All USM Art majors must submit a portfolio of their artwork to be reviewed by the Art Department faculty prior to enrolling in 300-level and above coursework. Students are eligible to submit their portfolio during the semester in which they are completing the Art Foundation courses: ART 141 (Surface, Space, Time 2D), ART 142 (Surface, Space, Time 3D), ART 151 (Fundamentals of Perceptual Drawing) and at least one of the required ARH 111 or ARH 112 Art History Survey courses.
Students should follow portfolio guidelines carefully, and are encouraged to attend the portfolio preparation workshop offered approximately two-weeks in advance of the portfolio review each semester. Criteria for acceptance include: ability to draw in a variety of ways, to create successful compositions, to use a number of media, and to think imaginatively. (portfolio guidelines pdf) (portfolio questionnaire.pdf)
*** SPRING 2021 FOUNDATION PORTFOLIO REVIEW SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ONLINE. ***
The 2020/2021 ONLINE submission requirements are identical to previous years, except for the matting requirement, which is waived this year. All works should be photographed and submitted electronically according to the Digital Submission Guidelines.
Portfolios due online Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 by 4:00 PM. Portfolio Review Friday, March 26th, 2021.
FOUNDATION PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIREMENTS:
The portfolio should consist of no more than twelve (12) works within specific categories.
- 3 - Two-dimensional design
- 2 - Three-dimensional design (mounted photographs - must have at least 2 views)
- 3 - Drawing
- 1 - Self-portrait (drawn from life)
- 3 - Open Submissions
Each student will choose two works to mat with white, off-white or ivory mat board and backed with firm backing. (Requirement Waived 2020/2021 for Online Submissions)
STUDENT EXAMPLES: TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
STUDENT EXAMPLES: THREE-DIMMENSIONAL DESIGN
STUDENT EXAMPLES: DRAWING
STUDENT EXAMPLES: SELF PORTRAIT
STUDENT EXAMPLES: OPEN SUBMISSION
STUDENT EXAMPLES: MATTED WORK