Guidelines for Documenting and Submitting your Portfolio

Students who do not attend the Open House and Portfolio Review must mail a portfolio along with the School of Art application. Do not submit actual artwork or printed photographs. If applying for scholarship only one portfolio submitted on a CD as a PowerPoint should be submitted. Please do not send duplicates. Do not submit work in any kind of notebook, folder, or binder. Documentation of the portfolio must be submitted on a CD as a PowerPoint:

PowerPoint on a CD
If you choose to submit a digital portfolio, images must be submitted in a slide show using PowerPoint. Write with permanent marker on the CD the student name and BSU ID#. Students should also include a numbered inventory sheet detailing assignments and any other pertinent information for each work.

  • Use a good quality digital camera (minimum 4 megapixel). Do NOT use cell phone cameras.
  • Digital images must be formatted as JPEG. Resize the file to 72 DPI, with the image size no greater than 1100 x 800 pixels, with the final file size being no greater than 40 MB.
  • The PowerPoint slide show should include a title slide labeled with the student name and BSU ID#, followed by JPEG images of your artwork.
  • Each PowerPoint slide should be labeled with the title of work (or course number and title), medium, size, and date/term.
  • Please refrain from using any sound, music, animations, transitions, word art or graphics in the PowerPoint portfolio.
  • When shooting digital slides, make sure the artwork is parallel to the camera allowing for the artwork to fill the entire viewfinder.
  • Three-dimensional artwork can be documented from more than one view to adequately represent the work.
  • Additional views or details can be included if you feel the work cannot be shown adequately from a single view.
  • Video and animation may be submitted on a DVD in QuickTime format (no longer than a 3 minute sample).
  • Only slide shows in PowerPoint format will be considered (with the file extension as .ppt or .pptx).

PORTFOLIO DISC(S) WILL NOT BE RETURNED. The portfolio submitted with the School of Art and scholarship applications becomes a permanent part of the applicant's art admission file.

Inventory Sheet
Applicants should also include a typewritten list of artwork indicating the title of work/project, course (if applicable), medium, size, and date/term completed. Each item should be listed in numerical order in which the work will be viewed in the PowerPoint.