Art Department: Portfolio Guidelines for Admission

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Portfolio Guidelines for Art Undergraduates

Applying and getting accepted into the Marywood University Art Department is a two step process. The first step is to apply to the University through Marywood's Admissions office. After receiving an acceptance letter from Marywood's Admissions office, the second step is to submit an art portfolio, submission checklist, and short art essay (see below) to the Art Department to be formally admitted into the Art Department. Both steps must occur prior to enrollment in your first semester courses.

When to Submit

Portfolios and art essays may be submitted anytime in the fall or spring. However if you are an incoming Freshman student and you would like primary consideration for an Art Talent Award, your portfolio, submission checklist, and art essay must be submitted together to the Art Department by November 15 of the year prior to enrollment. For further information, please follow the guidelines in the Art Talent Award section below.

Format

Art Portfolios must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  1. Digital Portfolio (Website URL, Google slides, Dropbox, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.) 
  2. USB Flash Drive of your digital portfolio
  3. Compact Disc/CD/CDR (MAC compatible, and enclosed in plastic protective sleeve and a padded envelope to ensure its safe arrival.)
  4. Physical portfolio (Original artwork allowed for all art tracks except art therapy). See mail submission instructions below.

Note: All digital image files must be in .jpg, .png, or .pdf file format. Portfolio submissions must include your name and contact information along with a typed Word Document listing of each piece and include the artwork's title, date, medium, size, and concept. Use our Portfolio Submission Checklist.

1. Artwork

Your portfolio should include 12 to 15 original works. You can include personal projects and anything you completed in high school art classes or private lessons.

Your portfolio should demonstrate artistic technique, style, conceptualization, and creativity. If possible, include works that represent your chosen medium or area of interest. If you'd like to major in photography, for example, try to include photographs in your portfolio. Please also include a few images from a recent sketchbook and/or artwork that specifically pertains to your chosen major and program of study at Marywood.

Include a variety of media, if possible:

  • Drawings in pencil, ink, or charcoal
  • Paintings in oil, acrylic, or watercolor
  • 3D work in clay, wood, metal, cardboard, fiber, or collage
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Computer graphics
  • Digital illustration

2. Portfolio Submission Checklist

Download and complete our Portfolio Submission Checklist. You must submit this completed form with your portfolio submission.

3. Art Department Essay

In addition to your art portfolio, you must also submit a short art essay (250-300 words) describing your artistic goals and how they relate to your chosen major, what your strengths and interests are, and why Marywood is right for you. Please include a digital Word doc file with digital submissions or a physical printout if submitting a physical portfolio.

NOTE: To be eligible for consideration of Marywood's Freshman Art Talent Award, please refer to the Art Talent Award section below.

Returning Portfolios

Physical portfolios must be picked up no later than 21 days after submission. To have your CD or flash drive portfolio returned by mail, you must include a padded, stamped, self-addressed envelope with your submission.

Submissions by Mail

Marywood University
Insalaco Center for Studio Arts #120
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509

570-348-6278
art@marywood.edu

Art Talent Award

Art Talent Awards are only available to incoming freshman students. Once you have registered for classes, you cannot receive an award.

ELIGIBILITY: If you are an incoming Freshman student and you would like primary consideration for an Art Talent Award, your portfolio AND art essay must be submitted together to the Art Department by November 15. Portfolios received after November 15 and before the cut off date of March 1 are still eligible for consideration depending on remaining awards. Awards are granted a rolling basis each spring beginning March 1 and portfolios meeting the November 15th deadline will get first consideration for available awards.

Note: Your physical or flash-drive digital portfolio must be left with the Art Department 7-14 days for evaluation. Award recipients will be notified by mail sometime after March 1.

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Got Questions?

Give us a call at 570-348-6278 or write to us at art@marywood.edu