A strong portfolio can position you for acceptance into an art and design school, and may qualify you for scholarships.
At CIA, our admissions committee will evaluate the work in your portfolio for:
Your portfolio should be a selection of your best 12 to 20 pieces of art. Fewer than 12 doesn't allow you to show the breadth of your skills; more than 20 may dilute your overall portfolio submission.
Sketchbook pages are highly encouraged, as it allows us to see your thinking process.
Make an effort not to include work copied from photographs or other published work. We want to see how you think.
We'd love to help you throughout the process, and invite you to upload work for a preliminary review. Our admissions counselors will get back to you with feedback to help you build your best portfolio for admission.
And we encourage you to start your application, even if you're not ready to submit your portfolio. Starting an application early ensures you'll be considered for the maximum financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
These preferred elements are only for transfer students wishing to be placed in the sophomore year or beyond, and seeking studio art credit to replace freshman-level Foundation courses.
As a transfer applicant, your 12 to 20 pieces should include the following elements: