Apply to the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

Apply Via SlideRoom

Our Slideroom site is a quick and simple way to complete your application and upload your portfolio and artist statement. Previous Slideroom users can log in using your existing account information.

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Apply Online Via the Common Application

Students applying using the Common Application must select the University of New Haven and select either Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Sculpture, or Undecided (Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts) as their major. Please note that by selecting Art you are applying for the main campus B.A. in Art.

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Individual Appointments

Individual appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by calling (860) 434-5232.

Application Checklist

  • First - Year Applicants

    Important Dates for First Year Applicants

    • Early Decision - December 1st deadline
    • Early Action - December 15th deadline
    • Regular Decision - March 1st Priority Deadline

    First-Year Applicants

    • Completed Application
    • $50 Application Fee
    • Official High School Transcripts
    • Official ACT or SAT Scores
    • Portfolio of Artwork
    • At least 1 Letter of Recommendation from an Academic Source
    • Personal Essay or Artist's Statement

    Students Applying for Early Decision must also:

    • Complete a personal interview with an Admissions Counselor (on - campus or via phone)
    • Submit Early Decision Contract signed by student and a parent/guardian

    Letters of Recommendation

    A minimum of one letter of recommendation from an Academic Source is required for admission. The College will accept sealed recommendation letters sent directly from the applicant but the seal should been signed by the recommender. Letters can be requested from teachers, counselors, employers, and community mentors. It's a good idea to request one letter from an art teacher if at all possible. International applicants must ensure that all letters of recommendation are in English and certified if translated.

  • Transfer Applicants
    • Completed Application
    • $50 Application Fee
    • College Transcripts
    • Personal Essay or Artist's Statement
    • Portfolio of Artwork
  • International Applicants
    1. Submit a complete Online Application through SlideRoom or apply through the Common Application.

      Application Deadlines:
      Fall semester, priority deadline of June 1st
      Spring semester, priority deadline of November 1st


    2. Submit official certified copies of senior secondary/high school records. This includes all grade reports, mark sheets, academic transcripts, final examination results, diplomas, and degree certificates such as Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate, Std. X (SSC), Std. XII (HSC), O-Levels, A-Levels, IB, WAEC, CXC, etc.

      Important note: An explanation of your high school grading system must be provided along with your transcripts. Many foreign high schools issue transcripts with a clear explanation of their grading system on the back or on the last page of the transcript.

      Chinese applicants are strongly encouraged to verify their transcripts by China Qualifications Verification Agency (CQV) and submit their verifications along with their transcripts.

      International transcripts in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified evaluation by one of the 4 professional credential evaluation agencies listed below:

      World Education Services
      Educational Credential Evaluators
      SpanTran Education Services
      World Education Services


    3. Submit at least one letter of recommendation from an academic source (teacher or guidance counselor).

      A minimum of one letter of recommendation from an Academic Source is required for admission. The College will accept sealed recommendation letters sent directly from the applicant but the seal should been signed by the recommender. Letters can be requested from teachers, counselors, employers, and community mentors. It's a good idea to request one letter from an art teacher if at all possible. International applicants must ensure that all letters of recommendation are in English and certified if translated.


    4. Submit a personal essay. The essay is an opportunity for us to get to know you as a person, not just your grades and test scores. It also gives us an example of how you express yourself and demonstrates your ability to organize your thoughts. The personal essay should be between 250 and 650 words on a topic of your choice.

    5. Submit one of the following standardized exams: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT. The University of New Haven School CEEB Code is 003663 and the ACT code is 0576.

    6. Portfolio of Artwork


    7. English Language Requirements

    Sending Your Documents:

    Please email all of the above-mentioned documents as soon as possible to IntUGAdm@newhaven.edu. You can also mail your documents to the following address:*

    Office of Admissions
    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
    84 Lyme Street
    Old Lyme, CT 06371
    U.S.A.

    * We recommend you use a special courier such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

Additional Details

  • Process and Policies

    Application and Fees

    Applications to the College should be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 application fee. Application fees can be submitted by money order, check, or credit card. Please note that additional processing fees may apply if credit card funds are coming from outside the U S.  Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts recognizes the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form. Please include the applicant’s full name on all money orders.

    Transcripts

    The College requires the submission of official transcripts from all previously-attended high schools, colleges, and credit granting programs. Official transcripts can be obtained by requesting them online or in writing from each school previously attended. Transcripts should be official and arrive in signed and sealed envelopes. Students must either submit evidence of a High School Diploma or its equivalent in order to gain admission to our degree-granting programs. International transcripts should arrive translated and certified, with grade equivalencies calculated if at all possible. If a General Equivalency Diploma was completed, please submit this certification. Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to apply and will be considered by the College with submission of proper documentation.  Please inquire directly with the Office of Admissions regarding home-schooling documentation requirements. High school transcripts are required of all applicants who do not yet hold a bachelor’s degree.

    Personal Statement

    Your statement will help the Admission Office to understand you better as an applicant and as an artist. The (minimum 350-word) statement should discuss your personal motivations to pursue a fine arts education and your choice of our school.  The Office of Admissions is interested in learning more about you and any special circumstances that might make you a unique candidate for admission to the College.

    Personal Interview

    Personal Interviews are recommended but not required. An Admission Representative will be happy to schedule a phone interview with you if you’re not able to visit in person.

    Test Scores

    ACT or SAT scores are required for applicants, with the exception of transfer and international applicants. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts considers each applicant’s highest test score. The Office of Admissions will super score, which means that we will select your best scores and recalculate your new total/composite score. Send Official SAT and/or ACT scores directly to the College. For the SAT, use school code #001397 and for the ACT, use code #3993.

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required if you have not attended an English-speaking school for more than two years and/or lived in an English-speaking country for more than four years.  There are no minimum score requirements but English proficiency should be strong as the College does not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are recommended, though not required and should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.  The College will accept sealed recommendation letters sent directly from the applicant but the seal should been signed by the recommender. Letters can be requested from teachers, counselors, employers, and community mentors.  It’s a good idea to request one letter from an art teacher if at all possible. International applicants must ensure that all letters of recommendation are in English and certified if translated.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts gives equal consideration to all applicants for admission and financial aid, and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or disability. Direct inquiries to the Office of the Dean, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

  • Portfolio Requirements

    Your portfolio will be evaluated for admission and scholarship purposes. Therefore, your artwork should represent your current skill level and abilities, as well as demonstrate your personal artistic voice. The College requires a minimum of 5 pieces, but welcomes submissions of 10 or more. Transfer applicants should consider including recent coursework examples for course credit transfer evaluation. Please also include an image identification sheet with the title, medium and date of completion for all portfolio submissions.

    • Select pieces that are recent and best demonstrate your dedication to your art. Include finished, high-quality works, as well as sketches or class assignments.
    • Include examples of artwork completed from direct observation. (Still life, landscape, figure drawing, self-portrait, etc.)
    • Submit only original artworks. Do not copy directly from photographs. Copies of master paintings are welcome if properly credited.
    • A variety of media is encouraged, including but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and animation.
    • Figure drawing is strongly encouraged.

    Portfolio Submission Guidelines

    All portfolios must be submitted either online through our Slideroom site or in JPG or PDF format on a CD. Clearly label the CD with your name and title all files appropriately. If possible, we recommend a preliminary portfolio review with an Admission Representative. You can have your portfolio evaluated at a Portfolio Day event of College Fair, or make an appointment to visit the College.