School of Art + Design

The School of Art + Design’s degree program offers an associate of fine arts (AFA)—a foundation curriculum parallel to the first two years of a baccalaureate in fine arts (BFA). The first year studies include core studio courses in drawing (Introduction to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing and Figure Drawing I), and 2-D and 3-D design. In the second year, students select their major. Graphic Design majors study computer graphics, graphic design, photography, and typography. Studio Arts majors study drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Your total course-work at the School of Art + Design will include 2/3 studio courses and 1/3 general education courses.

Students completing the School of Art + Design program continue their study in many areas including fine art, graphic design, web page design, curating, art education, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Administrators, faculty, and staff can answer your questions and help guide you along the path toward your goals. Our primary concern is to help you reach your highest potential.



All credit students applying to the School of Art + Design at Montgomery College (SA+D) must submit a School of Art + Design application as well as the general online Montgomery College application. Current Montgomery College students need only submit the SA+D application form.

In addition to the SA+D application, the following items must be submitted:

  • Official high school/college transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation from an art teacher, counselor, employer or a professional in the art field who is not a relative.
  • A portfolio review/interview 
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Send the completed application form, transcripts, and letter to: 
           School of Art and Design at Montgomery College 
           7600 Takoma Avenue, CF 120 
           Takoma Park, MD 20912

You will receive written confirmation via email from the SA+D Admissions Office upon receipt of your application.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact:  Kevin Bowman, SA+D Coordinator | 240-567-1375


The portfolio is one of the most important factors in the our admissions decision. Portfolios may be submitted digitally or reviewed in person.

In-Person Portfolio Review: Contact Kevin Bowman, SA+D Coordinator, by e-mail at to arrange for a portfolio review and interview. You will meet with a faculty member to review your portfolio. In-person reviews are ideal for applicants to get a sense of the facilities, visit classes and critiques, and develop a rapport with the personnel in the program.

Digital Portfolio Review: If you opt to submit your portfolio digitally, you may submit a CD or DVD with digital images. Your portfolio should include 8-20 high-quality images of your work in JPEG format as well as a slide list. Please number you image files and identify each image on the slide list (indicating title, medium, date, and size of the work).


Each prospective student's portfolio is evaluated by the SA+D Admissions Review Committee. The SA+D Admissions Office considers the applicant's educational background and experience. Evidence of strong personal motivation, academic achievement, and strength of portfolio are all important factors in the School's admissions decision. We work with all applicants to help prepare them to attend the SA+D degree program. Therefore, applicants who are not admitted during the first portfolio review may elect to work on improving their portfolios to apply for a second portfolio review. 

Applicants who would benefit from assistance in portfolio preparation may consider enrolling in SA+D's Portfolio Development class. This studio class is offered at various times during the year through the Montgomery College Community Arts program.

Your portfolio should include:

  • At least 8 works, including some from direct observation (still life, portraits, landscapes, interior spaces, figures, etc.)
  • Variety of media recommended: pencil, ink, charcoal, and acrylics/oils.
  • Compositions using foreground, middle ground, and background with a good range of value.
  • Current work (no older than 2 years).
  • Sketchbook is recommended. 

Artwork does not need to be matted or framed, but does need to be neatly presented; no folded, torn, or stained work.

Regardless of your focus or interest in art, your portfolio should show a variety of art skills. The majority of your portfolio may reflect your area of interest but drawings and sketches are required as well.

International Students have additional steps to take for admission.  Refer to the International Student Admissions pagenew window for assistance.  #YouAreWelcomeHere

The School of Art + Design is fortunate to provide several scholarship opportunities to applicants and currently enrolled students. These scholarships include:

  • Sophie Danish Scholarship
  • Gudelsky Scholarship
  • Maggie Noss Memorial Scholarship

For specific information about scholarship opportunities, please submit your application for admission and we will send you notifications about upcoming scholarships.