Portfolio requirements and statement of intent

Your portfolio has two major components, a statement of intent and samples of your work. Both are an important part of your application to ACAD, and a key way for the review committee to get to know more about you.

1. Statement of intent

This is where you tell us all about you – your background, inspiration, and goals. Your statement of intent should be approximately 500 words in length and explain the following:

  • Why do you want to study at ACAD?
  • Why do you want to study visual art and design?
  • What mediums or artists inspire you?
  • How will you benefit from studies in art and design?

2. Samples of your work

Here’s where you get to really show us your stuff! Choose examples that best represent your abilities, your personality, and be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Select 12 to 15 samples of your artwork.
  2. Include representational drawing examples, including one or two observational drawings of figure, landscape or still life.
  3. Include artwork created in a variety of mediums that explore  different tools, techniques, and ideas.
  4. Demonstrate how you express ideas and concepts, preferably in work you’ve done on your own initiative outside of the classroom (for example, how do you respond creatively to current events, issues, or themes of personal interest?).

Once you’ve written your personal statement and selected the work you want to include in your portfolio, follow our instructions on how to photograph your portfolio and how to submit your portfolio.