Apply for Admission : Graduate Art Portfolio

The following instructions are only for students applying to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in the School of Art and Design.

The portfolio, completed application, and all required supporting documents must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15.

For all MFA applicants: the portfolio must be submitted in digital format. No slides will be accepted.

Ceramic Art and Sculpture/Dimensional Studies MFA applicants must submit the required portfolio of 20 images online, via SlideRoom. Detail images count toward the total of 20. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office with questions regarding portfolio submission.

Electronic Integrated Arts MFA applicants: The portfolio may be submitted using SlideRoom, disc/tape, or a combination of both. Please note that SlideRoom does not support the submission of interactive works, animation, or videos over 60MB. Links to websites and online pieces may be posted to SlideRoom. MFA-EIA applicants working primarily with video are encouraged to submit the portfolio on disc or tape for the best presentation of your work. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office with questions regarding portfolio submission.

Submission via SlideRoom
Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv), music/sound (mp3) or PDF documents. For good image quality and fast upload, image files should be sized with a maximum dimension of 1024px @72dpi. Please keep video files under 60MB. There is a nominal, non-refundable fee for this service. SlideRoom's online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. For technical assistance, email or visit their helpdesk.

Submission on Disc or USB Drive (MFA-EIA applicants only)

Depending on the individual work, the MFA-EIA applicant's portfolio may be a combination of the following digital files:

  • Prints, videos, animations, sound pieces, interactive works, installations, websites, or other appropriate work.
  • Excerpts from longer video or sound works are strongly encouraged, along with complete works when appropriate.

PowerPoint and Keynote are acceptable formats for MFA-EIA portfolios submitted on disc. Acceptable file types include:

  • For audio works: AIFF, WAVE, or MP3.
  • For video works: mov, wmv, flv, MPEG4, Mini DV or HDDV tapes.
  • For digital prints, we recommend jpeg files, sized no greater than 1MB per file.

Graduate Admissions Office
Alumni Hall
Alfred University
1 Saxon Dr.
Alfred, NY, 14802

Ph: 607.871.2115/800.541.9229


School of Art & Design
Art Office
Harder Hall
Alfred University
2 Pine St.
Alfred, NY, 14802

Ph: 607.871.2442