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First Year Portfolio Requirements
You should submit a portfolio of 8-12 pieces of artwork in any media or style demonstrating a consistent or developing body of work completed within the past 1-2 years. You may include examples of artwork in any media that emphasizes your artistic strengths. Your ideas, concepts and technical ability should be clearly represented in your portfolio.
It is suggested that all applicants submit some examples of direct observational drawings, and highly recommend if you are anticipating majoring in Art Education, Fine Arts, Fashion Design or Illustration.
“Drawing from direct observation” specifically means drawing from what you see in real life, including people, objects and or spaces directly around you. Drawings that are copied from photographs, posters, or another person’s artwork are not considered to be observational drawings.
Your portfolio is a critical portion of your application to Moore College of Art & Design. You are highly encouraged to present your portfolio in person during your campus visit and meeting with your admissions counselor, so that you may have an opportunity to discuss your ideas and artistic motivation. If you live over 100 miles from Philadelphia, digital images may be submitted through Slideroom. Be sure to include an image inventory that lists title, medium and dimensions. You may also have your portfolio reviewed by an admissions counselor or faculty member during a National Portfolio Day event near you.
HOW to build a portfolio
If you are planning to purse a degree in either Art History and Curatorial Studies you should submit a writing sample and 5-10 pieces of artwork (see guidelines below).
You may choose between the following writing samples:
1. A 3-5 page research paper in the Humanities - Art History, English Literature or History, that you have used for a class assignment.
2. A six paragraph essay answering ONE of the following questions:
a. Please describe and discuss an art work that is of special importance to you
b. Please describe and discuss an especially exciting exhibition or museum that you have visited. Make sure your essay includes specific description and analysis, and include at least two cited sources.
Please include 5-10 pieces of artwork in any media or style demonstrating a consistent or developing body of work completed within the past 1-2 years. You may include examples of artwork in any media that emphasizes your artistic strengths. Your ideas, concepts, and technical ability should be clearly represented in your portfolio. In addition, it is recommended that you submit some examples of direct observational drawings.
Portfolio Option II
If you are a First Year applicant and plan to enter Moore directly from high school and have already submitted an application, acceptable transcripts and SAT scores, you may choose the Portfolio Option II. Upon approval, if you choose Option II, you will be accepted into the BFA program, provided you successfully complete the Summer Art & Design Institute (SADI) program.
SADI is a four-week intensive summer program with coursework in Portfolio Development, Life Drawing and Basic Design, as well as a Fine Art, Animation or Fashion Design studio concentration. Upon successful completion of the program, you will enter the BFA program and earn three college-level studio elective credits. A prospective student may complete the SADI program in the summer after their junior or senior year of high school.
If you wish to be considered for Portfolio Option II, you are required to submit samples of artwork, and a written request to the Director of Admissions.
National Portfolio Days near you.
You can get your portfolio reviewed by a Moore College of Art & Design representative at a National Portfolio Days.
For portfolio review locations and dates visit http://www.portfolioday.net/