What is portfolio submission all about?
Your portfolio tells a lot about you: the level of your enthusiasm, the types of work that you are interested in, and how you interpret your ideas through art. The work that you include in your portfolio will indicate whether you show promise in the program area that you are applying for.
Why is a portfolio required?
Artistic disciplines require a measure of skill and dedication. Because accepted students become part of an elite learning community, they must first demonstrate a proven level of artistic talent. Your portfolio will help us evaluate your artistic skills, your artistic preferences, and your familiarity with various types of artistic media.
What is CIAS looking for?
The 10-20 digital files of your best artwork that you choose to submit should demonstrate an understanding of pictorial composition, a sense for the use of materials, and an ample amount of time and attention to detail. You can include images of a variety of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional work in grayscale and/or color. We’re looking for good traditional drawing skills as well as artwork relevant to your artistic interests. Portfolios will be evaluated on the basis of drawing and design ability, originality of ideas, and craftsmanship.
5 pieces drawn from observation
Include a minimum of five drawings made by direct observation (not copied from photographs, comics, or “fantasy”). Drawings should demonstrate a full range of tonal values, your best pencil or charcoal technique, and an appealing use of line.
Creativity and craftsmanship
The craftsmanship in a work of art is as important as the ideas presented. You can demonstrate creativity through innovative ideas and content, interesting composition, and proficient use of materials.
Include at least six drawings of natural forms such as seashells, plants, human figures, or animals, rendered in a single medium. Studies of anatomical parts such as hands and feet are also acceptable.
School for American Crafts
You are encouraged to include works done in the medium of your intended major: ceramics, glass, metals or wood. However, a portfolio that is entirely two-dimensional is also acceptable.
What programs require a portfolio?
- Ceramics & Ceramic Sculpture (Graduate)
- Glass (Graduate)
- Metalcrafts & Jewelry Design (Graduate)
- Woodworking & Furniture Design (Graduate)
- Fine Arts Studio (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Illustration (Undergraduate)
- Medical Illustration (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Teaching Visual Arts - All Grades (Graduate)
- 3D Digital Graphics (Undergraduate)
- Graphic Design (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Industrial Design (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Interior Design (Undergraduate)
- New Media Design & Imaging (Undergraduate)
- Computer Graphics Design (Graduate)
- Imaging Arts (Graduate)
- Film and Animation (Graduate)