Prospective Students

Prospective First-Year and Transfer Students Must:

  1. Submit their application through the Common Application or the Marymount Manhattan College Website to begin the Art & Art History review process. 
  2. Once an application has been submitted students will be given access to their Admissions Portalwhere they will be prompted to upload their Art Portfolio or Art History Paper.
  3. Note: Your transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation can be submitted at a later date, and do not need to be marked as complete in order to submit your portfolio.

Art Major

Admission to the Art program in Studio Art, Photography, Illustration and Animation, or Graphic Design requires an art portfolio review in order to be considered for the program and any Art Awards. The deadline to submit a portfolio for scholarship/award consideration is February 18 (fall entry)/November 15 (spring entry), but we will still accept portfolios after that date.

Students who do not have a portfolio at the time of application will be admitted to the program as conditional Art majors and their work will be evaluated after the first semester by their faculty advisor.

Art Portfolio Requirements:
  • 12-15 Images (this should consist of your best work and demonstrate a variety of media skills, or if you prefer, a cohesive body of work).
  • 1 image in your portfolio must be a self-portrait, in any medium.
  • Optional: An Artist Statement (inclusive of your artistic aspirations, goals, style, and the way you approach your artistic work).

Art History Major

Admission into the Art History major does not require a portfolio review, however, if an applicant would like to be considered for an Art History Award as part of their financial aid package, applicants may submit a 5-7 page research paper on either a specific artist or artistic movement for consideration of an Art Award. This paper should also contain an argument that you support with your research.

All research papers will submitted via the Admissions Portal. The deadline to submit an essay for scholarship consideration is February 18 (summer or fall entry)/November 15 (spring entry). 

Art & Art History - In-Person Open House

Join us for an In-Person Open House Event hosted by the Department of Art & Art History! In this session you will hear from our expert faculty about what to expect from an MMC arts education and learn about our concentrations in: Art History, Graphic Design, Illustration & Animation, Photography, and Studio Art.

You will also have the opportunity to speak with current students in the department, get insight into the application/artistic review process, and have all of your MMC-related questions answered!

Date(s) Offered

October 29, 2022

November 5, 2022

One-On-One Portfolio Review Session

This year the Art/Art History Department will be hosting one Virtual Portfolio Review session on November 16, 2022 and one In-Person session on December 4, 2022. 

Join us for a One-on-One Portfolio Review Session hosted by the Department of Art & Art History.

During your 15-minute appointment you will meet one-on-one with our expert faculty to learn about how to prepare the perfect art portfolio for college admission and get feedback on how to make your portfolio stand out in the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to learn about why the Department of Art at MMC is the perfect place to develop your skills and hone your artistic voice!

Date(s) Offered

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November 16, 2022

Virtual @ 6:00 PM

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December 4, 2022

In-Person 11:00AM

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(All applicants who complete their application and submit their Art Portfolio/Art History Paper to the Department of Art and Art History are automatically considered for a Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship. Applicants may also receive an Academic Merit Scholarship which can be stacked with the Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship.)

Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarships may be awarded to applicants based on their Portfolio/Art History Paper submission. Your Admissions file to the College must be completed in the Admissions Office by March 6, 2023 to be considered for a Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship. Any Admissions file completed after this date will be considered for a Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship based on remaining funds available. No additional written application is required for consideration.

Higher Education Opportunity Program

Prospective Art & Art History students who are HEOP applicants are encouraged to apply to the HEOP program by December 15th and submit their Art portfolio as early as possible.  For more information on the HEOP program, please refer to the HEOP page.

Want to know more or schedule a class visit? Contact The Office of Admissions at or call 212-517-0430.  

If you have specific questions about the Department of Art and Art History or the application process, please contact Mondo Morales, Associate Director of Fine & Performing Arts Admission, at 212-517-0514  or email him at  

We look forward to speaking with you!