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.


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.

On-Campus Reviews:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020   |   Click here to register

Wednesday, March 4, 2020   |   Click here to register

Off-Campus Review:

TBD Fall 2020 |  National Portfolio Day, Philadelphia


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.




  • 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.


  • 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.


College of Visual and Performing Arts: Joselyn Wynter, 610-683-4500, wynter@kutztown.edu

University Admissions: 610-683-4060 or toll-free 1-877-628-1915, admissions@kutztown.edu

Notification of acceptance will be provided by the Kutztown University Admissions Department.