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School of Fine ArtsArt & Art History Department

Undergraduate Admissions – Portfolio Requirements

Class of 2021, the Common Application is now available for Fall 2017 admission!

Portfolio Review

A successful portfolio review is required for admission to the Department of Art and Art History. This review may take place through a portfolio uploaded to SlideRoom or via a live portfolio review with UConn faculty (see schedule below). Applicants who present a portfolio in person must still upload a digital portfolio via SlideRoom. This is to ensure that all portfolios are on file and viewable throughout the application process, which includes consideration for financial awards for incoming students.

A portfolio of 15-20 pieces should represent your best work while demonstrating independent thinking and the diversity of your experiences in the visual arts. If Drawing is the focus of your portfolio you should include at least 10 drawings from direct observation. Your strongest area of work should make up the largest portion of your portfolio. The portfolio may also include works in:

–Drawing:  (see note above) This includes traditional drawing techniques on paper as well as digital drawings and drawings done on alternative surfaces including sidewalks, cardboard, or walls. Images must reflect a basic understanding of observational drawing. Renderings of action heroes and or anime characters are discouraged, unless you plan on pursing a degree Concentration in Illustration/Animation, and the characters you present are of your own original design.

–Artist Books: All types and sizes.

–Sketch Books: All types and sizes.

–Painting: This includes traditional stretched canvas as well as painting on a variety of surfaces including murals, interior and exterior walls, wood panels and all types of paper.

–Photography: This includes both digital photography and black-and-white photographs produced in the darkroom.  All photographs are evaluated on composition, subject matter, and image quality.  Photographs should convey your sense of observation and creative vision – keep in mind that over-reliance on filters or Photoshop techniques may obscure our judgment of your vision.

–Multi-Dimensional Art:  This includes traditional and non-traditional sculptural work in any material, as well as found object assemblage, sculptural installation, environmental art, performance art or wearable art. This may also include functional objects in any traditional and non-traditional craft medium.

–Prints: This includes images created using various traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques.

–Mixed Media: This includes collage and installation work.

–Digital Media: In selecting your digital work, keep in mind that we regard digital technologies as a tool for creative practice – the technology itself is not the end result. Digital images (including digital paintings and drawings) will be evaluated based on composition, creativity, design, subject matter, and image quality.

–Video and Animation: This may include short narrative films, animation, documentary, and experimental work.  Upload videos to SlideRoom or include a link to the video.

Please note that both digital imagery and video can be shown on a laptop computer for the in-person portfolio review. Include stills from motion pieces in your SlideRoom portfolio and note them as such in the area provided for you to describe images.

The portfolio should be the best possible collection of your work. For example, if drawing is your strongest area, then drawings should be the majority of the work in your portfolio. The portfolio can include finished pieces, works in progress, and sketch books. Applicants submitting digital photographs also need to submit images of other forms of image-making as well. It is not necessary to mat or frame your two-dimensional work.


If you have any problems, or questions about your application, please call the AAH office at 860-486-3930, or email us at

Portfolio Review Schedule & Application Deadlines


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hartford Art School (host)

Hartford CT

Time TBD



Saturday, December 2, 2017 (Tentative Date)

Department of Art and art History

University of Connecticut

Art Building, Room 109

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm (no appointment necessary)

(snow date: Sunday, December 3, 12:00 noon –2:00 pm) (Tentative Date)

The Storrs review is the final opportunity for an in-person portfolio review.

January 15 – Common Application deadline

February 1 – Deadline for SlideRoom completion