If I am accepted into another major at VCU, will I have a better chance of being accepted into VCUarts?
Your portfolio must be submitted online through our website. After your application has been processed, you will receive an email with a link to the portfolio upload site. We do not accept CDs, thumb drives, physical portfolios, email submissions, or personal websites.
Your portfolio will not be viewed until you submit it.
When your portfolio is complete, you must click the submit button to finalize your submission. Portfolios cannot be viewed by application review committees until submitted. Once you submit your portfolio, you may not make any changes to it. Be sure that you are completely finished editing your portfolio before you click the submit button. Please note: It will take 24 – 72 hours for your portfolio to show as received on your online application checklist.
Images may be submitted in the following formats: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF, .BMP, .TGA
Videos may be submitted in the following formats: .M4V, .MOV, .MP4, .TLV, .ASF, .MPEG, .MPG, .MKV
You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Each video must be less than 3 minutes. The total maximum time for all moving images cannot exceed 5 minutes.
Images can be up to 5 MB each, Video can be up to 10 MB each and PDFs can be up to 10 MB each.
Your images will upload faster if you export optimized JPEG versions of your images. To do this, open your image in Photoshop and use “Save for Web.” Other programs have some sort of export to JPEG feature that makes a smaller version of your images.
If you have trouble uploading video, open your file in Quicktime (it’s free for Mac and PC) then export it to MPEG using H.264 encoding (this is a checkbox). This greatly reduces the file size and should make uploading easier.
You should submit at least 12 images, and no more than 16. If your artwork is very detailed, or is three dimensional, you may need to submit more than one image of it. However, each image will count toward your maximum of 16.You should make sure that you have at least 12 different artworks in your portfolio.
- Take a picture of or scan your favorite page
- Take pictures or scan many of your favorite pages and compile them into one image
- Film the book as you turn the pages
If you work with lots of different materials, techniques, and/or subject matter, that’s great. We want to see all of your best work, even if it doesn’t “go together.” If you only work with one material, that’s okay too – don’t submit work that you are not proud of just for the sake of having variety.We cannot give specific instructions on what to submit because all artists work in different ways, with many different materials. Here are just a few examples of the many different types of media and techniques that students use: graphite, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, oil pastels, watercolors, pen and ink, screenprints, etchings, digital photography, film photography, collage, fashion designs, handmade clothing, knit sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, weavings, found object and mixed media sculpture, embroidery, digital artworks, videos and films…
We highly recommend that you get feedback on your portfolio before you submit it. There are many ways to do this:
- Attend a VCU Open House / Portfolio Day, where you can receive feedback on your portfolio from VCUarts faculty.
- Ask your art teachers or local artists in your community to give you a review.
To earn Arts Honors, an honors student in the School of the Arts must complete 15 credits of Arts honors courses and a senior “capstone” course or experience (this is different for each major). Arts Honors graduates will be recognized with special regalia at graduation. Distinction is noted on the transcript.
Arts Honors courses are offered in Art Foundation and Art History each year. Additionally, 7 other Arts honors courses will be offered annually. These courses change based on course proposals put forward by VCUarts professors. Courses are built around professors’ research interests. This gives arts honors students the opportunity to work with professors in a small group studying topics tied to the professor’s research.