Portfolio Requirements


The Mason Gross Department of Art & Design requires all applicants to submit digital portfolios online. Hard copies of work or portfolios on CDs will not be accepted. The link to submit a portfolio is sent directly to applicants five business days after the Rutgers University application is submitted.

Please be sure your pieces are clearly labeled in the fields provided with: Title, Size, Medium, Media (for photography and video) and Date.



Please submit at least 15 examples of your artwork (produced within the last two years) that reflect your accomplishments and emphasize your strengths. Your portfolio should tell us that you will be successful in our classes including those that introduce to you new materials and ideas.

Please include at least one page from a sketchbook and, if possible, include a variety of media such as a painting, observational drawing, photograph, print or sculpture. If possible, include self-initiated work as well as classroom assignments. If your primary interest is video, include at least one video in addition to your other work. If your primary interest is photography, you must include other media in addition to the photographs in your portfolio.

Things to consider:

  • Be selective and only show your best work
  • Show some personal work
  • Show a variety of media, color as well as monochrome
  • Avoid cartoon action figures, monsters, graffiti art, cute pets, portraits drawn from photographs, and images of vacations, in particular sunsets and flowers.

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Please submit a portfolio consisting of 20 images of your most recent work. Each image should be captioned with your name, the image number, title, dimensions, materials and date.

Applicants in time-based work (video, film, performance) may submit 5-10 videos; these videos may be up to 5 minutes in length each. Links to Vimeo and YouTube files are acceptable. When applicable, please provide passwords for protected links to ensure your files are accessible to reviewers. 

Applicants are required to submit all their credentials by the deadline listed on the admissions application or its supplemental materials to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applicants are reviewed by the Graduate Faculty. MFA candidates under final consideration may be asked to attend an Interview day on March 1, 2019.



Please submit 20 images that represent the range of your work as a designer. Detail shots can be included. Each image/work should be captioned in SlideRoom with:

•Your name
•Image number
•Brief Description

Please limit each time-based work (if any) to 10 minutes. Links to Vimeo and YouTube files are acceptable. When applicable, please provide passwords for protected links to ensure your files are accessible to reviewers. Limit images to 5 MB each and videos to 250 MB each. For acceptable SlideRoom file formats, click here.

Finalists will be contacted mid-February to schedule interviews in-person at Mason Gross or via Skype in March.

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