Art Department Admissions Requirements


Art Department Admissions Requirements

A portfolio review is a required step in the Department of Art admissions process for all prospective students, whether you are applying as a freshman or as a transfer from another school. It is your responsibility to fulfill this requirement. You cannot be considered for admission to the Department of Art without submitting your portfolio, and the following information will help you through that process.

Step 1 - What to Include

  1. 12 examples of recent work. These must include a minimum of 6 original representational drawings from direct observation; the remainder of the works can be from other areas of interest in the visual arts.
  2. A typed essay of about 250 words that discusses your educational goals and career plans as a professional in art/design. Please include your name and address on your essay.
  3. You are encouraged to also bring a sketchbook.
  4. It is logical and acceptable to show photographs or digital files of artwork or projects too large or too fragile to bring to the portfolio interview, or to show brief animations/websites/etc. that must be viewed onscreen if that is part of your artistic interests and development (optional.)
  5. Ask your art teacher to help you select the best works to demonstrate your skills and concepts. Multiple views of three-dimensional work, sculpture or crafts are counted as one item. The artworks may be from class assignments and/or pieces that you have created independently for your own interest and enjoyment. You may also include art/design created for community or other projects.

Step 2 - Apply To The University

Submit your common application to the university. List art as your intended major. Note: Admissions will not process your application until after your audition. If you are not accepted into our program, you may still attend Rowan with a different major.

Step 3 - Register For a Portfolio Review

Once you have applied to the university, please register for a portfolio review. All freshman, transfers, and internal transfer student portfolios must be reviewed for acceptance into the Department of Art. There are two options: Slideroom or scheduling an in-person interview/review.

An in-person review is an opportunity to meet with Department of Art faculty to talk about your work and your future plans and goals. Register online for a in-person portfolio review date. Dates and instructions are available on the department website: Here

If you choose to submit portfolio via Slideroom, you may digitally submit your work at any time.

Step 4 - Presenting Your Work

You will meet with Department of Art faculty to talk about your work. Be prepared to discuss your art experiences and your future plans and goals. We will gladly answer any questions about the department and the programs we offer. Parents and family are welcome to come meet, speak with faculty, and visit the facilities at Rowan University. A well-organized presentation is important!

  1. Consider using a simple storage portfolio case to neatly carry your work (we don’t expect you to have a formal portfolio with individual sleeves)
  2. 2D work (drawings, prints, etc.) may be matted/mounted for uniform display but this isn’t absolutely necessary. If you do mat your artwork, use black/white/neutral borders. You can protect the works by covering them with acetate, or simply put a flap of clean paper over/between them. Do not frame the work or use glass.
  3. If you show small 3D work, it’s easiest to wrap it and put it in a box to carry to your review. No special display formats are required. Big works, or fragile works are better and more safely shown through photographs (these can be printed or viewable on screen).
  4. If you are showing digital works, bringing your own laptop to the review assures easy and quick access to your files. If you use a CD or portable drive for your works, it is best to use .jpg or .pdf formats for still images. If you are showing animations, videos, etc. (keep them short, or show short example clips) it is best to use a Mac formatted DVD, Quicktime file or .mp4 file.