Transfer student portfolio guidelines

Digital or time-based media

A strong portfolio includes foundation and graphics skills, where applicable, effective use of 2-D form and composition, and an understanding of additive and subtractive color theory. In addition, portfolios should demonstrate an aesthetic awareness and effective use of software and tools. A strong video portfolio includes an awareness of composition, storytelling and technical skills, with attention given to costumes, set and acting. An inventory sheet is required.


Applicants may submit a four-minute professional performance video, preferably from a horse show. This may include footage of riding, jumping and/or dressage. An appropriate video should demonstrate experience and level of performance. An inventory sheet should accompany the video, citing the venue, trainer information, level of competition and date the show took place. A résumé of experience, awards and achievements also should be submitted.

Fiction or non-fiction writing

Applicants may submit fiction or non-fiction writing samples, such as research papers, short stories, dramatic writing, poetry or other forms of creative or professional writing. All samples must include applicant's name and title of work. Research papers should provide a clearly stated premise, findings and conclusion; must be well organized; and must demonstrate consistent use of citation and documentation conventions according to a specific writing style. Writing samples of 5-15 pages must be submitted electronically in a typed, double-spaced format.

Performing arts

Applicants should present a four-minute audition. Audition dates may be found on the SCAD website. Applicants who are unable to attend a SCAD audition may submit a four-minute performance through SlideRoom.

Performing arts applicants should prepare two contrasting monologues or one monologue presented with song or dance. Applicants who plan to sing or dance in a SCAD audition must supply the sheet music for accompaniment in the rehearsed key. A list of pieces that have been prepared, résumé and headshot (optional) must be submitted at the audition. Résumé of experience may include acting or other performance, directing, stage management, costume or set design, sound design or lighting design. Performance is reviewed on the following qualitative measures: voice production, movement, musicality, physical commitment, energy, relaxation, characterization, memorization and character portrayal.

Visual arts or design

Traditional visual art or design pieces may be executed in any medium, in black-and-white or color, and may include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, design, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, furniture or fiber art. Portfolio pieces may represent classroom assignments as well as independent projects. The portfolio should demonstrate originality of concept, use of appropriate materials and visual literacy. Works should be purposeful.

Portfolios are reviewed on the following qualitative measures: aesthetic awareness, composition, drawing, design, color perception, spatial perception, quality of presentation, technique and originality. Favorable consideration is given to strong 2-D and 3-D work that shows attention to technique, drawing, scale and original design.