How to Apply

 

Undergraduate Admission

BFA Art Practice

The BFA is a four-year professional degree that provides a comprehensive education in visual art practices, theories, and history, with an interdisciplinary emphasis on trends in contemporary art. The BFA degree requires the student to research, develop, assemble and present a strong body of well-conceived and executed work that can combine coursework from the following areas of study:

Drawing/Illustration

Painting

Printmaking

Sculpture

Textiles/Costume

Photography

Time Arts / Video

Social Practice

 

For a complete overview of the course requirements and elective offerings, please refer to the BFA Art Practice Graduation Planner. 

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Please make an initial appointment with the Design, Creativity, and Performance Pathway advising team to determine your degree path.  Appointments can be made at https://www.pdx.edu/advising/design-creativity-and-performance-pathway

 

BFA Graphic Design

There is no entrance portfolio for graphic design students at this time. However, graphic design majors must pass a sophomore portfolio review to be eligible to take 300-  and 400-level graphic design courses. The portfolio review is offered once a year in spring term.

Click here for information on the Graphic Design Sophomore Porfolio Review

 

Questions?

Contact a College of the Arts advisor for help!

 

Graduate Admission

Application for admission to the MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Studio Practice (3-year full residency) and MFA Contemporary Art Practice: Art and Social Practice (3-year flexible residency) programs must be made by January 11 prior to the fall term in which the student intends to begin work towards the degree.

A $65 non-refundable application fee and a $2 processing fee will be required to successfully complete the application. Payment can be made with a VISA or MasterCard.

In addition to the Portland State University Office of Graduate Studies application, the MFA Studio and MFA Social Practice programs require the submission of a digital portfolio through SlideRoom.

Graduate Application Requirements

MFA Studio Practice

Applicants to the Studio Practice concentration must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in any of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, photography, video, new genres, or intermedia. Exceptions may be made for those with a degree in another field who have significant related experience and a solid art history background.

  • Digital portfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text-based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) up to 250 MB each, audio (up to 30MB mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each. You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. Faculty will review up to 5 minutes total of video and/or audio clips.
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). Applicant's reasons for applying to the Studio Practice program, including relevant background, significant past experience and achievements, future plans and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining art-related achievements and experience.
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation

MFA Social Practice

Applicants to the Art and Social Practice concentration must have a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A. degree.

  • Digital portfolio of applicant's work. 15-20 images, video, audio or text-based examples. Images (jpg, gif, png) up to 5 MB each, videos (flv, wmv, mov) up to 250 MB each, audio (up to 30MB mp3) up to 10 MB each, documents (pdf) up to 10 MB each. You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. Faculty will review up to 5 minutes total of video and/or audio clips.
  • Statement of intent (500 words max). Include applicant's reasons for applying to the MFA program, including relevant aspects from significant past experience and achievements, future plans and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating aptitude for graduate study.
    Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, txt
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended in the past. A legible copy of your transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
    Maximum file size: 10MB. Accepted file formats: jpg, tif, png, pdf, gif
  • Names and contact information of three references. Short-listed applicants may be asked to have letters of reference emailed by February 22.
  • An alternative one-page Curriculum Vitae specifically for Social Practice. The format should be modeled after a standard CV, but instead of traditional content (formal education, exhibitions, etc.), this CV should focus on less orthodox but equally important aspects from applicant's life of experiences and research that have prepared the applicant for being a social practice MFA student.
  • Three video assignments:
    1. Tour of the highlights in your neighborhood. Create a short video (3 min maximum) of what you consider to be the highlights of your neighborhood. Video quality is not an issue, Cell phone/webcam videos are acceptable.
    2. Ask a stranger about the significance of the clothes they are wearing. Create a short video (3 min maximum) of you having a stranger describe for you the significance of the clothes they are wearing. Video quality is not an issue. Cell phone/webcam videos are acceptable.
    3. Demonstrate a talent. Create a short video (3 min maximum) where you demonstrate a talent. Video quality is not an issue. Cell phone/webcam videos are acceptable.

Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact the School of Art + Design at art@pdx.edu or phone 1-800-547-8887, ext. 53515, or 503-725-3515.