Transferring to PSU as an Art Practice major: How to Apply
For Art Practice Transfer Students Only
The following instructions only apply to students transferring to PSU who are starting 300-level coursework in our Art Practice BFA program. If you are transferring to PSU with 90 or more credits from another institution and are ready to start Year 3 of the Art Practice program, this applies to you.
Please read all instructions prior to uploading your application
Step One: Apply to PSU
Students entering our program in years one and two need only apply through the main PSU application portal. You will submit a portfolio for review during your sophomore year.
Transferring students who are ready to take 300-level courses or higher must complete this step and submit a portfolio for review as outlined in step two.
Step Two: Portfolio Review
The Art Practice BFA program requires that all students pass a portfolio review before taking 300- and 400- level coursework. If you are a transfer student intending to take 300-level courses or higher, you must submit a digital portfolio for review before beginning coursework in upper-division classes. The application materials you will need are outlined below.
Important: Transfer students must apply to PSU (step one) and be accepted before submitting a portfolio.
2021 Deadline to Apply: TBD
When applying, you will need to submit the following:
Portfolio: Provide 1-10 items
Consider including samples that reflect your experience with 2D, 3D, and time-based media. Use the comments section to help the committee understand the size, media, and content of each work sample.
File types and sizes:
- Images (up to 5MB each)
- Video (up to 250MB each)
- Audio (up to 30MB each)
- PDFs (up to 10MB each)
- Models (Sketchfab)
- You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud
Provide contact information for two individuals who can serve as a reference (artistic and scholastic ability and potential).
Transcript or PSU DARS Report
Provide a copy of your transcript or Portland State University DARS report with grades for all completed Art and Art History courses. If you have difficulty attaching this document, please submit a hard copy to the Art Office by the deadline date (include your name plus "attention BFA Application").
Respond to the following questions (150 words max. per question):
- Why do you want to pursue a BFA in Art Practice at Portland State University?
- What skills/methods of making from our current course offerings are you interested in pursuing?
- What ideas/concepts are you interested in exploring in your work?
- Who is an artist that inspires you? Why?
Please check the presentation and interaction of your materials on the application site before committing your material for review.