Admission Process Overview

The Visual Communications baccalaureate degree programs consist of eight semesters of sequential coursework including general education credits. The admission process is the same for entering freshman, transfer students and returning professionals with advanced degrees. It begins with an official Farmingdale State College application (or a SUNY application) specifying – Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design - code#1091 or Interaction Design code #2570 – as the curriculum of choice. An online application for Farmingdale State College is available here

Academic & Artistic Eligibility: 

Applicants’ academic records are evaluated by the Office of Admission to determine if the student is academically eligible to enroll in the Visual Communications Program. This includes a review of high school transcripts, SAT scores and college transcripts for transfer students and returning professionals. In addition to a successful academic record, all applicants must have successfully completed at least one full year of art. Students transferring from another college must have a minimum, of a 2.5 GPA. Official transcripts from high school or college must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions.

Applicants deemed academically eligible to enroll in Visual Communications Programs will receive an invitation to submit their artwork digitally for review.

Artistic Eligibility 

The diverse artistic experience of our applicants requires that we evaluate artistic skills in a manner that is both uniform and comprehensive. In order to complete the application process, applicants are required to submit Admission Activities and a Portfolio online after receiving an invitation for submission.

The Admission Activities for Graphic Design consist of four assignments created by the faculty from the Visual Communications Department to evaluate each applicant's current level of artistic skill and potential for success in our program. The Admission Activities for Interaction Design is a test with a number of questions that were also created by the faculty from the Visual Communications Department to evaluate each applicant's current level of artistic skill and potential for success in our program.

The Portfolio is as important as the Admission Assignments. The skills we are looking for include drawing, design, use of color and typography. Samples should reflect a student's ability to create and execute graphic design in a variety of media. An ideal portfolio consists of a broad range of work utilizing both traditional and electronic media, in both black & white and color. Large three dimensional pieces should be photographed to show at least three sides. 

Works created in credit bearing, art or design courses in other institutions may be applied toward advanced placement credit. Coursework should be collected into separate files, each containing at least three pieces, labeled with the name of the course. Only courses for which adequate work is submitted will be considered for advanced placement. 

Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio should contain at least 12 pieces of your best work. The samples included should reflect your ability to create and execute artwork in a variety of media. Specifically, your portfolio should reflect your proficiency in drawing, design, color and typography. An ideal portfolio consists of a broad range of work utilizing both traditional and electronic media, in both black & white and color.

  • Collect work and identify into separate folders by course or by medium
  • Include at least 3 pieces from each course or medium
  • Traditional, non-digital, large, framed or fragile projects can be photographs or scans
  • Photographs of traditional large three-dimensional pieces should show at least three side
  • Digital native files, motion graphics and website sample must include all images, assets and and fonts necessary for proper viewing
  • Any PDF files must have fonts embedded

Portfolio Recommendations

Variety of medium, subject and technique are key elements of a great portfolio. Proficiency in drawing, design, color and typography are best demonstrated by…

  • Drawing: landscapes, figure drawing, self-portrait, small objects; ideally from direct observation using traditional media (pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylics)
  • Graphic Design: brochure, flyer, advertisement, logo design, poster, garment graphics, etc.
  • Typography: hand lettering, logo designs, editorial layouts, menu, calendar, letterhead, business card, etc.
  • Package Design: including graphics, type, 2D production layout, and 3D model

For additional information, please e-mail Ms. Segarra at segarry@farmingdale.edu or call (631) 420-2180. For questions of academic eligibility, please contact the Office of Admissions at (631) 420-2200