Undergraduate Portfolio Requirements

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Prospective students are invited to submit their portfolio to the School of Art Office (313 ARTlab) from

Portfolios are due between
February 26 – March 2, 2018

Extended to May 1, 2018 

by mail or drop off in person to 313 ARTlab


From 9:00AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

Students wishing to be admitted to the School of Art Studio Program must submit a portfolio of their work in addition to an Application for Undergraduate Admission (NOTE: the deadline for the Application for Undergraduate Admission is Extended to May 1, 2018.  This requirement includes students applying for direct entry into the BFA Program and the Diploma in Art Program, as well as students transferring into the program from University 1, another faculty or another institution.

Portfolios will be assessed by a panel of faculty. You will be notified by email once a decision regarding your portfolio has been made. Decisions for applicants who submitted the application after March 1, 2018 will be notify by the end of May, 2018. 


Portfolio Selection Committee
School of Art
313 ARTlab
180 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2


Call us at 204.474.8788
or 1.800.432.1960, ext. 8788# (Toll free in North America)

Email us at soadvise@umanitoba.ca


Your submission must be complete for review. Please include all of the following items or your submission may not be considered. 


Complete a written statement answering the following questions. Please limit your answers to 50 words for each question. (Print your Written Statement and include it along with your artwork or digital submission.)

  1. Why do you want to study at the School of Art?
  2. Tell us about an experience that inspired you to pursue studies in art.
  3. What will you be able to contribute to the School of Art?
  4. What will you gain through studying at the School of Art?
  5. Which piece in your portfolio is your favourite? Why so?
  6. List your education, volunteer service, and work experiences.


Make a "Portfolio Inventory List" identifying works included in your portfolio. (Number each work and the corresponding list. For each item include title, media, size and date.) Indicate if the work was done in class or was done independently. Print this list for inclusion with your submission.


On standard CDR, DVD disc or USB (MAC and PC compatible. Please test your disc to insure it works on both platforms.)
  • Clearly print your name on the disc and case (Do not use labels on the media.)
  • Do not submit images in slideshow program formats such as PowerPoint or Keynote.
  • Submit only clear, good quality still images in JPEG format not to exceed 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 ppi.
  • Submit video files in MPEG format. Video excerpts should be no longer than 2 minutes total running length.
  • Submit audio files in MP3 format.
  • Number each file/artwork to correspond with the numbers on your Portfolio Inventory List.


Print the 2018 Portfolio Submission Form (pdf) Attach the first page to the exterior of your portfolio and the second page as a cover for the disc.


A portfolio typically includes a selection of work completed within the past two years (10-15 artworks, maximum 20) that has examples selected from the following: 

  • journals, sketchbooks or notebooks
  • drawing, painting, printmaking (2D)
  • collage or mixed media (2D or 3D)
  • sculpture, installation or assemblage (3D)
  • photographic work
  • ceramics, glass, metal work, textiles
  • time-based work: animation, video, audio art, web sites, performance art
  • design
  • scripts, storyboards, creative writing, book media

There is no perfect portfolio or written submission. Each portfolio is unique and demonstrates the strengths of its maker.

DOs & DON'Ts (top)


  • Do choose work for the portfolio that shows a diverse range of media and materials, subjects, and techniques that are exciting to you and represent your responses to art materials and ideas, either traditional or experimental. It should reflect the range of your interests, skills and use of media forms. Indicate whether each work in the portfolio was done as a classroom assignment or self-directed (done by you independently). Ideally, you have included an even balance of each type.
  • Do include drawing or painting from direct observation.
  • Do include drawings of figurative or landscape subjects, in wet (e.g. ink, acrylic, etc.) and dry (e.g. graphite, conté) materials.
  • Do include recently completed works (from the past two years).
  • Do choose a wide range of work that may include 2D, 3D, as well as idea-based or materials explorations, experimental form, craft, media, problem-solving notes/ideas, etc.


Don't include work that is copied from other artists' work or directly from photographs.


2018 Admission Information - Extended to May 1, 2018 (pdf) 
2018 Portfolio Submission Form - Extended to May 1, 2018 (pdf) 

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