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Applying to a Degree Program

Portfolio Specifications

The College of Design requires a portfolio at the completion of our Core foundation for admission into many of our majors. The portfolio should demonstrate what was learned in DSN S 102: Design Studio I and in DSN S 131: Design Representation. The portfolio also shows the quality of your work as well as the thought and care with which it is presented.

All work included in the portfolio must be your own, produced individually or as part of a team project. In team projects, it may be helpful to identify work of the team versus individual work. Any form of plagiarism will disqualify you from the admission review.

Your portfolio will now be submitted digitally through SlideRoom (see details in the SlideRoom section below). You should present examples of your work from your Core courses (DSN S 102 and DSN S 131) that showcase your thinking and making. Your selected work should reflect a full range of your ideas, curiosity, experimentation and experience in creating and making. This can include work in any medium, in finished or sketch form, and can be the result of an assigned project or a self-directed exploration.

While the majority of your portfolio should feature finished pieces, we suggest including some research or preparatory work in portfolio selections. This helps the faculty reviewers better understand how you develop your ideas.


The new page count for digital submission will be a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 20 pages. A “page” can be a single image, or it can be a group of images arranged together as you would have done for the physical portfolio. If you completed some physical portfolio pages last fall semester (2019) or already this spring, you can photograph or scan those entire pages and include them as part of your submission if you wish. However, you are not required to produce portfolio pages as they were originally specified before the COVID-19 pandemic and the university’s move to online/remote instruction.


If you are submitting pages with multiple images on them, we recommend you create a PDF file, as SlideRoom allows for zooming in on PDFs. If you are submitting only one image per page, then a jpeg, png or gif might work as well. These formats are most compatible with SlideRoom. Google Drive or zipped files are not recommended formats for sharing your work. Each image/page submission should be supported with a brief explanation of your visual work in the text box provided in SlideRoom. See tips on using SlideRoom (PDF).

Please note: We strongly discourage inclusion of excessive visual elements or text descriptions in a single page submission. These are difficult to view and are likely to exceed the file size limit. Remember that editing is an important part of curating your portfolio. You may need to devise creative solutions to best show your work within the limits of the submission guidelines.


Please contact your academic adviser or one of the Core instructors who teach DSN S 102 or DSN S 131.

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