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Portfolio Requirements: Graduate Studio Art Program

A portfolio is required as part your application to the MFA in Studio Art program. The portfolio is submitted through SlideRoom; see Step 3 of the Apply page.

Your portfolio should be your best, most recent work and reflect an informed knowledge of contemporary art and a committed, coherent body of work.

Ordering & Labeling

Images and videos can be labeled and ordered after they are uploaded. Arrange images in reverse chronological order, newest to oldest. Work cannot be more than two years old. Each piece must be labeled with title, date, media, and dimensions.

File Specs

Accepted File Types

All file types are accepted. We prefer the following: jpg, jpeg, png, gif (non-animated), tif, tiff, flv, mov, mp4, m4v, wmv, mpg, mpeg, mp3, wma, pdf

Max File Size

  • 5MB (images)
  • 250MB (videos)
  • 30MB (sound)

Please note all files are viewed on computer screens.

What to Submit

2D & 3D Applicants

(Painting & Drawing, Photography, Print, and Sculpture & Extended Media)

20 images

Time-Based & Interactive Applicants


7–10 works represented by up to 20 files (image and/or video). Within the 20 files, include excerpts of 5 works that are each 3-4 minutes. Optionally, full-length versions of the same 5 works may be submitted by the following means:

  • Link to videos posted online (insert URL in the image labeling area)
  • Mail a DVD or USB drive to:

    Graduate Coordinator for Studio Art
    Department of Art and Art History
    The University of Texas at Austin
    2301 San Jacinto Blvd, Stop D1300
    Austin, TX 78712-1421
    Phone: 512/ 471–3377

Applicants Working in Other Media

(Web, Interactive, Software, etc.)

Up to 20 files and/or 5 links to documentation that best represents each work

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