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Undergraduate Portfolio Requirements

A portfolio submitted for admission to the art major at Salem State must include 10-15 pieces of original art and design work that use a variety of media and demonstrate a range of skills. Written descriptions for each portfolio piece should include the title, date, medium, dimensions, and short explanation of the purpose of the project. Portfolios should be submitted online at

The following information may be useful in preparing a portfolio:

  • You should choose pieces that summarize what you have learned in past art + design classes, as well as what you have explored on your own.
  • You should include projects of different media and approaches, such as documentary photography, commercial photography, drawing from life, drawing from imagination, painting, sculpture, web design, print design, collage, mixed media, animation, illustration, etc.
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