Undergraduate portfolios

Freshman and transfer portfolio submissions are accepted for achievement honors scholarship consideration and do not adversely affect the likelihood of an applicant's enrollment decision.

To be considered for achievement honors scholarships, applicants must submit a résumé/list of achievements in addition to submitting an undergraduate portfolio in one of the following categories to enhance their file: visual art, time-based media, writing, equestrian, or performing arts.*

All portfolio types should showcase an applicant's best work, presented professionally. Portfolio submissions are not required to reflect an applicant's intended major. However, portfolios should demonstrate the applicant's interest and aptitude for advanced study, which will enhance his or her potential for success at SCAD.

*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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Undergraduate portfolio guidelines

Visual arts

Applicants may submit 10 to 20 visual art pieces such as drawings, paintings, designs, prints, collages, photography, sculptures, jewelry, fashion designs, fiber art and/or 3-D renderings. Where applicable, artistic and/or pop culture references explored in works submitted must include proper citation.

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

Time-based media

Applicants may submit 3 to 5 minutes of time-based media work such as film, animation, game design, and sound design that shows an awareness of strong storytelling and technical skills. Where applicable, portfolios should demonstrate an aesthetic awareness and effective use of software. A brief description of the applicant's role(s) in the production of the work must accompany the submission.

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

Visual and time-based media

Applicants may submit 2 to 3 minutes of time-based media work, accompanied by eight to 10 visual art pieces. Time-based media work may include animation, game design, and sound design that shows an awareness of strong storytelling and technical skills. Where applicable, portfolios should demonstrate an aesthetic awareness and effective use of software. A brief description of the applicant's role(s) in the production of the work must accompany the submission. Visual art pieces may include drawing, painting, design, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion design, fiber art, and/or 3-D renderings. Where applicable, artistic and/or pop-culture references explored in works submitted must include proper citation.

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

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

Writing

Applicants may submit 5 to 15 pages of typed, double-spaced, written work such as research papers, short stories, dramatic writing, 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 the following qualitative measures, including but not limited to: spelling, grammar, vocabulary, story progression, conceptualism, presentation, technique, originality, and proper citation when applicable.

Performing arts

Applicants may submit a 4-minute taped audition. The audition may include one of the following: two contrasting monologues, monologue and vocal performance, or monologue and dance performance. A performance résumé must accompany the audition. Applicants may also submit a current headshot.

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

Equestrian

Applicants may submit a 4-minute performance video, preferably from a horse show, that includes footage of riding, jumping, and/or dressage. An appropriate video should demonstrate experience and level of performance. An inventory sheet citing the venue, trainer information, level of competition, and date the show took place should accompany the video. A résumé listing experience, awards, and achievements should also be submitted.

Portfolios are reviewed on the following qualitative measures, including but not limited to: competence of basic flat work and style/position over fences.