Portfolio requirements for advanced standing students

Your portfolio has two major components, samples of your work and a supporting statement. 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. Samples of your work

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

  1. Select 20 to 25 samples of your recently completed artwork.
  2. Include artwork that relates to the specific program that you are applying for.
  3. Examples may include two and three-dimensional, traditional and nontraditional materials and techniques.
  4. Research drawings and images from sketchbooks are encouraged to help show creative thought processes and iterative skills.

2. Supporting statement

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

  • Why you would be a great student at ACAD?
  • A list of your education, volunteer, and work experience as it pertains to your art practice.

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.

Remember the deadlines:

BFA applicants: April 15

BDES applicants: April 30

(*applications will be accepted on the following working day, if the deadline falls on a weekend)