Art Portfolio - BA, BFA, BSE. MEd & Certification


Portfolio reviews are meant to allow you the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of your artistic strengths and depth of artistic abilities.  The committee will be assessing your ability to follow instructions by meeting the overall number of works of art; the dimension, demonstration of value, and composition used in your works; and the level of creativity involved.  The reviews are competitive and comparative to those of other applicants at your level of education.

Portfolio Submission Process

Please note that entrance into the BDes (Bachelor of Design) requires a Design Review submission (click here to go to the BDes Design Review page).

1.  Applying to the department, BA, BFA, BSE, MEd & Certification.

Freshman, Transfer and Graduate/Certification Students - For admission into the Department of Art & Design apply to the Office of Admissions at Millersville University for general acceptance. On the general application you will be advised to create an electronic portfolio on  Enter the URL in the last field of the Portfolio Submission Form.  Please follow the guidelines under section titled "Portfolio Content" when creating your portfolio. 

Internal Transfers -  If you are currently enrolled within Millersville University and wish to change your major create a portfolio on and enter the URL in the last field of the Portfolio Submission Form.  Please follow the guidelines under section titled "Portfolio Content" when creating your portfolio.

If you wish to major in one of our degree options within Art & Design but don't have a portfolio. - You may wish to declare a minor.  Please review the notes on the left side of this page. 

2.  Creating your electronic portfolio.

  1. Sign up for a flickr account at (
  2. Upload photos.
  3. Check the "public" setting as your privacy setting.
  4. Provide descriptions of your works as needed.
  5. Test/view your portfolio to make sure all images are uploaded.
  6. Copy and paste the URL from of your Flickr portfolio into the "Submission Form". Please keep in mind that if the URL you supply on your form reads as "" we will not be able to view your work but asked to log-in to your account.
  7. Please note: Flicker has a sensitivity filter and although drawings from live models would be acceptable by our reviewers, Flicker may block your work from public viewing.

3.  The Review.

On the first Friday of every month (September-May) throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, the Portfolio Review Committee reviews all the portfolios that were submitted to the department.  

Timeline Guidance:  Please remember, the guidelines noted below are purposed to guide you for efficiency.  Missing any of the below deadlines does not mean that your portfolio will not be reviewed, nor that any changes to your major, nor minor will be processed, it simply sets you up for a smoother registration process.  The actual deadlines for Change of Major/Minor Forms will be displayed in the "Announcement" column of The Office of Academic Advisement's web page.

Fall Registration:  In order to receive full consideration to register for fall classes, please ensure your portfolio is submitted by the February portfolio review.  The Office of Academic Advisement establishes change of major/minor deadlines for any degree alterations in early March. This processing time is needed for your forms to be processed.  Students can begin registering for the fall semester in April. 

Spring Registration:  In order to receive full consideration to register for spring classes, please ensure your portfolio is submitted for the September portfolio review.  The Office of Academic Advisement establishes change of major/minor deadlines for any degree alterations in early October.  Students can begin to register for spring classes in October.  

4.  Notification.

Freshman, Transfer and Graduate/Certification Students - The department forwards their recommendation to the Undergraduate/ Graduate Office of Admissions.  They will notify the applicant on the status of their application to the University and to the department.

Note: The portfolio is only a component of the general application of students who desire to declare an art major and does not denote admission into the University. If you haven't completed a general application you will not receive the results of your portfolio.  Please keep in mind, we operate with a multi-person review committee; this is the same manner as art programs nationwide.  Individual feedback or critiquing will not be supplied.

Internal Transfers - Internal transfers will receive an e-mail to to the e-mail account they entered on the Portfolio Submission Form from the department notifying them of the status of their portfolio.  If applicable, the applicant will be directed to complete a Change of Major Form and submit it to the Office of Academic Advisement.  The form will not only allow assignment to your designated major but also to an advisor within the department.

Portfolio Content

Your electronic portfolio must include a total of 10-15 pieces of art identified by title, media, and the dimensions of the original piece. 3-5 pieces must be drawings with a minimum of 2 being from direct observation.  The remaining works can be from the the media of your choice. Suggestions are classified in the Media Samples page. Always remember to submit your best works, not the progressive stages of development since you started producing works, regardless of the variety of medias you have available as samples.