COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS COMMON PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

FIRST YEAR FRESHMAN/TRANSFER

The renowned Art Education program at Kutztown University is where you begin your inspirational career as a visual arts teacher and a leader in the field. There are two tracks, one in which you will earn a Pre-K-12 certification to teach in the state of Pennsylvania and another, which focuses on teaching art in alternative settings, such as a museum. After graduating with a BS in Art Education, students have proceeded to teach and work in a variety of settings, such as public schools, independent schools, museums, health and wellness facilities, and community settings. Many graduates further their education by enrolling in graduate school.

The process for applying to The Department of Art Education requires both an application to the University and successful completion of a Portfolio Review or Art Test either in person, at an open house, an off-site review or by submitting online using SlideRoom.

To get started with SlideRoom:
1) Navigate in your browser to SlideRoom
2) Sign up for SlideRoom
3) Select the major you are applying to as either a freshman or transfer student
4) Submit your portfolio, unofficial transcripts (transfer students only) then pay the $10 fee. Portfolio expectations are outlined below
5) Wait for the news!

*The use of SlideRoom is not mandatory for application. Students may contact Undergraduate Admissions or the Art Education and Crafts department for directions on alternate methods of submitting materials.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on the Portfolio or Art Test submitted on SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio you must attend one of the Portfolio Review dates noted below.

October IMPORTANT DEADLINES

  • Portfolios and Art Tests submitted online for fall 2019 are reviewed on a rolling basis from September 1 –August 2, 2019.
  • Final deadline for applications is August 2nd for the following fall academic semester.
  • Final deadline for applications is October 15th for the following spring academic semester.
  • The cutoff date to be considered for scholarships is February 15th.

    NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT.

IN PERSON PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Registration for Portfolio Reviews may be made online from the Admissions Open House page.

On-Campus Reviews for Spring/Fall 2020 acceptance:

September 28, 2020
October 26, 2020 
November 6, 2020 VPA Open House
November 16, 2020

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

NUMBER OF PIECES: 10-15

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO INCLUDE

  • Two-Dimensional Design: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Illustrations (traditional or digital), and Graphic Design. Works can range from observational to abstract and should demonstrate your understanding of composition, color, tonal value, shape, line, and texture, etc.
  • Three-Dimensional Design: Sculpture, Ceramics, Metals, Jewelry, Woodworking, Mixed Media, Installation Pieces, Assemblage. For three-dimensional work provide at least 2 views per piece. 
  • Digital & Time-Based Work: Animations, Motion Graphics, Creative Video, Video Games, Film, Websites, etc. Keep your submission to 10 minutes or less for all pieces combined; you may submit excerpts for longer pieces. You can upload items to Slideroom (500 mb limit per file) or supply links to public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

ACCEPTED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Sketches/Sketchbooks – Concepts, Journals, Sketches, Experimentation with Techniques
  • Observational Drawings

PRESENTATION

  • Select: Include only your strongest, most recent work. Showcase problem solving, decision-making, and originality of ideas.
  • Document: For large scale or three-dimensional work, make close-up, focused, high-resolution, well-lit submissions shots showing the entire piece. Crop the image to remove distracting backgrounds or frames and make sure the shot is straight.

For three–dimensional work, photograph with a neutral background (white, black, grey) and show at least two views of the work. You may combine two views of the work in a single slide.

The simplest way to get the best lighting is to use daylight. Do not use a flash. The best type is indirect daylight; avoid photographing in direct sunlight.  Indirect light can be achieved by photographing in a room with large windows or outside in the shadow of a building. Avoid photographing late in the day when the sun is low.

  • Organize: Develop an order to your presentation that makes sense and has a logical flow.

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ART TEST

To evaluate your ability to succeed in the Art Education and Crafts program and be accepted into the major, you can complete an assignment-based portfolio, called the Art Test, that consists of submitting solutions to two assignments as well as 3-5 other examples of your best creative works*. You may also participate in an interview-style in person Portfolio Review that takes place on campus.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on Art Tests submitted on SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio you must attend one of the in person Portfolio Reviews.

*The use of SlideRoom is not mandatory for application. Students may contact Undergraduate Admissions or the Communication Design department for directions on alternate methods of submitting materials.

FORMS

Art Test Applicant Information
The following information is part of your application requirements.

