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Those seeking admission to the Academy’s Full-Time Core Drawing & Painting Program or Core Sculpture Program, must submit a completed online application.

Students of all levels are encouraged to apply. We are primarily seeking students who demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to the challenges of a rigorous program.

Term Application Deadlines Notification Dates
Fall Term • July 15th • July 30th
Winter Term • October 15th • November 1st
Spring Term • January 15th • February 1st

Students may enter the Core Programs during the fall, winter, or spring trimester.  Note the deadlines for each application period, indicated above.

There are a limited number of spaces available and enrollment is competitive, therefore, we encourage all students to apply prior to the stated deadlines. Late applications will be held on a waitlist and considered based on the availability of space.

It is the policy of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts not to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital and civil partnership, pregnancy, age, religion or belief, national origin, or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, employment practices, scholarship programs, and other Academy-related activities.

Artwork Samples

Drawing & Painting applicants should provide six examples of their artwork. Label each image with the artwork title, size, and medium, and indicate if the artwork is a copy of another artwork.

Sculpture applicants should provide six examples of their artwork. Drawings are most welcome, and this application is open to students who have more drawings than sculptures. Please include two views of any sculptures, even relief sculptures. Label each image with the artwork title, size, and medium, and indicate if the artwork is a copy of another artwork.

File extensions accepted: .png, .jpg, .pdf, .tif (No more than 1MB file size each, please)

Application Process

Complete and submit the online application.

The Admissions Committee will review all applications. All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in accordance with the notification dates above.

Upon acceptance, students will receive an Acceptance Packet. Included in the Packet is a Confirmation Form that must be completed and returned with a $1000.00 non-refundable deposit within 10 days of acceptance to secure a place in the Core Program. The deposit will be allocated toward the first tuition payment. Payment instructions will be provided in the Acceptance Packet.

We are happy to assist you with any questions. Please contact our Admissions Office at 860.434.5232 or email us at