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Portfolio Review

Undergraduate BA and BFA Portfolio Review Guidelines for: Freshman, Transfer, Current GMU and SOA Students

For Freshman and Transfer Applicants:

Completion of a successful portfolio review is required to be accepted as a School of Art BFA candidate. For all freshman and transfer BFA candidates, consideration for acceptance is competitive. All portfolio reviews require the following to be submitted digitally through Slideroom.

  • A one-page, double-spaced essay that describes the candidate’s interest in a studio art degree, including possible area of concentration (sculpture, graphic design, etc.) and desired degree path (BA or BFA)
  • 10 to 15 original examples of current or college level work. Work examples should include observational drawing and at least one other media (Required for BFA/ Optional for BA)
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio concurrently with their application to the university

For in person feedback on portfolios we also participate in National Portfolio Day events at various venues across the country. Due to the Covid-19 social distancing rules that have been put in place, all 2020 events will be conducted virtually. Please visit the National Portfolio Day website for updated schedules.

Please visit the Admissions website for application deadlines.

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

For current School of Art students who wish to convert from a BA to a BFA degree track

For current Mason students in the School of Art BA program who wish to change to the BFA program, application deadlines are at the end of the sixth week of the fall and spring semesters each year by 5pm. Students must receive at least one critique by a full-time AVT faculty member in their desired concentration prior to submitting their portfolio. Completed forms and vetted portfolios must be digitally submitted through Slideroom.

Your application must include:

  • Your completed BFA application form
  • A two-page artist’s statement explaining why you want to pursue a BFA and what you intend to do as an artist
  • Your portfolio including 10 to 15 examples of college level work (over 2/3rds of your work must be concentration specific)
  • A numbered and printed list of work submitted (including your name, title of work, medium, and size. Full-time AVT faculty in the student’s concentration area will review submitted portfolios
  • Applicants will be notified via their Mason email accounts of the results of the review

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

For current Mason students who want to change majors and declare the Art and Visual Technology Major

Current Mason students must have a current term GPA of 3.0 to be considered for a major change to Art and Visual Technology BA and BFA. Meeting with the School of Art Academic Advisor is required.

For current Mason students who want to change majors to an Art & Visual Technology BFA degree, a portfolio submission is required. All portfolio reviews require the following to be submitted digitally through Slideroom.

All portfolios must include:

  • A one-page, double-spaced essay that describes the candidate’s interest in a studio art degree, including possible area of concentration (sculpture, graphic design, etc.)
  • 10 to 15 original examples of current or college level work. Work examples should include observational drawing and at least one other media

If you have any questions about the Undergraduate Portfolio Review, please call the main School of Art office, (703) 993-8898 or email, avt@gmu.edu.

MFA in Visual and Performing Arts Portfolio Review Guidelines

The applicant’s portfolio is a major selection criterion for graduate admission and should represent the applicant’s most accomplished work. Upon applying for a Master’s program candidates must submit a portfolio, statement of intent and professional goals, and three letters of reference through SlideRoom. Access to SlideRoom will be given upon filing an application for the MFA or MA degrees in visual arts. For more information, contact School of Art office at 703-993-8898. Portfolio requirements are different for each graduate area of emphasis and are listed below. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Portfolio Requirements by Area of Emphasis 

InterArts: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date. Videos and other motion media (no more than four minutes for each section) must be playable through SlideRoom. In case of collaborative work, the applicant’s role should be clearly stated. If writing-based materials are submitted, they should be submitted in printed form.

New Media Arts: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date. Videos and other motion media (no more than four minutes for each section) must be playable through SlideRoom. Only the relevant parts of the video should be marked for viewing, with the applicant’s role clearly stated.

Painting: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date.

Photography: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date.

Printmaking: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date.

Sculpture: 20 images submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with: name of artist, title and date.

Master of Arts in Teaching Portfolio Review Guidlines

The applicant’s portfolio is a major selection criterion for graduate admission and should represent the applicant’s most accomplished work. Upon applying for a Master’s program candidates must submit a portfolio, statement of intent and professional goals, and three letters of reference through SlideRoom. Access to SlideRoom will be given upon filing an application for the MFA or MA degrees in visual arts. For more information, contact School of Art office at 703-993-8898. Portfolio requirements are different for each graduate area of emphasis and are listed below. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Portfolios will be submitted through SlideRoom. The link for submission will sent to applicants via email after submission of the online application.

  • MAT I: portfolio must include 15 to 20 images that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including drawing skills of the applicant’s art.
  • MAT II: portfolio must include 10 images of the applicant’s personal art that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including drawing skills, along with 10 student art works displaying a variety of 2-D and 3-D media. Student artwork is to be accompanied by a brief description of the lesson content.
  • Art Ed Licensure Certificate: portfolio must include 15 to 20 images that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including drawing skills of the applicant’s art.

Master of Arts in Graphic Design Portfolio Review Guidelines

The applicant’s portfolio is a major selection criterion for graduate admission and should represent the applicant’s most accomplished work. Upon applying for a Master’s program candidates must submit a portfolio, statement of intent and professional goals, and three letters of reference through SlideRoom. Access to SlideRoom will be given upon filing an application for the MFA or MA degrees in visual arts. For more information, contact School of Art office at 703-993-8898. Portfolio requirements are different for each graduate area of emphasis and are listed below. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Portfolios should include 20 samples of design work submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with name of artist, title, and date. Videos and Flash files (no more than 4 minutes for each section) must be playable through SlideRoom. In case of collaborative work, the applicant’s role should be clearly stated.

MFA in Visual and Performing Arts, Concentration Graphic Design Portfolio Review Guidelines

The applicant’s portfolio is a major selection criterion for graduate admission and should represent the applicant’s most accomplished work. Upon applying for a Master’s program candidates must submit a portfolio, statement of intent and professional goals, and three letters of reference through SlideRoom. Access to SlideRoom will be given upon filing an application for the MFA or MA degrees in visual arts. For more information, contact School of Art office at 703-993-8898. Portfolio requirements are different for each graduate area of emphasis and are listed below. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.

Portfolios should include 20 samples of design work submitted through SlideRoom. Samples must be labeled with name of artist, title, and date. Videos and Flash files (no more than 4 minutes for each section) must be playable through SlideRoom. In case of collaborative work, the applicant’s role should be clearly stated.