While your portfolio provides a basis for evaluation of technical skills and competency, it also demonstrates your ability to observe, analyze, explore and persist – skills that are essential for success as a student and as an artist. PCA&D requires all students interested in our BFA degree program to submit a portfolio online as part of the application process.
Your portfolio should consist of 8-10 recent, original artworks that demonstrate your abilities in a range of artistic media. Be sure to include at least 2 drawings from direct observation. PCA&D is looking for equal amounts of DEPTH and BREADTH in your portfolio.
DEPTH | Investigation of a subject matter, focus on a favorite media or sustained interest in a topic or style.
BREADTH | Displaying a range of skills by experimenting with and varying size, media, and subject matter.
- Select – Select works that you feel are most representative of your ideas, skills, and abilities. Showcase problem-solving, decision making, originality of ideas.
- Gather & Organize – Develop an order to your presentation that makes sense and has a logical flow. Consider lighting and clarity when photographing your artwork and keep time-based selections to 3 minutes or less. Consider perspectives other than your own by consulting a teacher or mentor.
- Communicate – Be able to share your creative process with others. To schedule a personal interview and portfolio review, contact us at email@example.com or call 800.689.0379, ext. 1001. You can also receive a review at PCA&D Admissions Events, High School or College Visits, and National Portfolio Days.
- Submit – Click the button below to upload your portfolio online as part of the PCA&D application process.
NEVER send original artwork via mail or other delivery service.
Examples of Media to Include: