Fall 2019

    • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019 (Submit portfolio by December 15)
    • General Review: February 1, 2020 (Submit portfolio by February 15)

    Spring 2020:  TBA

Portfolio Requirements

All applicants must first apply (using Common App or the SUNY ap) and then proceed to submit the required portfolio of artwork online at SlideRoom. There is a $10 fee per portfolio submission payable in SlideRoom. Please submit only one portfolio to the School of Art+Design major program of your choice. Available undergraduate major programs are listed below (all students complete a general visual arts foundation year in the freshman year of all programs. Accepted students will begin their chosen specific major programs only after they have completed the first academic year.):

  • BFA Undeclared Visual Arts
  • BFA Painting and Drawing
  • BFA Graphic Design (fall semester admission only)
  • BFA Photography
  • BFA Printmaking
  • BFA Sculpture
  • BS Visual Arts

Students must apply to the same program on their Admissions Application AND their Slideroom Application for the applications to be processed correctly. 

Portfolio Content Requirements

  • Twelve (12) to twenty (20) examples of work: 
    Include title, size, date, and a short description of each piece you submit.

    You must include both of the following two assignments among your work:
  1. One self-portrait in any medium
  2. Choose one from the following:
  1. Two drawings from direct observation (not from photos), 
    b.  A set of three drawings/paintings that demonstrate your ability to look at an object in a new and interesting way. Working from direct observation (not from photos), you should draw or paint the same object three times, each time presenting it in an entirely new way. You can change your viewpoint, scale, composition, environment, lighting, etc. You can also change the medium and technique. The object can be anything, but you are encouraged to select something that would enable you to demonstrate your talents. Your goal is to show your skills, creativity, ambition, and engagement.
  • Reflective Statement (400-500 words) or Video (2 minutes maximum):  
    If you are submitting a video please limit the clip to 2 minutes. 
    Please use this opportunity to give us an understanding of who you are as a person, artist, and student. What inspires you? What challenges you?


  1. Describe an event that has made an impact on you. Why was it important?
  2. If you could invite three individuals to dinner who would they be? Why those three? What would you talk about? (for example artists, writers, public figures, or people you know).
  3. Give us an example of when you challenged “the normal.” What were the issues and what did you do? How do you feel about it now?

Additional Portfolio Requirements for Transfer Applicants to Graphic Design

Transfer applicants to the BFA Graphic Design program must include:

  • Four pieces with typography, one which demonstrates typographic hierarchy
  • Create 2 works based from one of the following open-ended prompts. We welcome creative interpretations:
    • An independent project (not an assignment)
    • A research-based (visual) piece
    • A piece demonstrating harmony
    • A piece demonstrating contrast

Your portfolio must consist of a minimum of twelve (12) and no more than twenty (20) examples of your work, inclusive of the two assignments plus your Reflective Statement or Video. 

Both the self-portrait and the observational drawings are required of all applicants, regardless of major choice. The balance of the portfolio will be evaluated as a demonstration of both the breadth and depth of your visual interests.

Additional Portfolio Information:

Label your images: Please list title, media, size dimensions (where applicable) and provide a description of each piece.

Detail shots: If it is appropriate, you may provide detail shots of particular works. Be sure to indicate if an example is a detail shot.

Multiple views: If a single image does not adequately display your work (e.g. a large sculpture) you may include more than one image.

Photography: Applicants wishing to apply to the photography program should convey their competence in photography by submitting photographs of their already printed images (i.e., a picture of your picture). This is true for both film and digital photography for those who currently work in a printed process.

For additional information visit: School of Art + Design