Portfolio and Essay Requirements

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

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS
Your digital portfolio should consist of 10 - 20 images, saved as JPEG or TIF format on disc or flash drive, clearly labeled with your name. The images should be no more than 600 by 900 pixels (landscape or portrait), or 6 by 9 inches in size at 100 ppi (pixels per inch, landscape or portrait orientation).

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.


COLOR INVENTORY SHEET
A Color Inventory Sheet with images must be printed out and included with the portfolio. Please indicate: your name, phone number, e-mail and intended major. Each inventory image should be at least 2 by 3 inches.

Below or to the side of each image, list:

  • title of the piece
  • medium
  • size
  • date of completion
  • brief description
  • In the case of group projects, indicate your personal responsibilities

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 or postmarked to the Department of Visual Art 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 HAND DELIVER OR MAIL YOUR PORTFOLIO & ESSAY RESPONSES TO:

Visual Art Portfolio Review Committee
1467 Jayhawk Blvd., room 300
Art & Design Building Lawrence, KS 66045

If you wish to have your flash drive or disk returned to you, include a self-addressed package with accurate pre-paid shipping and handling. We will keep the Color Inventory Sheet for departmental record. 


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


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