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Preparing a Portfolio
One of the most important elements of the application process is the portfolio of artwork. It
demonstrates your artistic skills and experience to help us identify creative,
talented students who will work hard at Otis and be successful.
Note: Otis does not accept original artwork and portfolios will not be returned.
|What to Include|
|Foundation Level||10-20 examples of your best and most recent work
Any medium, including drawings, illustration, painting, photography,
two-dimensional design, sculpture, drafting, three-dimensional
design, and time-based projects. Your work should show your
technical skills and creativity.
|Approach A||10-20 examples of artwork
The first approach is to show work that mirrors Foundation Year.
This would include life drawing of the nude model, observa-
tional drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design. It would also include
personal work that expresses your interests and creativity.
It does not have to include work from the major you wish to
study, but rather the core skills of that discipline. For example,
if you wish to study Toy Design, your portfolio does not need
to include toys, but should include examples of drawing and
three dimensional design.
|Approach B||10-20 examples of artwork
The second approach is to submit work that shows advanced
skill in your major. For example, students applying for the
Architecture/Landscape/Interiors major may submit a portfolio
that consists of drafting, rendering and CAD projects, rather
than life drawing and 2-D design. Remember, the portfolio
must demonstrate that you have the skills to be successful
at the sophomore level. Please note – Fashion Design and
Digital Media require life drawing in a sophomore level
Sophomore (Spring only)
Junior Level (Fall only)
|10-20 examples of artwork
Highlighting your skills in your discipline and shows that you
are ready to tackle junior year without having taken
Foundation and sophomore years at Otis. Junior level
students are expected to have professional level artwork and
to be ready for internships and advanced coursework. For
example, a student applying to be a junior in Graphic Design
should show advanced work in graphic design. Please note
that the Fashion Design department does not accept second
semester sophomore or junior level students.
How to Submit your Portfolio
You can still submit slides or a CD or DVD. Please label all materials clearly with your name and your Otis ID, or another ID such as date of birth. Otis does not accept original artwork and portfolios will not be returned.
Regardless of how you submit your portfolio, please include an index with the name of the piece, medium, approximate dimensions, date, and any other information that would be helpful to the review committee. Please do not send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your portfolio.