Apply for Admission : Undergraduate Art Portfolio

The following instructions apply to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) School of Art and Design applicants only.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Your portfolio should reflect your abilities and your passion.
  • Submit 15 to 20 samples of your best work. At least four of the pieces must be drawings from direct observation. Drawings from photographs do not count toward this requirement.
  • All work should demonstrate your command of elements of visual language, including composition, line, form, and color.
  • Your portfolio should also demonstrate your conceptual skills, your willingness to experiment, and your respect for craftsmanship, as well as your commitment to visual expression and communication.
  • Your portfolio may include "work in progress." Sketches can provide valuable information about how you see, how you work, and how you think.
  • Your portfolio may be submitted with your application or later, as long as it is submitted by the deadline.

Portfolio Deadlines

  • Freshman
    Regular Decision: February 1
    Early Decision: December 1
  • Transfer
    Spring Admission: November 15
    Fall Admission: March 1

Portfolio Submission

  • You must submit your portfolio electronically through our SlideRoom portal. There is a nominal non-refundable fee for this service and an email address is required to register. SlideRoom's online portal offers additional instructions for submitting your work. If you need technical assistance, please email or refer to their FAQ.
  • You may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv, mp4), music (mp3) or .pdf files.
  • For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized with a maximum dimension of 1024 px. Please keep video files under 60 MB each.

Photographing Your Work
Plan to photograph your work well before deadlines so that you can make improvements if necessary. We recommend using a tripod. Remove any glass or plastic that covers the work to eliminate glare. Use a neutral background. Have a well-lit work area. If working outdoors, an overcast sky will provide good diffused lighting. Two-dimensional artwork should fill the entire frame of your image. Make sure the image is in focus.

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