  • Name of High School Attended 
  • Name of High School Art Teacher(s)

Please give us the name(s) of your high school art teacher(s). If you did not have art class in high school, type NA

  • What year did you graduate? 
  • What is your date-of-birth?
  • Transcripts (transfers only)

ART TEST ASSIGNMENTS – FALL 2019

  1. "What's on your head?" Create a self portrait from observation.
  • What we wear can be an outward expression of who we are. Hats come in all shapes and sizes that may represent your favorite team, a love for the wild west, your desire to be born in the era of the "hippies" or that you are a pro on the ski slopes.
  • For this assignment put on your favorite hat (or any other type of headdress), LOOK IN A MIRROR and draw your self portrait from the shoulders up.
  • Add in a background that compliments your "hat". For example if you are wearing a western hat add in a background of an old saloon. The background drawing can be from observation, from a reference photo or from your imagination.
  • This assignment may be executed in pencil, paint, pen & ink, marker, pastel or charcoal. Black and white is allowed but color is encouraged.
  • We are looking for detail and quality of rendering the human face along with creative thinking and overall drawing skills and composition.
  • Use the “Description” area of each slide to briefly describe your ideas, techniques or creative process and help us better understand why you selected that specific headpiece, and your overall inspiration for your submission.
  • Make close-up, focused, high-resolution, well-lit submission shots showing the entire piece. Crop the image to remove distracting backgrounds or frames and make sure the shot is straight.
  1. "CHANGE" Design a poster promoting a change.
  • Design has been used throughout history to ignite change! 
  • Create a visually dominant poster design that would inspire viewers to make a change to better the world. An example of a change would be people participating in the recent "No Plastic July" movement.
  • Research should play a large role in this assignment. We are looking for submissions that go beyond the obvious. 
  • Your poster must include strong visuals and text that would grab the attention of viewers and compel them to learn more about the topic, see things in a new light or take a step in implementing the change in their own lives. 
  • The poster design should demonstrate your research, creative thinking, writing skills, solid craftsmanship and the effective use of color theory and composition. 
  • This assignment would be best executed in colored pencil, marker, paint, pen & ink, or pastel. However, you may use any media except the computer.  Use hand drawn lettering (you may trace letters).
  • Use the “Description” area of each slide to briefly describe your ideas, techniques or creative process and help us better understand your thinking, research, and the inspiration behind it. 
  • Make close-up, focused, high-resolution, well-lit submissions shots showing the entire piece. Crop the image to remove distracting backgrounds or frames and make sure the shot is straight.
  1. MANDATORY
  • Include 3-5 additional examples of your best work. One of these pieces must be created using hand-done medium. This is your opportunity to show us what other type of artwork you create.

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO INCLUDE

  • Two-Dimensional Design: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Illustrations (traditional or digital), and Graphic Design. Works can range from observational to abstract and should demonstrate your understanding of composition, color, tonal value, shape, line, and texture, etc.
  • Three-Dimensional Design: Sculpture, Ceramics, Metals, Jewelry, Woodworking, Mixed Media, Installation Pieces, Assemblage. For three-dimensional work provide at least 2 views per piece.
  • Digital & Time-Based Work: Animations, Motion Graphics, Creative Video, Video Games, Film, Websites, etc. Keep your submission to 10 minutes or less for all pieces combined; you may submit excerpts for longer pieces. You can upload items to Slideroom (500 mb limit per file) or supply links to public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

ACCEPTED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Sketches/Sketchbooks – Concepts, Journals, Sketches, Experimentation with Techniques
  • Observational Drawings 

PRESENTATION

  • Select: Include only your strongest, most recent work. Showcase problem solving, decision-making, and originality of ideas.
  • Document: Make close-up, focused, high-resolution, well-lit submissions shots showing the entire piece. Crop the image to remove distracting backgrounds or frames and make sure the shot is straight.

For three–dimensional work, photograph with a neutral background (white, black, grey) and show at least two views of the work. You may combine two views of the work in a single slide.

The simplest way to get the best lighting is to use daylight. Do not use a flash. The best type is indirect daylight; avoid photographing in direct sunlight.  Indirect light can be achieved by photographing in a room with large windows or outside in the shadow of a building.  Avoid photographing late in the day when the sun is low.

  • Organize: Develop an order to your presentation that makes sense and has a logical flow.
  • Communicate: Use the “Description” area of each slide to briefly describe your ideas, techniques or creative process.

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HELPFUL CONTACTS
Contact the Portfolio Coordinator, Rick Salafia, at salafia@kutztown.edu with any portfolio/art test questions.
Contact Admissions to apply to the University at (610) 683-4060 or toll-free 1-877-628-1915 between 8am and 4:30pm EST Monday–Friday or apply online. For more information regarding University admissions requirements click here.
To contact The Department Art Education call the office manager, Tracy Reidenhour, at (610) 683-4520 8am and 4:30pm EST Monday–Friday or email her at treidenh@kutztown.edu.