PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIREMENTS
Art, Art Education, and Design Portfolio Review Dates and Requirements
Students interested in pursuing Art Education, Applied Digital Arts, Communication Design, or Studio Art require both an application to the University and the successful completion of a Portfolio Review either in-person or online through SlideRoom.
IN-PERSON PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Portfolios for incoming first-year students are reviewed on designated Portfolio Review days in an interview setting with faculty. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration for Portfolio Reviews may be made online from the Admissions Events page.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | Click here to register
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Click here to register
TBD Fall 2020 | National Portfolio Day, Philadelphia
ONLINE PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Portfolios for first-year students can be submitted online using SlideRoom. Requirements for submitting work are outlined above and are the same requirements for in-person Portfolio Reviews. There is a fee of $10 to upload a portfolio to SlideRoom.
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on the portfolios submitted on SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio, you must attend one of the in-person Portfolio Review dates.
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.
SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED
- Observational Drawings
- Sketches/Sketchbooks– Concepts, Journals, Sketches, Experimentation with Techniques
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.
November 15, 2019 | Portfolio deadline for undergraduate Art and Design students Spring Start
July 15, 2020 | Portfolio deadline for undergraduate Art and Design students Fall Start
Notifications for portfolios submitted after May 20 will be emailed to applicants on or after June 23 and July 21.