Art Portfolio - BA, BFA, BSE, MED & Certification
INSPIRATION • CREATIVITY • INNOVATION • PASSION
NOTICE: WAIVER OF PORTFOLIO REVIEW
THE PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN WAIVED FOR ALL STUDENTS APPLYING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ART & DESIGN FOR ALL SPRING 2023 APPLICANTS. THIS MEANS, THAT PROVIDED YOU MEET GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ACCEPTED INTO THE ART OR DESIGN PROGRAM THAT YOU SELECT ON THE GENERAL APPLICATION TO MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY, HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN CLASSES AT MU, PLEASE SUBMIT AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM CHANGE REQUEST WITH YOUR DESIRED DEGREE.
Portfolio & Design Reviews allow you the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of your artistic strengths, the depth of artistic abilities, and your design thinking skills. The committee is assessing your ability to demonstrate value, the complexity of the composition of your work, your level of creativity, and acquired computer skill sets. They will also be evaluating your ability to follow instructions. The reviews are competitive and comparative to those of other applicants at your level of education. 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.
The Application Process
1. Apply to Millersville University.
Freshman, Transfer and Graduate/ Certification Students - For admission into the Department of Art & Design apply to the Office of Admissions at Millersville University for acceptance to the university.
2. Apply to the Department.
Freshman, Transfer and Graduate/ Certification Students - Based on your desired major, you will be advised to create either a Portfolio or a Design Review on your general application to gain acceptance into any major within the department. You will be asked to complete a Portfolio or Design Review on flickr.com and complete a Submission Form. This form will request that you identify yourself, your demographics, and your desired major. The last field will allow you to paste the URL of your Flicker portfolio. Follow the guidelines under the section titled "Creating your Portfolio".
Internal Transfers - If you are currently enrolled at Millersville University and wish to change your major create a portfolio on flickr.com and follow the instructions above.
3. The Review.
On the first Friday of every month (September-May) throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, the Portfolio & Design Review Committee reviews all the portfolios that were submitted to the department.
Timeline Guidance: Please remember, the guidelines noted below are meant to help you stay on the prescribed registration schedule. Missing any of the deadlines below does not mean that your portfolio will not be reviewed, nor that any changes to your major, nor minor will be processed. The deadlines for Change of Major/ Minor Forms will be displayed in the "Announcement" column on the home page of the Department of Academic Advisement & Student Development.
Fall Registration: In order to receive full consideration to register for fall classes, please ensure your Portfolio or Design review is submitted by the February portfolio review. The change of major/ minor deadline for any degree alteration will be in early March. Students can begin to register 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 change of major/ minor deadline for any degree alteration will be in early October. Students can begin to register for the spring semester in October.
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. If you haven't completed a general application you will not receive the results of your portfolio.
Internal Transfers - Internal transfers will receive an e-mail to the same account they entered on the Portfolio Submission Form notifying them of the status of their portfolio. If applicable, the applicant will be directed to complete a Academic Program Change Request 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. Please schedule a meeting with the advisor assigned within our department to help ensure your new graduation expectations are clearly defined.
Creating your Portfolio
1. Open an account on Flickr.
2. Check the "public" setting as your privacy setting.
If you do not select this setting, we will not be able to view your work.
3. Upload your photos.
You should be submitting 10-15 pieces of art identified by: title, media, and dimensions of the original piece. Three to five of your works must be drawings with a minimum of two being from direct observation. The remaining works can be from the media of your choice. Submit your best works, not the progressive stages of development since you started producing works, regardless of the variety of media you have available. Suggestions are available in the Media Samples page. Flicker has a sensitivity filter and although drawings from live models would be acceptable by our reviewers and may block your work from public viewing.
4. Test/ view your portfolio.
Make sure all images are uploaded. If the URL you supply on your form reads as "https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll" we will not be able to view your work but asked to log-in to your account.
5. Complete the Submission Form.
As a mandatory step of all applicants, remember to copy and paste the URL of your Flickr portfolio into the last field of the form. Should you desire to submit additional work outside of Flickr, a video project etc., that can't be incorporated into your Flicker account, and you would like to have it reviewed, you will have the option to paste the URL below your Flicker portfolio. Additionally, if you are applying to the Graduate or Certificate program and already have a professional website hosting your work, you are welcome to use the second field to supplement the portfolio required for admission.
What if I don't have a portfolio and want to declare a major in art?
We welcome you to take advantage of one of our minors. This would enable you the opportunity to develop works to create a portfolio while enabling you receive credit for art courses that count towards all our majors (BA, BFA, or BSE in Art or the BDes in Interactive & Graphic Design).
If at any point you have confidence that your skills have strengthened and meet the portfolio requirements you are welcome to submit a portfolio and apply for formal admission into the department. If, however, you have taken several art courses and decide, at this time, that you are disinterested in reapplying to the art department, or drop your minor, a maximum of two completed courses will count toward the "General Education/Arts and Humanities (G1)" requirements and any remaining credits earned will be considered "General Electives."