The Art and Design Department requires a portfolio review as part of the admissions process. Each student applying to the University as an Art and Design major in a B.A. or B.F.A. degree program must submit a portfolio of work before acceptance into the program is granted. Typically, portfolio reviews are conducted during the University’s Fall Open House programs, Spring Portfolio Review Day in March, Scarlet and Grey Day in April (for students admitted to the University), select National Portfolio Review Days each fall, and select days during the summer. Specific dates and Instructions for scheduling a Portfolio Review are listed on the website.
In the portfolio review, faculty look for both an interest in and commitment to art. This is important since students will be contemplating a professional career in art if they pursue the B.F.A. degree.
The type of work that could constitute a portfolio might include the following:
Design and color studies
Drawings from observation (still-life, landscape, figure, etc.)
Self-portrait (any medium)
Prints (blockprints, screenprints, etchings, etc.)
Reproductions, or examples of any designs or illustrations done for high school publications or other organizations
Architectural renderings or drawings
Images of sculpture
Examples or slides of ceramics or metals and jewelry
Portfolios should consist of 15-20 pieces, and must include some examples of drawing from observation.
It is not necessary to have all the items listed above in a portfolio, but students should include those that best represent their abilities and talents. All art programs look for evidence and skill in drawing from observation, a sense of color and design, and evidence of other creative abilities and creative thinking.
When works are small and can fit into a portfolio, then the originals are desirable. Matted works are acceptable without acetate coverings. Large, fragile, or complex works can be presented digitally.