Transfer students will need to submit work that is commensurate with the work that is done our first year courses.


The following paperwork and projects should be in your portfolio:

Note: Please use the guidelines below when considering work to include in your portfolio.

  1. The Portfolio Review Application – 2016 form (see below).
  2. An unofficial copy of a current transcript from each institution you have attended.
  3. Projects from classes like Design I, Design II, Basic Design, and Foundations
    • Show an understanding of dot, line, shape, value, color, texture, scale, etc.
    • Show an understanding of basic design and Gestalt Principles
    • Show an understanding of simple sketching and concept generation
  4. Projects from classes like Typography (I and II) and/or Layout Design
    • Show an understanding of basic type selection
    • Typeface comparison and analysis
    • Using type as letterforms, words, sentences, paragraphs, single page, multi-page layout, etc.
  5. Projects from classes like Drawing (I or II), Life Drawing, Still Life Drawing
    • 3-5 samples of drawings showing sketching skills, gesture drawing, perspective drawing, etc.
  6. Projects that show your proficiency in software programs that designers use:
    • Basic Photoshop (i.e. image manipulation, color correction, resolution v. document, layer management, selections, masks, etc.)
    • Basic Illustrator (i.e. using shapes, the pen tool, the pathfinder, transform tools, groups, clipping masks, document setup, etc.)
    • Basic InDesign (i.e. page setup, columns, grids, type placement, stylesheets, printing, etc.)

You can download the current Portfolio Review Application – 2016 form here:

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  • Understanding of Design and Aesthetics
    • visual organization, composition
    • understanding of color, value, and texture
    • attention to detail
  • Visual problem solving
    • creativity, imaginative thinking
    • range and variety of ideas
    • development and improvement of concept (if supported by preliminary work)
  • Skills
    • craft and hand skills
    • drawing, observation
    • technical skill with tools and materials
    • quality of execution, care for the appropriate presentation of your work
  • Overall quality of visual presentation
  • Critical analysis and research skills (if applicable)

Secondary criteria used in the selection process will be an assessment of work from drawing and other art courses and your overall success in other College/University courses.

There will be an evaluation sheet placed in each portfolio. This sheet will have a 0-4 “ranking” on each of the evaluation criteria and will inform you whether or not you have been admitted to the Graphic Design major and cleared to take program level courses. A letter of confirmation will follow.

Upon a successful review and acceptance to the major, students can expect a minimum of 6 semesters to complete the BFA degree.


All work must be submitted in portfolio case with your name on the outside of the portfolio.

Portfolios should be turned in to the office of the Program Coordinator for Graphic Design (AD 409) between the hours of 9 AM—4 PM, Monday, May 2nd through Thursday, May 5th.

All portfolios must be complete and turned in by 4 PM, Thursday, May 5th in to be considered for review this year.

You may pick up your portfolio the following Monday, May 9th, in the same location.

Transfer Students Only: Two additional dates have been set for Transfer Student Portfolio Reviews. These dates are Friday, June 17th, and Friday, August 5th. For more information about this review, please contact Professor Clayton at or (210) 805-1212.