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Preparing your Portfolio

Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us your technical skills, ideas, creativity, and what makes you unique.

How to Prepare Your Portfolio

  • Submit 12 of your strongest works in various media.

  • Make sure that 2 of your 12 pieces are drawings made from observation. These are not replicas of a photo but rather drawings of what you see in real life. Examples include still lifes, figure drawing, or architectural/perspective drawing from observation.

  • Place your strongest works first.

  • Consider a title and description for each piece. You’ll be able to provide this information when you upload your portfolio.

  • Get feedback from multiple sources including your art teachers, art mentors, admissions representatives and faculty from art programs and institutions you’re considering. See Portfolio Reviews below.

  • Make sure the photos of your pieces are high-resolution, sharp and are accurate representations of your work. Avoid submitting images that are dark, blurry or out-of-focus.

  • Ask your art instructors for help in documenting your work if needed.

  • Give yourself plenty of time and don’t rush to put this together.

Portfolio Reviews

Want feedback on your portfolio before submitting it? Attend a Portfolio Review.

On-Campus Review Days

Department of Art and Art History faculty provide prospective undergraduates feedback on the work they’re considering submitting in their admission portfolio. These events are held on-campus in the Art Building and also provide students an opportunity to tour the department, sit in on student panels, and interact directly with faculty, current students and staff.

National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days are large-scale events held in cities across the U.S. that offer students a chance to review their portfolio with representatives from a variety of art programs and institutions from all over the country.

Faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Austin will attend the following events this year:

Valley Portfolio Day

The University of Texas at Austin, along with other Texas colleges and universities, visits Brownsville, Texas each year to meet with prospective art students from south Texas. During this portfolio day, faculty and staff provide feedback on admission portfolios and other information about the application process. This is a free event that is open to the public.

  • October 21, 2017