For incoming Fall 2019 freshman, Portfolio Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Registration is now closed.

High school seniors intending to major in Apparel and Textiles, Graphic Design, or Studio Art BFA programs at Michigan State University are invited to sign up for a portfolio review with department faculty. Portfolio Reviews are held both on campus and via online submission every January. Students who are reviewed will be considered for both direct acceptance to their BFA Program (bypassing the sophomore year review) and for creative and merit-based scholarships. These reviews also offer a chance for students to meet their major faculty, tour the facilities, and meet current students.

It is advised that students apply to MSU prior to their Portfolio Day and fill out the FAFSA form for full consideration for all need-based scholarship awards.

*Admittance to Michigan State University is a separate process from admittance to the BFA major program. All students must be accepted to MSU as stated by the Office of Admissions in order to begin their BFA program and receive scholarships.

Portfolio Submission

For consideration for scholarships, Apparel and Textile Design, Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art majors may prepare a PDF document containing images of 10–15 separate artworks.  

Portfolio Requirements

The following information should be included on each page of your pdf next to the work:

  • Title
  • Media
  • Size (h” x w” x d”)
  • Year

Uploaded portfolios should be a single PDF file with multiple pages (no PowerPoints, single jpegs, or Photoshop files). Portfolios should not exceed 10 MB in size, and individual image sizes do not need to exceed 150 dpi).

What to Include

Show work that showcases your strengths as an artist or designer. You can choose to show a breadth of different media and/or a concentration of more developed bodies of work.

Portfolios may include:

  • 2-D Work: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media
  • 3-D Work: sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber, metals, etc.
  • Digital Work: photographs, logos, posters, web design, products, apps, gifs, or videos
  • Apparel and Textile Design: sewn garments, fashion illustrations, textile pieces

If you have any technical issues with the form please contact Sarah Jackson at