Applying as an international student

Here’s how to apply if you are not a U.S. student.

Complete and submit these items using the online application service SlideRoom:

  • Online application.
  • $50 application fee payable to Watkins College of Art. You also may pay by check, credit card, or using our online payment systemContact our Admissions Office if you think you may qualify for a waiver based on your application date or portfolio review.
  • Portfolio of your work (required for the BFA Program).
  • Statement of Intent essay of approximately 500 words that describes who you are as an artist. Tell us why art school and why Watkins. Include your personal views as an artist and how your portfolio reflects those views. Discuss your interests, influences, and goals. Treat this as a formal essay that demonstrates your written communication skills, critical thinking, and command of proper grammar and punctuation.
  • Statement of Support verifying that you have sufficient financial sponsorship to pay all Watkins-related expenses—including tuition, fees, textbooks, school-related and living expenses—for a minimum of one academic year. You could provide a bank statement, for example, as a statement of support.

Have these items sent directly to us:

  • One to three letters of reference (recommended but not required) completed by individuals who can speak to your potential to succeed at Watkins—someone you know through school, work, or professional activity (not a relative or friend).
  • High school (or your country’s equivalent) transcripts.
  • College transcripts if you hold college credit-hours through a dual-enrollment or pre-college program.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores completed within the last five years. Use Watkins ACT code 4027 and SAT code 4927 to have your scores sent directly to Watkins. Contact our Admissions Office if you did not take either test or if your scores are more than five years old. We use these scores to fully evaluate your potential to succeed at Watkins but do not require a minimum score for consideration.
  • TOEFL scores (unless you reside in a country where English is the official language). We require the following minimum scores: 60 for the internet-based test; 170 for the computer-based test; and 500 for the paper-based test. Your scores must be current and from official TOEFL tests. Take a free practice TOEFL test.

International student enrollment deposit requirement

When we accept you for admission, you must pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $2,000 to hold your place in the incoming class. We will apply your deposit to your first semester’s tuition when you register for classes. We will refund $1,900 of your deposit if you cancel your enrollment.

F-1 Visa requirement

After we receive your enrollment deposit, we will complete and send a form I-20 to you so that you can apply for an F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy. Note that when you are admitted under F-1 visa status, you must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit-hours per fall and spring terms), and you may not be employed off campus.