Visual Arts Portfolio Requirements

ONLINE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

UNDERGRADUATE PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS | GRADUATE PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS


A $35 non-refundable audition fee (in addition to the university’s standard $65 application fee) is required along with the slideroom portfolio submission, payable online via credit card. 

The Mason Gross visual arts department requires all applicants to submit digital portfolios online. Hard copies of work or portfolios on CDs will not be accepted.

Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct category:

  • CATEGORY2015 VISUAL ARTS GRADUDATE STUDENTS Deadline: February 2, Fee (USD): $40.00 Includes: New graduate students
  • CATEGORY: 2015 EARLY ACTION Visual Arts Undergraduate Applicants - Deadline: November 15, 2014 Fee (USD): $40.00 - Includes: New undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) and would like their admissions decision before January 31st. For students who have never attended Rutgers before and wish to enter as a first year or transfer.
  • CATEGORY: 2015 REGULAR ACTION Visual Arts Undergraduate Applicants - Deadline: January 15, 2015 Fee (USD): $40.00 - Includes: New undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) and would like their admissions decision before April 1st. For students who have never attended Rutgers before and wish to enter as a first year or transfer.
  • CATEGORY Deadline: May 1, 2015 Fee (USD): $40.00 Includes: School to School transfers, students declaring a B.A. in Visual Arts from SAS and students returning from a leave of absence. This category also includes the option for ADMITTED transfer students to submit their prerequisite waiver portfolios
 

Please be sure your pieces are clearly labeled in the fields provided with:

  • Title
  • Size
  • Medium
  • Media (for Photography and Video)
  • Date

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UNDERGRAD PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

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 painting, observational drawing, photography, print, 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 show only 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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GRADUATE PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Please submit a portfolio consisting of 10 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 a video no more than 10 minutes in length.

Applicants are required to submit all their credentials by the deadline listed on the admissions application or its accompanying literature to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applications are reviewed by the graduate faculty.

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