Rising Star portfolios

Rising Star applicants may submit a résumé/list of achievements and a portfolio for scholarship consideration based on academic and/or co-curricular achievement, including leadership, volunteer and community service, and artistic accomplishment. Submissions do not adversely affect the likelihood of an applicant's enrollment decision. Portfolios should reflect an applicant's best work in one of the following categories: visual art, time-based media, writing, equestrian or performing arts.*

Portfolios are not required to reflect an applicant's intended major or intended Rising Star course of study.

*An in-person SCAD audition may be accepted in lieu of a performing arts portfolio submission.

Portfolio submission

SlideRoom allows you to upload files for submission to the admission department as a portfolio. If you have not yet applied to SCAD and would like your work reviewed for admission or scholarship consideration, begin the admission process by applying.

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Rising Star portfolio guidelines

Visual arts

Rising Star applicants may submit 10 to 20 visual art pieces of their best work in mediums such as drawing, painting, design, prints, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, fiber art and/or 3-D rendering. Any works influenced by another artist or pop culture should include proper citation, where applicable.

Portfolios are reviewed on qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: aesthetic awareness, conceptualism, composition, presentation, craftsmanship, technique and originality.

Time-based media

Rising Star applicants may submit 3 to 5 minutes of time-based media work such as animation, game design, film and sound design that demonstrates strong storytelling and technical skills. Where applicable, portfolios should also exhibit aesthetic awareness and effective use of software. If a group project, a brief description of the applicant's role(s) in the production of the work must accompany the submission.

Portfolios are reviewed based on the applicant's role and on qualitative measures including but not limited to: story progression, color perception, aesthetic awareness, conceptualism, presentation, technique and originality.

Visual and time-based media

Rising Star applicants may submit both 2 to 3 minutes of time-based media work and eight to 10 visual art pieces. Time-based media work may include animation, game design and sound design that demonstrates strong storytelling and technical skills. Visual art pieces may include drawing, painting, design, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion design, fiber art and/or 3-D rendering.

Based on the applicant's role(s), time-based media is reviewed on qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: aesthetic awareness, story progression, color perception, conceptualism, presentation, technique and originality.

Visual art pieces are reviewed on qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: aesthetic awareness, conceptualism, composition, craftsmanship, presentation, technique and originality.

Where applicable, artistic and/or pop-culture references explored in works submitted must include proper citation. If a group project, a brief description of the applicant's role(s) in the production must accompany the submission. Portfolios should also demonstrate an aesthetic awareness and effective use of software.

Writing

Rising Star applicants may submit five to 15 pages of typed, double-spaced, written work. Accepted examples include research papers, dramatic writing, short stories, poetry or other forms of creative or professional writing. Where applicable, writing samples should adhere to appropriate writing styles: MLA, AP, Chicago or Turabian.

Portfolios are reviewed on qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: grammar, spelling, vocabulary, story progression, proper citation, conceptualism, presentation, technique and originality.

Performing arts

Rising Star applicants may submit a 4-minute taped audition that includes one of the following: monologue and vocal performance, two contrasting monologues, or monologue and dance performance. A performance résumé must accompany the audition. Applicants may also submit a current headshot with their taped audition.

In lieu of a taped audition, an in-person SCAD audition may be accepted. Please contact the admission department at 912.525.5100 or email admission@scad.edu to schedule audition opportunities. Applicants who plan to sing or dance in an in-person SCAD audition must supply the sheet music for accompaniment in the rehearsed key.

Performances are reviewed on the following qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: movement, musicality, voice production, physical commitment, energy, relaxation, characterization, memorization and character portrayal.

Equestrian

Rising Star applicants may submit a 4-minute performance video that includes footage of riding, jumping and/or dressage and is preferably from a horse show. The venue, trainer information, level of competition and date the show took place should be cited in an inventory sheet that accompanies the video. Applicants should also submit a résumé listing experience, awards and achievements.

Portfolios are reviewed on qualitative measures that include but are not limited to: form and balance (poise in the saddle and evident control of the mount), rhythm (rising and lowering with the rhythm of the trot) and style (relaxed presence while commanding the horse).