Visual Arts Admissions

Faculty of Humanities

Visual Arts Admissions


All prospective students are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of marks and, where applicable, on a portfolio. The Visual Arts program is limited in its enrollment.

Students must submit a successful portfolio before being considered for the Visual Arts program. Once the portfolio has been deemed successful the student will then be considered for admission based on marks. Secondary school applicants will require an average in the mid to low 70s, all other applicants with post-secondary studies should refer to for guidelines. Important note: applicants transferring from a post-secondary Visual Arts program to Brock’s Visual Arts program are exempt from submission of a portfolio.

Students currently registered at Brock who wish to change their major to Visual Arts or who wish to declare Visual Arts as a major must apply directly to the program. These applications will be considered in January and May of each year following a portfolio interview. For further information consult the portfolio guidelines below or contact the Department.


Ontario Secondary School students must have a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses and have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Required course: ENG4U 

Recommended courses: One from 4U history, philosophy, classical studies, or international language

Expected Entrance average: mid to low 70s

All other applicants please refer to:


Students wishing to declare or change their major to Visual Arts are considered for admission into the program twice a year – in January and May. Admission to the Visual Arts program requires a portfolio interview. We suggest that students seeking acceptance into the Visual Arts program make an appointment with the Chair, Murray Kropf, to present their portfolio for the purpose of determining whether they are qualified for the program. See portfolio guidelines below. Contact the Department Chair at or by phone at extension 5306.

In the meantime, students wishing to plan for a change of major are advised to make an appointment with the Humanities Academic Advisor for Visual Arts, Alisa Cunnington to go over course options that will be of benefit should students succeed in being accepted into our program. Alisa can be reached at or at extension 5279.


New Students

If you are applying to the Visual Arts Program you will be accepted based on your grade-point-average. A digital portfolio assessment is required and you can download the submission requirements.

Current Brock Students

For Brock students applying for declaration or change of major an interview and portfolio evaluation provide the Department with the opportunity to assess a student's potential for future development and their suitability for the VISA studio program.

The portfolio should include 6 - 12 works that are as varied in subject as they are in medium. We recommend you present as many of the following types or combinations of media: drawing, painting, sculpture (submit only photographic documentation of sculpture be it slides or photographs), printmaking, photography or digital media. You should include a recent life-size portrait (head only) with a current sketchbook.

In an interview with one of the Visual Arts faculty, you will be asked to explain something about yourself, your interests, goals and present involvement with the visual arts.

Students submitting their portfolio digitally should do so on a CD. Images should be in JPEG format no more than 640 x 480 pixels at 150 dpi. Include a label with each image indicating your name, medium, dimensions and date of the work.

Digital Portfolio Submission Guide


Students wishing to study abroad should be aware that there are many opportunities to pursue their studies for a year at many different Universities around the world. For more information on this please visit:

Brock University Office of International services  

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