Admission Portfolio

Art Portfolio


Admission to the art + design major at Salem State requires an art portfolio. The following helpful hints may be useful in preparing the portfolio. A good art portfolio demonstrates a wide range of skills, therefore, it is important to study art and to learn a variety of artistic techniques. Try to work in different mediums.

It is recommended that your portfolio contain 10-15 original works. You may include some work from your imagination, but it is best to work from direct observation. Do not include copied work. You may submit 10 - 15 images on CDROM or DVD. Make sure that the disk is MAC compatible. If you include black and white photographs, they should be images that you personally have printed.

If you include slides or photographs of 3-dimensional art (ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, etc.), please include at least two views of each work.

Presentation is important. If you choose to submit slides, they should be original work, in sharp focus, clear and bright. They should be matted. Mats on drawings, prints and watercolor paintings should be neatly cut.

Finally, include only your best work and please write your name and address on the CD.

CDROM or slide portfolios can be sent to:

Admissions Office
Salem State University
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for slide return. If you do not have slides of your work, you may drop off and pick up your portfolio at the art + design department.