For more information on the admission process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website. Applications may be submitted via the Common Application.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
800 21st Street NW, Suite 100
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
gwadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-6040

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
6 credits in foundational courses selected from the following:
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
12 credits in fine art studio courses:
CSA 1090Fine Art Fundamentals I
CSA 1091Fine Art Fundamentals II
CSA 2092Fine Art Studio Experimental Materiality
CSA 3092Fine Art Studio Critical Practices in Making
Studio electives
3 credits in studio electives taken at any level, selected from subject areas CSA,CTAD, CMUS, CPJ, CGD, or CIXD.
Studio arts electives
6 credits in studio arts electives taken at the 2000 level or above, selected from subject areas CSA or CPJ.
Cross-disciplinary studio electives
3 credits in cross-disciplinary studio electives selected from the following:
CSA 3901Special Topics: Cross-Disciplinary Studio Arts
CSA 3911Collaborative Practices: Social Practices of Art
CSA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art
CSA 3913Painting Off the Wall
CSA 3914Art Outside the Gallery
CSA 3915Public Spectacle in Socially Engaged Art
CSA 3951Creative Photovoltaics
Professional practices
3 credits in professional practices selected from the following:
CSA 4170Professional Practices for Artists
Thesis
6 credits in thesis coursework. Students participate in a thesis exhibition as part of their thesis.
CSA 4092Fine Art Thesis I
CSA 4093Fine Art Thesis II
Art history
9 credits in art history courses:
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
and 6 additional credits in art history or CSA seminars selected from the following:
CSA 3021WTopics in Fine Art Seminar
CSA 3020WTopics in Photography and Photojournalism
CSA 4020WPhotography and Photojournalism Studio Seminar
CSA 4021WFine Art Studio Seminar

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained, by the end of the junior year, a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall. By the end of the junior year, students should consult their advisor regarding eligibility, selection of an area of study, and a director of the research or creative arts project.