Portfolio Requirements

Photograph by Georgina Diaz
Photograph by Georgina Diaz

BFA applicants must submit their portfolio via SlideRoom. This online portfolio service will allow you to upload, label, arrange and submit your portfolio electronically. We request 12-15 images, JPG format, for the Macintosh platform.

To upload your images, please go to: https://sju.slideroom.com

  • Files must be labeled as follows: First initial, last name, image number (e.g., jdoe_1)
  • Digital images can’t be larger than 1200 pixels on the longest side and saved in JPG format
  • Inventory sheet with your name, date of birth, degree in which you are applying for (eg: BFA in Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, or Illustration), title, dimensions, materials and date of each piece must also accompany the submission. This document must be saved as a PDF in order to upload it to SlideRoom with your portfolio.

Optional On-Campus Interview and Portfolio Critique

BFA applicants also have the option to bring a few pieces from their portfolio to campus to discuss them in an interview setting with a professor from the Department of Art and Design. Campus visits offer applicants the opportunity to attend information sessions, meet individually with art faculty and take a tour of our facilities.

In-person critiques will not confirm or deny your acceptance, but they are a valuable tool in your decision making process and enable you to better select the work you will submit in your portfolio for final assessment.

Please note that applicants attending an on-campus interview and portfolio critique are still required to submit their portfolio via SlideRoom.

What type of work should you include in your portfolio?

Portfolio candidates must include 12-15 original pieces in their portfolio using a variety of materials. Judging will be based on the following criteria: creativity, conceptual ability, design, color sense, idea communication, draftsmanship, and use of materials.

It is suggested that you include in your portfolio at least two examples of each of the following:

  • Original drawings (studies from life; objects, nature, people)
  • Two-dimensional design compositions
  • Painting(s) on paper using at least three colors

Fine Arts and Illustration candidates may add:

  • Flat canvas oil or acrylic paintings
  • Photographs of ceramics or sculpture
  • Illustrations
  • Graphic design projects
  • Original photographs
  • Mmulti-media projects

Graphic Design candidates may add:

  • Graphic design projects
  • Layout designs
  • Typographic designs
  • Original cartoons
  • Original photographs

Note: Graphic Design candidates may present a portfolio consisting only of graphic design work.

Photography Candidates may add:

  • Original photographic work
  • Analog photography
  • Multi-media works

Note: Photography candidates may present a portfolio consisting only of photographic work.

Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us at: art@stjohns.edu