Please find below questions commonly asked by prospective students, their parents and counselors about the College of Arts and Letters' portfolio review process for the Visual Arts and Technology program.
Do I have to submit a portfolio?
We believe in giving prospective students the best opportunities to showcase their talents and skills. For this reason, we offer two options for students applying to the Visual Arts & Tech program:
- If you do not submit an official SAT or ACT score, you will be required to submit a portfolio
- If you choose to submit an official SAT or ACT score, then the portfolio will be strongly suggested, not required
How do I submit my portfolio?
All portfolio materials must be uploaded through your student portal which you’ll receive access to once you have submitted your application. The automated process of receiving student portal credentials can take up to 48 hours after your application has been received.
What are some examples of creative work?
Examples of creative work can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Paintings and drawings
- Sculpture and ceramics
- Photography and collage
- Creative writing
- Code (Github/processing/etc.)
- Game design/world building
- Graphic and web design
- Anything you think is creative
How many pieces should I submit?
We require five examples of creative work for the Visual Arts & Technology portfolio.
Can I submit more than the required number of pieces?
The system will let you upload more than the required number of pieces; however, we cannot guarantee that all of them will be reviewed. Please try your best to only submit your strongest work. We prefer quality over quantity.
Will I have the opportunity to describe the pieces I am uploading?
Yes! You can provide a description of every piece that you upload and we strongly recommend that you do so. The more context that you provide for your submission, the easier it is for our faculty to review your contribution to the work. Make sure you include information describing what the piece is, how it was created, and why you chose to submit it.
What should I include in my resume?
Your resume can include any relevant jobs or internships that you’ve had, performances/exhibitions that you’ve participated in, competitions you’ve entered, and volunteer work that you’ve performed. You can also include a list of technical skills and relevant coursework.
For drawings and paintings, how should I go about submitting these pieces?
Feel free to submit digital images of your paintings, drawings, and traditional media. Take the best quality photos that you can (borrow a good camera if you can). If you don't have access to a camera, or if your images are highly detailed, consider scanning any appropriate material using a flatbed scanner at a local copy-shop or public library. If you don’t have access to studio lighting, shoot your images outside on a cloudy day for good even, light. Please avoid casual or low-quality images!
Would you recommend submitting samples of different types of work? For example, some photography, some painting, some computer-based artwork?
We recommend submitting your best work. Including drawings just for the sake of including traditional materials doesn't improve the quality of a portfolio. Make sure that whatever you are submitting, it shows the best of your creative output – that is the top priority. You are encouraged to submit non-traditional work and if you feel that you're accomplished in many mediums, please feel free to include a variety of pieces. Keep in mind that the evaluation is based on depth, not breadth.
What kind of files do you accept and is there a maximum file size?
Although we technically support media files as large as 5 GB, please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. Uploaded documents may contain no more than 75 pages. We support the following file formats:
Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma
Slide: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff
Document: .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd