How To Apply

First Time Applicants

First Time applicants to the University and prospective students not currently attending Western must first make normal application to Western University through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre www.ouac.on.ca. The BFA program is clearly distinguished on the OUAC application form under the code EAV "MN: Fine Arts - Studio (portfolio required)":

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Students should then follow the Visual Arts web link on the OUAC form to go directly to the Department of Visual Arts website www.uwo.ca/visarts/undergraduate/bfa/portfolio_requirements.html to obtain specifics regarding the portfolio requirements, evaluation criteria, and timelines.

All prospective BFA students are required to submit a digital portfolio and personal statement via SlideRoom www.westernu.slideroom.com by February 15. We welcome the opportunity to meet applicants in person and discuss their work. Should a student wish to present the portfolio they uploaded to SlideRoom in person to a faculty member, they can arrange an appointment with Marlene Jones at mjones5@uwo.ca  either for the March Break Open House on March 10, 2018 or any time before then. The Portfolio deadline is February 15.  Portfolio reviews will begin in January. Applicants who meet Western’s admission criteria and have submitted a successful portfolio at that time will receive early offers of admission.

Prospective students who apply to the"MN: Fine Arts - Studio (portfolio required)" program on the OUAC website are strongly advised to also apply to the "MN: Arts and Humanities with Subject of Major Interest Visual Arts" program.

Internal Candidates

Current Western Students who have successfully completed (or are completing) VAS1020 and who wish to apply to the BFA program must upload a digital portfolio and personal statement via SlideRoom www.westernu.slideroom.com by March 29th, 2018.

  • Portfolios will consist of 12 pieces of recent artwork demonstrating a range in subject matter, approaches, techniques or media.
  • In addition to traditional two and three-dimensional work, examples of digital video, audio and photographic media are welcomed.
  • At least four of the pieces should provide examples of a sustained exploration or development of a creative idea. This could be through four different works sharing a single theme, or through a series of studies relating to preparation of a final work.
  • A $12 USD fee will be charged at the time of submission. Please note that there are several programs listed at our SlideRoom portal; it is very important that you upload your images into the correct program that you are applying for, BFA - Internal Candidates (for current Western University Students) 2018.