RISD Undergrad Majors & Portfolio Requirements



Portfolio Requirements & Home Test

Your portfolio should show a selection of 12–20 examples of your best recent artwork. We suggest that the work reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. Work presented can be in any medium (including film or video), in finished or sketch form, and the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration. We strongly recommend that you include a few pages from your journal or sketchbook to indicate your process of research, thinking and investigation.

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The Home Test

Choose one of the following three prompt options and create two responses using any medium you prefer (no restrictions).

We consider this assignment to be as much about process as presentation and encourage you to consider your submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than as final presentations or examples of technical proficiency. No particular outcome is valued more than another, so feel free to explore the full range of possible expression in these works.

Each of these prompts has more than one meaning or usage and you might want to begin by referring to dictionary sources to expand your initial reaction about a direction.

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  • collect
  • threshold

Please upload your responses in the specific section of SlideRoom dedicated to these works. (Do not include them in the Portfolio area of SlideRoom.)

If the file size of either of your responses exceeds 10 MB, please embed a link to direct us to another viewing platform such as a personal website, Vimeo, etc.

In the SlideRoom submission section for your two works, we also ask you to reflect on the two responses that you are sharing and provide a brief response to this question: What are the other directions or ideas you would explore as a next step?


SMFA Undergrad Degrees

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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts….

  • officially became part of Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences in July 2016
  •  is extraordinary in being part of a major research university and affiliated with a world class museum
  • offers students the opportunity to explore art in all of its diverse forms and expressions, while ensuring a high-quality liberal arts education
  • enables new ways of teaching and learning by encouraging collaborations among a range of academic and studio areas
  •  has a unique interdisciplinary, all-elective studio art curriculum
  • continually incorporates new media, new concepts, new theories, and new approaches into the studio curriculum

Drawing + Painting

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Performance + 3D

  • Ceramics
  • Metals
  • Performance
  • Sculpture

Media Arts

  • Film + Animation
  • Sound

Print, Paper, + Graphic Arts

  • Printmaking + Paper
  • Graphic Arts


Liberal Arts

  • Undergraduate



SMFA at Tufts Portfolio (Required for BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS applicants)

All applications to the BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS programs must include an art portfolio.

The ideal portfolio will demonstrate a student’s conceptual development, while highlighting their technical abilities. They encourage students to submit work that they believe to be the strongest representation of their skills and experiences to date, regardless of media.

Submit 15-20 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work.

Allowed Media Types:

  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • Audio (up to 60MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)
  • 3D Models
  • External media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud




Art Center Majors


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Art Center……

  • has a visionary approach to arts education, based on a conservatory-like approach; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue
  • in the last five years, added new programs and extraordinary new facilities
  • is dedicated to supporting students and helping them thrive in the classroom and beyond
  • continues to lead by expanding their pedagogical perspectives, cultivating their faculty, increasing access to their community and innovating art and design curricula

Portfolio Requirements by Major

Your portfolio is the single most important aspect of your application. Your portfolio must be oriented specifically to the one major for which you are applying.


Graphic Design at Art Center

Ringling BFA Majors



Ringling ….


Undergrad Majors at Ringling

Choose 10-15 examples that showcase your interests, creativity, and technical proficiency, whether they are finalized pieces or works in process from the pages of your sketchbook. Show them what materials you enjoy experimenting with, what topics you like to explore, and how you like to push your work to the next level.

PARSONS Undergrad MAJORS & Portfolio Requirements

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Parsons is….

-for students who want to learn to apply the transformative capacity of design responsibly, creatively, and purposefully.

– a diverse community of students and faculty who explore multiple sites and scales of engagement, through on-campus research initiatives and partnerships that bring about change in New York and in the world.

– focused on creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how they teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the School itself

– a school that places project-based learning at the center of their educational experience




Portfolio: The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only. Freshman and transfer applicants must submit a portfolio of eight to 12 images. Portfolios can include a range of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion design, animation, performance, graphic design, or sketchbook pages. We encourage you to show experimentation and breadth, and the portfolio does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying.

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  • Submissions for the Parsons Challenge are accepted through SlideRoom only. CDs, DVDs, slides, original artwork, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives will not be accepted.

    BFA and BA/BFA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by the theme of a piece submitted in your portfolio. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    BBA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by an advertisement, invention or theme of a piece that you’ve already created. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    The Parsons Challenge helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, visually communicates those ideas, and defends the work in writing.


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    Creativity Changes Everything

    Parsons in NYC that uses creativity in fearless, innovative ways. They collaborate and problem solve across every discipline and the results are extraordinary to behold.

PRATT Undergrad Majors

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Pratt is….

  • one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business
  • on a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, a creative hub in the midst of a renaissance
  • a living lab of craft and culture
  • consistently ranked among the best in the country
  • full of faculty that include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields
  • an excellent school with a interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities

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ashcan student work 
Visual Arts & Design Classes
Monday through Saturday 10-2 & 3-7 


Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. Portfolios must be submitted at pratt.slideroom.com. View Portfolio Requirements.
Visual Portfolio: The visual portfolio should consist of 12-20 pieces of your best work. It should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be major-specific and can include any type of work including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, etc. In addition, students must submit three to five observational drawings. Examples of observational work include landscape, still-life, self-portrait, figure drawings, and interior spaces. Please do not include work that copies photographs, uses the grid system or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).