A portfolio consists of 10 original works of art that represent your best artwork/design/photos. Portfolios should also demonstrate independent thought and the diversity of your experience in visual arts. The portfolio should include drawings from direct observation. The portfolio may also include works in 2-D media (such as painting, illustration, comics, photography, printmaking), 3D media (such as ceramic, sculpture and installations), and/ or time-based media (animation, motion graphics, game design and video). Your portfolio can include finished pieces and works in progress, but please note the status of the work in the description.

Applicants must submit their portfolio online via Slideroom.

Images in the form of JPEG, video (.MOV, .WMV, .FLV) or PDF documents may all be uploaded. For good image quality and a fast upload, it is recommended that the image files be sized no larger than 1220 pixels (px) at 72 dots per inch (dpi), and video files kept under 60 MB each. For all technical assistance in this process, applicants can access the SlideRoom help desk.

SlideRoom provides a text area to submit information that is useful in understanding the work in the images. Applicants are requested to use this feature to specify the size, medium and date of completion of each piece. Descriptions of the assignments, concepts or processes involved in the making of the work may also be included.

If an applicant cannot submit a portfolio via SlideRoom for technology-related reasons, then applicants may submit their portfolios by mail to:

Portfolio Submission
Department of Art & Design
Mahoney Hall, Suite #1
870 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854-3088

Please be sure to include your contact information and return address to receive your materials. While the department will make every effort to ensure the safety of your materials, we will not be responsible for items lost or damaged in transit in either direction. Digital submissions are the best way to ensure the safety of originals. Please be sure to call the department 978-934-3494 and let us know if you are mailing your portfolio.

Successful applicants will receive a letter from Admissions detailing the terms of acceptance. If an applicant’s portfolio fails review, applicants who are accepted to the university may take freshman level art courses and resubmit well-graded work resulting from these courses to the portfolio review after the first semester.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the Department of Art & Design.