I often get this question from students applying to applied arts programs such as Graphic Design, Photography or Recording Arts. Submitting an Entrance Portfolio is an essential part of applying to most of our applied arts programs.
"But what is a portfolio, anyway?"
Basically, a portfolio is a way for you to package and showcase your skills and achievments. If you're an animator, maybe it's 20 of your best drawings or paintings for, example. If you're interested in recording, maybe it's five samples of music you've recorded.
"Why do you require I sumbit my portfolio?"
We want to ensure students are up for the challenge of entering the program before they’re accepted, so we ask for previous work samples (among other items) to be included with your application. Every arts program has a different set of portfolio requirements. If you’re applying to Digital Animation, there are specific instructions for submitting drawing samples listed here. If Photography catches your eye, then you’re required to submit a letter of intent and up to 20 photos that showcase your originality, artistic vision and technical skills. Photography portfolio requirements.
Remember: each program’s portfolio requirements are different so it’s important that you read through the instructions carefully. Above all, it’s important you’re sincere about the program you’re applying to and have some prior experience or at least a plan for what you want to do after graduation. Research the program and related careers before you apply.
Check out the program details to find the individual links to portfolio requirements here: Applied Arts Programs
The link to the portfolio details can be found in the Admissions Requirements section on each program page: