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Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio is the single most important aspect of your application to Art Center. Read the directions below, and especially note that your portfolio must be oriented specifically to the one major for which you are applying. Art Center does not offer a non-declared major option at entry. 

Portfolios Requirements by Major

Read the portfolio requirements for the major to which you are applying. We do not accept general portfolios that are not specifically aimed at one of our majors. Submit your best, most recent work.

How to Submit Your Work

There are four methods by which you can submit your portfolio. Read the details on each format, and choose only one. Do not submit work via multiple formats.

  • Slideroom (Web-based).
    Our preferred method for submission is through Slideroom. Upload your portfolio images at https://artcenter.slideroom.com. A nominal fee will be charged by Slideroom for this service. Full instructions are listed on their site. For general artwork, we recommend scanned images rather than photos for best resolution. Film applicants should provide a DVD; see below for details.
  • Non-Returnable Printed Portfolio.
    Maximum size limit is 11” x 17”, including the envelope or covering. This can include a presentation format or simply individual samples of the work. This format works well for the design disciplines in which presentation or project formats are appropriate. Copies of sketchbook can be included in this format along with the portfolio. Work will not be returned.
    Mail with your name and address to: Admissions Office, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Film Applicants: Non-Returnable DVD or Vimeo.
    Film applicants can provide a link to their work on Vimeo via email to filmportfolio@artcenter.edu. You must include your full name and address. Applicants can also provide a non-returnable DVD in NTSC format. PAL is not accepted. DVDs should be properly authored with working menus for multiple pieces.
    Mail DVDs to: Admissions Office, Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Original Work.
    You can submit a portfolio of original work in person by dropping it off, then picking it up, at Art Center’s Admissions Office at Hillside Campus. Due to losses in the mail, damage potential and storage issues, we do not accept any mailed portfolios of original work. Weight limit is 25 pounds and maximum dimensions of 34” x 24”. Original work must be delivered in person to the Admissions Office during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Portfolios must be picked up in person immediately after notification that they have been reviewed/released, or they will be disposed of 14 days after notification. Continued acceptance of original work is under review for the future.
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