Portfolio and Essay Requirements

In addition to applying to The University of Kansas, The Department of Visual Art requires a 10-20 image portfolio and responses to 3 essay questions.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
Your digital portfolio should consist of 10 - 20 images, no more than 5MB each.

RECOMMENDED FOR A STRONG PORTFOLIO
Include work in a variety of mediums such as drawings, paintings, sketches, ceramics, jewelry/metalsmithing, digital photography, video art, printmaking, sculpture, or textile design. Images of 3D artwork (such as sculpture, jewelry, and ceramics) may be shown with two or three different views. Choose your strongest pieces. ( PLEASE NOTE: The department strongly encourages all artists to develop a habit of drawing from life (i.e. figure drawing, gesture drawing, portraiture, landscape drawing, still-life) and prefer to see some life drawing represented in your portfolio, regardless of the area(s) you are most interested in studying.


ESSAY QUESTIONS
Each question is to be answered in approximately 250 words. This portion is to be turned in with your digital portfolio.

  1. What has been your past experience(s) in the areas of Visual Art? (250 words)
  2. Describe your professional aspirations and career goals in the areas of Visual Art? (250 words) 
  3. What do you expect from your educational experience? (250 words) Where else have you applied?

DEADLINE FOR PORTFOLIO & ESSAY SUBMISSION
The Department of Visual Art evaluates undergraduate applications to the major on a rolling basis. Late portfolios (received after February 1st) will not be considered for the annual Department of Visual Art incoming freshman scholarship competition.

FEBRUARY 1st
Completed portfolios must be received by February 1st to be considered for the annual Department of Visual Art incoming freshman scholarship competition. 

MARCH (end of the month)
Notification of Department of Visual Art scholarship award.


PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PORTFOLIO AND ESSAY QUESTIONS BY VISITING SLIDEROOM AND SIGNING UP TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT. THERE IS A $10 SUBMISSION FEE WHICH IS PAID DIRECTLY TO SLIDEROOM. https://visualartku.slideroom.com/#/login


Please call 785-864-4042 or email visualart@ku.edu if you have further questions.


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