Brown University

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02912 Providence



Approximately 5,900 students are enrolled in the Undergraduate College, 1,500 in the Graduate School and 340 in the Medical School. These students represent all 50 states and many foreign countries. For 2010, more than 18,000 applicants applied for 1,450 places in the freshman class. All undergraduates were admitted under a need-blind admission policy.

Brown’s three schools offer nearly 100 programs of study. The University adheres to a collaborative university-college model in which faculty are as committed to teaching as they are to research, embracing a curriculum that requires students to be architects of their education.

With 628 faculty members, the largest number in Brown’s history, the current student to faculty ratio stands at 9 to 1. Through the Plan for Academic Enrichment, the University is in the process of hiring 100 new faculty members.

Students participate in more than 300 organizations at Brown. In addition, students have the opportunity to join one of Brown’s 37 varsity athletic teams or compete at the club and intramural levels.

Brown’s campus is composed of 238 buildings and sits on 143 acres in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island. The University library system contains more than 6,000,000 items, including bound volumes, periodicals, maps, sheet music and manuscripts. Other facilities include several hundred personal workstations, computers and terminals located around campus.


A Visual Arts education at Brown is a rich experience of conceptual challenge, skill building, and self-discovery. Our students acquire the intellectual and practical tools to make art as well as to interpret and critique the world of images. We offer the student a range of educational experiences with in both historical studio practices (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture) in addition to newer and emerging technologies (digital media, film and video). All the Visual Art faculty are nationally exhibited working artists.

Our purpose is to prepare students for graduate study and/or to work productively within an expanding array of opportunities offered by the visual culture industry. We offer two undergraduate concentrations: Visual Art, and Art/Semiotics, an interdisciplinary concentration with the Department of Modern Culture and Media. In addition, our students have the opportunity to take classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Alumni from the Brown Visual Art and Art/Semiotics Concentrations include successful artists in every medium.

We also offer non-concentrators an opportunity to explore practice in the arts as an enhancement of their general education. Our Foundation Drawing class is one of the most popular courses on campus.


Although portfolios are not required for undergraduate admission, applicants are encouraged to present portfolios to enhance their application file. Portfolios should be designed to reveal and/or highlight the applicant's creative potential. Applicants are encouraged to present a diverse body of work focusing on individual artistic strengths and interests.

Please include one sheet of 10-20 slides, or approximately 10 color prints of work, and a list of the pieces including title, size, and medium. We encourage drawings, paintings, collage, sculpture, photography, books and mixed media; we discourage the submission of ceramics, jewelry and other crafts.

The portfolio should be submitted to the Admissions Department at the time of application.

Portfolios will not be returned.