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MS, Communication & Media Technology | BFA, '07
Saratoga Springs NY

Portfolio Reviews

Ashley Hennigan on Monday, 15 November 2010.

An important part of any art, design, or craft application.

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Preparing an art portfolio for admission to an undergraduate program can be a daunting task. I know, I've been there. For students preparing to send off their portfolios to RIT this fall, I invite you to consider an in-person portfolio review. Not only does this review allow you a chance to speak about your work, but it also gives you invaluable feedback from RIT faculty about how to improve upon your work in order to gain admission and possibly additional scholarship to the university.


As a graduate of the Fine Art Studio, BFA program in 2007, I am often encouraged at this time of year to help future students in their BFA application process. This past week's Open House on the RIT campus was a special reminder that in-person portfolio reviews are extremely valuable to an applicant.

If you are applying to a major in the School of Art, School of Design, or School of American Crafts  in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) you will be required to submit a portfolio of work along with your undergraduate application to RIT. 

Portfolio reviews can be conducted during the week with CIAS faculty by appointment. In the admissions office we are be happy to help your schedule your visit to campus and put you in contact with the correct person in the School or Art, Design, or American Crafts. You can reach our visit coordinator, Michelle Kinch by phone at 585-475-6736 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There will also be a chance for applicants to have their portfolio reviewed at our last fall Open House on Friday, December 3rd. Registration for this event is available online here:
Open House Registration

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For those applicants who are unable to make the trip to campus before the application deadline, there is a great opportunity to meet with a representative near you at a National Portfolio Day event. Below is a listing of remaining National Portfolio Day events where RIT will be represented. You can read more about these events on my blog or on the organization's website .

Saturday, Nov. 20   Atlanta, Georgia   Maryland Institute College of Art  
Saturday, Nov. 20   New York, New York   Hosted by Parsons ‐ Lehman College  
Sunday, Nov. 21   New York, New York   SUNY Purchase  
Sunday, Nov. 21   Charlotte, North Carolina   Memphis College of Art  
           
Saturday, Dec. 4
  Washington, DC
  Corcoran College of Art and Design
 
Sunday, Dec. 5   Baltimore, Maryland   Maryland Institute College of Art  
Saturday, Dec. 11   Phoenix, Arizona   Cornish College of the Arts  
           
Saturday, Jan. 8   Seattle, Washington   Cornish College of the Arts  
Sunday, Jan. 9   Portland, Oregon   Oregon College of Art and Craft  
           
Saturday, Jan. 15   San Francisco, California   California College of the Arts  
Sunday, Jan. 16   Los Angeles, California   Otis College of Art & Design  
Saturday, Jan. 22   Miami, Florida   New World School of the Arts  
Sunday, Jan. 23   Sarasota, Florida   Ringling College of Art & Design  

If an in-person portfolio review is not in the cards for you this year, there is no need to worry. You can submit your portfolio via CD or slides to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by sending it to the following address:

60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Portfolio guidelines, as well as other helpful information for high school students including, what we look for, admissions requirements, and picking your major can be found on our website here. A similar site is also available for transfer students, here.

Best wishes to all of the BFA applicants this fall!

Comments (2)

  • S. Spencer

    S. Spencer

    07 December 2010 at 17:30 |
    This was super helpful! I do have one question though; I brought my portfolio to an Open House, and it was accepted. How long does it usually take for it to reach admissions? It still reads that it hasn't reached them yet...
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    07 December 2010 at 18:19 |
    Congratulations! If you attended the December Open House then it is definitely possible that your review is in route to our admissions system. If it doesn't show up by the end of next week, call or email the admissions office to make sure they have it. The number is 585-475-6631 and the email address is admissions@rit.edu. Thanks :)

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