Admissions Portfolio Review | Webster University

Portfolio Review


The admissions process begins with an application to the university—requirements and an application can be found on the Admissions webpage. Admission to the department for studio prospective students, however, begins with a portfolio review, while art history and criticism prospective student should submit a writing sample.

Ian DickensThe Art and Design Portfolio Review

Applicants with the intention of pursuing a degree in Art with an emphasis in Studio or Graphic Design must attend a portfolio review with a portfolio of their own work. A selection of the most representative and "best" work should be emphasized. Include work from individual initiative, as well as class projects. In addition, include a sketchbook and an 18" x 24" drawing of a "hand tool" in any media. The Department of Art, Design, and Art History accepts a variety of works and recognizes varied experiential levels. While actual work is preferred; large, cumbersome, fragile, or heavy work is better presented with photographic documentation. If a student chooses a digital format to present work they should bring a laptop or other display technology. Please be sure your portfolio includes the following:

  • a selection of 15 to 25 unique artworks
  • one 18"x 24" drawing of a "hand tool"
  • a sketchbook

Portfolio reviews are held on specific days, the present academic years dates are given below. Appointments for portfolio interviews can be scheduled through the Office of Admission, to do so, click the button at the top of the page. The student will bring the portfolio of work to campus, where two DADAH faculty will separately discuss the portfolio with the applicant. The department looks for work of high technical quality and originality, as well as interesting, complex, and ambitious personal concepts and ideas. The ability to understand and articulate information concerning the work is also important.

Passing of the portfolio review indicates provisional department acceptance. Accepted students can take courses in the department, usually of foundations nature. Full acceptance into the department, and the BA program, is awarded with successful passing of the Major Acceptance Review

  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Friday, February 5, 2021
  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Friday, May 28, 2021