SUNY PURCHASE Portfolio & Essay Requirements

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Submit Portfolio


ASHCAN STUDENT WORK FOR Suny Purchase Admissions 

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE PORTFOLIO ONLINE AT HTTP://PURCHASE.SLIDEROOM.COM. There is a $10 fee per portfolio submission payable at Please submit only one portfolio to the School of Art+Design major program of your choice. Available undergraduate major programs are:

BFA Undeclared Visual Arts (fall semester admission only)

BFA Painting and Drawing

BFA Graphic Design (fall semester admission only)

BFA Photography

BFA Printmaking

BFA Sculpture

BS Visual Arts

All students complete a general visual arts foundation year in the freshman year of all programs. Accepted students will begin their chosen specific major programs only after they have completed the first academic year at the School.

*NOTE: If you experience difficulty uploading your portfolio, you must contact Slideroom technical support at for assistance. Please allow one day for a response. You can also consult the Slideroom Helpdesk and FAQ at

Portfolio Content Requirements:

  • Twelve (12) to twenty (20) examples of work (Include title, size, date, and a short description of each piece you submit). You must include both of the following two assignments among your work:
    • Assignment 1 – One self-portrait in any medium
    • Assignment 2 – Choose one from the following:

             a.  Two drawings from direct observation (not from photos).


b. Set of three drawings/paintings that demonstrate your ability to look at an object in a new and interesting way.  Working from direct observation (not from photos), you should draw or paint the same object three times, each time presenting it in an entirely new way.  You can change your viewpoint, scale, composition, environment, lighting, etc.  You can also change the medium and technique. The object can be anything, but you are encouraged to select something that would enable you to demonstrate your talents.  Your goal is to show your skills, creativity, ambition, and engagement.

  • Written Artist’s Statement of 150 – 200 words.

Your portfolio must consist of a minimum of twelve (12) and no more than twenty (20) examples of your work, inclusive of the two assignments plus your written Artist’s Statement. Your Artist’s Statement should describe your creative process, interests, concepts, and vision. It should give the reader insight into and context for your work. allows you to include a description of each example uploaded. Please include the following information in your description of each work: title, size, date, and a short description of the piece.

Both the self-portrait and the observational drawings are required of all applicants, regardless of major choice.  The balance of the portfolio will be evaluated as a demonstration of both the breadth and depth of your visual interests.


aaavvASHCAN STUDIO STUDENT WORK for Suny Purchase Admissions by Jeheui 

Additional Portfolio Information

Detail shots: If it is appropriate, you may provide detail shots of particular works. Be sure to indicate if an example is a detail shot.

Multiple views: If a single image does not adequately display your work (e.g. a large sculpture) you may include more than one image.

Photography: Applicants wishing to apply to the photography program should convey their competence in photography by submitting photographs of their already printed images (i.e., a picture of your picture). This is true for both film and digital photography.

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are released on a rolling basis beginning in January for students who have met the December 1 Priority Application Deadline. Students meeting the Regular Application Deadline of February 1 will receive decisions on a rolling basis from February through early April.  If you are offered admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1, 2014.

Although it is not a mandatory part of the application process, in-person portfolio reviews are highly recommended so that prospective students may receive direct feedback about their portfolio from a faculty member. Final admissions decisions are NOT made at in-person portfolio review days. Decisions are only made once the student has submitted a completed application and uploaded a portfolio at For information on attending a Portfolio Review Day click here. 

You will have the option to pre-register for the day, but pre-registration is not required. Students who do pre-register online can bring their printed confirmation of pre-registration to the event for express entry to the portfolio day.

NOTE: Pre-registration is not yet available.  A link for pre-registration will be posted here when it becomes available.

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