Submitting Your Portfolio

PCA&D requires all students interested in our BFA degree program to have a portfolio review 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. 

Transfer Students: If you are applying to enroll as an Animation & Game Art, Fine Art, or Illustration major, you must include at least 2 artworks from direct observation Рscroll down for a how-to video on this requirement!

PCA&D is looking for equal amounts of DEPTH & 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.

Presentation Matters

  • SelectSelect works that you feel are most representative of your ideas, skills, and abilities. Showcase problem-solving, decision-making, and 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.
  • Submit – Use the buttons below to upload your portfolio or edit one you already started online as part of the PCA&D application process.
  • Communicate – Be able to share your creative process with others. Schedule a personal interview and portfolio review, by contacting us at admissions@pcad.edu, calling 800.689.0379, ext. 1001, or visiting us at PCA&D Admissions Events, High School or College Visits, and National Portfolio Days.

NEVER send original artwork via mail or another delivery service.

Examples of Media to Include

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 2-D Design
  • Digital Design
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Sketchbook
  • Mural
  • Performance Art
  • Built Objects
  • Ceramics
  • Metal and Jewelry
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustrations
  • Storyboarding
  • Public Art
  • Fiber Arts
  • Mixed-Media
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Time-based Media
  • Digitally Rendered 3-D Animation
  • Film/Video