Portfolio Requirements

Art and Design Students
A portfolio of artwork is required for admission into DCAD's Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program. The work should demonstrate your abilities in the areas of drawing, composition, color and design.

All applicants are invited to visit the College in person for a portfolio review, interview, and tour of the school. For the portfolio review, select your best artwork completed within the last two years. The portfolio should include 10 to 20 pieces of original artwork. We highly recommend that examples of drawing from direct observation be included in the portfolio. The balance of the portfolio can include artwork in the media and style of your choice. This might include pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, oil or acrylic paint, and black and white or color photography. We also encourage applicants to bring their sketchbooks. If you plan to bring 3-D work such as sculpture or ceramics, please package it carefully. We recommend slides or photographs of 3-D work. Please remember to limit your portfolio to a maximum of 20 pieces.


For more about creating your portfolio, download the .pdf here.

Digital Portfolios
Applicants who cannot visit in person may send a digital portfolio to the Admissions Office.

Applicants may submit their portfolio by downloading their images to the DCAD Slideroom. For a $10 fee, Slideroom allows the applicant to submit up to 25 still images, or a combination of still images and video. To access the DCAD Slideroom, visit https://dcad.slideroom.com/.