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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 • April 15th (Early Decision)
• July 15th (Regular Decision)
• May 1st
• 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.

Application Process


The online application begins by submitting a form with personal and program information. Once that form has been submitted, applicants will receive an email with a link and credentials to log in to our application portal and complete the application.

Applicants are asked to upload the following into the application portal in order to complete their application:
• 6 examples of artwork (see below for details)
• A personal statement (see below for details)
• Two Letters of Reference (see below for details)
• An image of the applicant’s valid government-issued ID
All applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in accordance with the notification dates above.
Successful applicants will receive an email notification with an Acceptance Packet. Applicants accepting a place must complete an Enrollment Agreement and pay the $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. Tuition payment instructions will be provided in the Acceptance Packet.

Early Decision

Applicants who wish to increase their chances of securing a space in the Core Program and are confident that Lyme Academy is the right school for them are encouraged to apply for Early Decision. Applicants who are accepted through the Early Decision admissions process are committed to enroll at Lyme Academy and expected to withdraw applications to other schools; this is a binding agreement.

Applicants who apply for Early Decision may be accepted or denied, or they may be deferred to the Regular Decision review process. Applicants may not apply for Regular Decision if they have been denied from Early Decision.

Artwork Samples

Core Drawing & Painting applicants should provide 6 examples of their artwork, submitted as digital images. Please label each image with the artwork title, size, and medium. Please also indicate if the artwork is a copy of another artwork.

Core Sculpture applicants should provide 6 examples of their artwork, submitted as digital images. Drawings are welcome, and may exceed the number of sculpted examples. Please include two views of any sculpted works, including relief sculptures. Label each image with the artwork title, size, and medium. Please also indicate if the artwork is a copy of another artwork.

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

Personal Statement

Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement (max. 500 words) explaining why they have chosen to apply to the Lyme Academy.

Letters of Reference

Applicants are required to provide two separate Letters of Reference. These may be from a teacher, friend, or colleague. Each Referee should email their Letter of Reference to: Letters will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

The timely submission of Letters of Reference is paramount; applications will not be considered complete until both Letters of Reference have been submitted.

Questions? Please contact our Admissions Office at 860.434.5232, ext.202 or email us at