Portfolio Reviews

The Portfolio Review helps prepare students to become practicing artists and designers...

Portfolio Reviews

Is a portfolio required for admission to the Studio Art or Apparel & Textile Design degree?

Since MSU believes that any student can begin an education in the arts without prior experience in art classes, we do not require a portfolio for admission into the University. Students who plan to major in Studio Art or Apparel & Textile Design may declare a major preference for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts when they apply to MSU and can immediately begin their studies in our department.  

 

Later on in the program, Bachelor of Fine Arts students in Studio Art and Apparel & Textile Design are required to submit a portfolio and present their work to faculty in a review to be fully admitted into the major. The BFA review typically happens in the second year of student and provides a valuable professional development opportunity.  Students are required to attend a workshop discussing best practices ranging from how to document / photograph artwork to writing about / discussing their work.

 

Do you review portfolios for scholarships?

Absolutely!  We will review portfolios of incoming students for scholarships offered to Studio Art majors and encourage those who apply to MSU to submit a portfolio and application for the annual Creative Arts Scholarship competition.

 

For more information, review the scholarship section of our website. 

 

WHAT IS THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel & Textile Design is a pre-professional program.  Its emphasis is for students anticipating careers in the practice of art or design, or for students planning on graduate study in either of these fields. 

 

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS?

In order to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art or Apparel & Textile Design students must complete the prerequisite courses, be accepted into the program, and take the required courses as outlined by Michigan State University, the College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Art | Art History | Design. 

 

Who is required to complete the Portfolio Review?

To complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree track, students must be formally accepted into the program through a portfolio review process prior to being fully admitted into the major.

 

When is the Portfolio Review process completed?

The review process typically takes place during your second year of study and takes place in the middle part of the Fall or Spring semester.

Eligible students will be notified via e-mail by their academic advisor when they have completed the requirements and are ready to proceed to the next step of full admission in the Bachelor of Fines degree track.

 

Studio Art and Apparel & Textile Design students apply when they have finished or are completing certain courses.

 

Studio Art students must be in their second semester or later at MSU and not yet earned 30 credits in their major.  Additionally, the following courses must be complete prior to submitting an application for review:

 

  1. Four FOUNDATION courses (Concepts & Practices in Contemporary Art | Design, Drawing I, Color & Design, and Three-Dimensional Form)
  2. Are currently enrolled in or have completed the four DISTRIBUTION courses which include one course from each area (2-D, 3-D, Design) and a fourth course of their choice. 


Apparel and Textile Design students must be in their second semester or later at MSU and not yet earned 24 credits in their major.  Additionally, the following courses must be complete prior to submitting an application for review:

  1. Four FOUNDATION courses (Concepts & Practices in Contemporary Art & Design, Drawing I, Color & Design, and Three-Dimensional Form)
  2. ATD 111 and are currently enrolled in or have completed ATD 222 or ATD 323

 

Students who have transferred to Michigan State University or who have completed over 30 credits in studio art should contact the AAHD advisor Britta Urness urness@msu.edu about the application process.

 

What is the Portfolio Review Process?

A committee comprised of a representative group of faculty in Art | Art History | Design will conduct the review, examining the student’s portfolio of work, statement of intent, and progress towards degree to determine if their performance to date warrants continued study towards the BFA in Studio Art or Apparel & Textile Design. 

 

As part of the review process, you will be asked to submit materials and present your work to the committee in a PowerPoint.  This presentation will highlight 15 to 20 images of your best work completed during your time here in the Department of Art | Art History | Design.  This meeting with the committee will be approximately 15 minutes.  You will also be asked to answer questions regarding your progress towards degree and your ambitions for the remainder of your time at MSU. 

 

Prior to submitting your materials you will be required to attend a Portfolio Review Workshop.  This workshop will address how to select and document work for your portfolio, specific guidelines for the presentation, and how to prepare a statement of intent.  

 

What happens if I don’t pass the review?

Please note that you may only apply to be fully admitted into the BFA degree track twice.  If you are not accepted either time, you will be asked to consider the BA degree track.