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Visual Arts and Design Classes each day at Ashcan Studio 10-2 & 3- 7 
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  • The portfolio should be a collection of 12-20 images of your most recent work.
  • The collection should represent your interests, highlight your ideas and conceptual abilities, demonstrate your technical skills, your willingness to experiment, and your commitment to visual expression and communication.
  • You should select works that demonstrate the depth and breadth of your experiences.
  • The composition of the portfolio should be balanced to emphasize your strengths and should consist of a variety of media and approaches. This may include examples related to your program of interest; for example, if you’re interested in the studio arts, you may want to include painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, ceramics, metalsmithing, etc. If your interest is in our design programs, you may want to include examples of design, typography, textiles, perspective, fashion drawings, product, and furniture.
  • It is strongly suggested that a minimum of six drawings from observation be included if you are applying to illustration or have strong interest in painting and printmaking. Observational drawings can include still lifes, figure drawings, landscapes, etc.
  • You can include examples of assignment-based projects that are the product of instruction, but we also want to see work that reflects your individual ideas and direction outside of the classroom.

Portfolio for Art Photography-

  • Present a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 images of your best and most recent photography work.

Portfolio for Art Video-

  • Present a series of video works that demonstrate conceptual and aesthetic development, as well as technical competence. Submissions may not exceed a total of 10 minutes. You may include clips of different projects within this 10-minute limit.
  • Optional inclusion of accomplishments in other media art forms such as photography, film, computer art, audio art, and performance art is encouraged. You may also include work in traditional media, especially those pieces that relate to your work in video and other media art forms.

Portfolio for Film-

  • Present a five-minute film. If necessary, it is acceptable to include multiple clips of different projects within this five-minute limit.
  • 12-24 high-quality reproductions of your best and most recent art work

Work will be evaluated based on demonstrated skill, discipline and creativity.


We especially encourage you to submit works from real-life observation such as still life, figure drawing, portraits/self-portraits, and landscapes.

In addition to observational drawing, works in other media such as painting, 2-D and 3-D designs, photography, woodworking, sculpture, or any other visual media that demonstrate your interest and aptitude in creative and graphic work are encouraged.

  • Mechanical and architectural drawings are not necessary and, if included, should exemplify design and creativity, not just technological skills. They will be evaluated on their artistic merit and not on the manipulation of software.


Alternative Portfolio for School of Design 

The School of Design alternative portfolio consists of three (3) components, including:

  • Written exercise
  • Two-dimensional exercise
  • Three-dimensional exercise

Written Exercise
Please provide a 500-word writing sample that answers the following questions: What is design? What can it do in the world? What about design inspires you? Upload your essay to SlideRoom.

Two-Dimensional Exercise
Maps are one way to explain a journey from “A” to “B” in a pictorial way. Using pictorial means that is not a map, describe (without words) a journey. This could be a journey that you have undertaken or one that you have been told about or that you have read about. It can be any kind of a journey including, but not limited to, geographic, emotional, political, personal, or economic. Be mindful of compositional principles, including form, space, order, hierarchy, repetition, color, contrast, symmetry, asymmetry, etc. The format of this pictorial representation is 11” x 17” in portrait orientation. The two-dimensional work may be made using ink, paint, collage, a digital program of your choice, or hybrid process. Upload a high-resolution JPEG of your finished collage to SlideRoom.

Three-Dimensional Exercise
Design and build a three-dimensional functional object of some kind that captures a design idea expressed through the uniqueness of its form, assembly, and materiality. These “assemblages” may take an abstract, organic, or a more common shape and should have a clear and recognizable function.  Select a catalyst word that will guide the development of your functional object. Example words that will help you to shape, assemble, and materialize your object include, but are not limited to, bendingwarpingtorquingrepeatingtwistingshiftingmorphingtransitioninglayering, etc.

Your three-dimensional object is not required to conform to specific size restrictions. It may be made from up to three (3) media of your choice, including chipboard, corrugated cardboard, white museum board, black museum board, translucent materials, fabrics, colored matte board, colored papers, newsprint, acrylic, plastic, modeling clay, wood, metal, screens, wax, string, reflective materials, etc.

Produce five (5) digital images that reveal the various aspects of your functional object by visually answering the following questions: How does it work? How is it made? How is it perceived? Your images must depict and describe your idea. Include photos from many views, angles, and scale shifts. Upload the images to SlideRoom.  allan m-7.jpg

Visual Arts and Design Classes each day at Ashcan Studio 10-2 & 3- 7 
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