If you already have enough artwork to create a portfolio, you may apply for direct admission to one of our Art & Design degree programs by submitting a portfolio for consideration along with your admission application. This could be either an undergraduate or transfer portfolio. Portfolios can also be presented for review to a Suffolk representative at National Portfolio Day Events, which are held throughout the country (see details below).
Admission Portfolio Guidelines
The portfolio will contain 12 – 15 examples of your recent, original work. These may be pieces produced in high-school or other art classes, or on your own.
A strong portfolio will showcase a balance of technical and conceptual skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic art and design principles.
You’re encouraged to include a variety of work that presents a range of media and techniques. The portfolio should reflect your interests and indicate your versatility and willingness to experiment.
You should select work that shows who you are as an artist/designer. Creativity can be expressed in different ways, so include examples that reflect your unique perspective.
Other things to consider:
- While Art & Design offers several areas of study, the portfolio doesn’t need to be tailored to a particular major. A broad-based portfolio often provides a better sense of your abilities, experience, and potential.
- Though observational works aren’t required, half of your portfolio should demonstrate your hand skills through painting, drawing or three-dimension work. You can include finished drawings made over a long period of time as well as quicker sketches and storyboards. You’ll take drawing classes in Art & Design’s first-year Foundation Program, so an indication of relevant experience will be helpful.
- Leave out pieces copied from another artist’s work or made from templates. It’s fine to work in a particular style, but copies or cookie-cutter work won’t show that you’re effectively tackling creative challenges.
Assembling the Transfer Admission Portfolio
If you’re a transfer applicant who has completed studio courses at a regionally accredited college or university, you’ll submit a portfolio with a minimum of 15 pieces, including 3 – 5 pieces from each course for which you’re seeking transfer credit.
Transfer portfolios will be reviewed once all your admission credentials have been received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
If you’re a transfer applicant but are not seeking transfer credit for studio coursework, please follow the Freshman Admission Portfolio Guidelines.