Portfolio Submission Requirements
MFA APPLICANTS (with the exception of MFA Film and Animation) must register and submit their portfolio online using the SlideRoom website. SlideRoom is a web service independent of and selected by RIT for the easy submission of electronic portfolios. There is a $10 (USD) charge for your SlideRoom account access. This fee is separate from RIT’s application fee. Please review specific portfolio details below related to the MFA program(s) you are applying to.
NON-MFA APPLICANTS: MS Game Design & Development and MA Architecture Portfolio Submission requirements are located lower on this page.
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- Art Education (Visual Art-All Grades) MST
- Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture MFA
- Fine Arts Studio MFA
- Glass MFA
- Metals and Jewelry Design MFA
- Furniture Design MFA
Portfolios submitted to the School of Art and the School for American Crafts should consist of at least 20 examples of the applicant’s best visual work.
- Industrial & Interior Design MFA
- Visual Communication Design (formerly Graphics Design & Computer Graphics Design) MFA
As part of the entrance requirements, applicants must demonstrate an understanding of design principles and visual computer skills using Adobe products. A portfolio of 10-15 examples must demonstrate a good sense of design, typography, and illustration in addition to the applicant’s interests in and aptitudes for advanced study and, specifically, potential for success at RIT. Applicants are encouraged to submit only their best original work. Applicants should not submit work copied from film, television, photographs, magazine/book illustrations or other sources.
- Film & Animation MFA
The Film & Animation MFA is our only MFA program that does not utilize SlideRoom for submission of portfolios. The portfolio and the video introduction requirements are outlined below.
The review committee is looking for work that is original in concept and content. It does not need to necessarily be motion media, but should be visual or aural. Examples include films/videos, animation, photos, drawing, paintings, sculpture, stop motion puppets, script, storyboards and original music.
The applicant must present what they consider to be the best of their work, not all their work. The film or videos should total 12 minutes or less. A complete work is preferable to a ‘demo reel’. If there are no short works then a 12-minute excerpt of a longer piece is acceptable.
In addition to this, we are also asking that each applicant produce a 2-3 minute video self-portrait to be submitted online along with his or her online portfolio. You must appear on camera and speak to the lens. We want to know where you are from, why you want to attend the School of Film & Animation at RIT and what concentration you want to pursue. Please tell us about one significant accomplishment you have made. This is in addition to your written essay. Please do not read your essay on camera. Make sure the sound and picture quality is acceptable.
Applicants must place their portfolios and video self-portrait on a web site that is theirs or an FTP site like Vimeo or YouTube that can be easily accessed by RIT faculty for review. Be sure it is not password protected or if it is, remember to supply us with the password. Your application should therefore include a URL web or FTP address where your portfolio and video self-portrait can be found. If your portfolio is placed on a shared web or FTP site that contains other files, be sure the filename contains your full name as you applied. Please include an inventory sheet or table of contents with your portfolio, and if it is not obvious, clearly indicate what your contribution was to group and collaborative pieces. This can be a separate description or can be included in the portfolio presentation.
NO HARD COPY PORTFOLIOS, DVDs OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS SENT THROUGH THE MAIL WILL BE CONSIDERED.
Please contact Graduate Enrollment Services if you are unable to upload your portfolio online.
- Imaging Arts (Photography) MFA
The portfolio, along with written records of achievements and recommendations, serves to inform the faculty of the applicant’s readiness for advanced graduate study. It provides a visual statement of the applicant’s performance to date in terms of his or her skills, aesthetic development, and maturity.
Applicants should send 20 images on a CD and/or DVD, representing a cohesive body or bodies of recent work. An artist’s statement accompanies the portfolio, addressing the work being presented and its creative process.
Admission selection for the fall quarter is made in the spring from among all portfolios and completed applications received. Applicants should be certain that applications are postmarked no later than January 15 to ensure review of the application. Acceptance occurs only once a year for a fall admission.
Portfolio instructions include the following:
- Submit no more than 20 images on CDs and/or DVDs. (Size each digital file to no more than a maximum of 1400 pixels at its longest side, at 72ppi.)
- MS Game Design & Development
- Master of Architecture M.Arch.
MS Game Design & Development
The Game Design and Development degree program contains a mandatory portfolio as a part of the application process. All applicants, regardless of undergraduate affiliation, are required to submit a portfolio of work. Portfolios may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following types of articles:
Small games or programming exercises from undergraduate work Simple game engines Attempted work in game artificial intelligence Level or map systems Work in computer graphics Usage of current APIs Level designs Character designs Work in user-interface or control systems for games / entertainment Game ‘mods’ for existing titles, constructed using scripting languages Game development narratives Audio treatments (music, audio effects, etc.) Internal and external documentation samples 2D or 3D game art / models / etc.
Group work at the undergraduate level
The primary focus of the portfolio review is to ensure that students have undergraduate preparation in their chosen major track within the Game Design and Development degree. Students will declare their desired major track sequence as a part of the application process: thus a student that wants to major in game AI would have a portfolio representative of their undergraduate preparation for such work (an undergraduate course, AI experiments in existing engines, etc.) The portfolio process is also designed to provide baseline samples of core concepts such as object-oriented programming, computer literacy, and other desired skills. All entering students would be expected to exhibit these skills, regardless of track selection.
Master of Architecture M.Arch.
All applications must be accompanied by a PDF digital portfolio. Print or bound portfolios or digital portfolios in formats other than PDF will not be accepted or reviewed. Please note that all PDF portfolios should be less than 6.0mb. Files larger than this will not be accepted or reviewed. In the event the review committee requires additional information or higher resolution images, the applicant will be notified.
Guidelines for portfolio preparation:
- Image quality: A medium quality image setting on a digital camera is sufficient. No images should be pixelated.
- File size: The total size must be 8.5x11’ and cannot exceed 6.0mb. Alternatively you may use the PDF portfolio feature (found under FILE, in more recent versions of Acrobat) to create your portfolio. Again, total file size may not exceed 6.0mb.
- Orientation: Landscape orientation is preferred.
- Cropping: Crop out unnecessary objects from the images so that there are no distractions from work presented.
- Image enhancement: If the image files of your work are not accurate after photographing, image-editing software is allowed to correct the appearance of the files you are submitting. Please use caution. It is important to maintain the integrity of the original artwork. Images should be clear and free of reflections or ‘hot spots.’
- File name: You may submit only one PDF file as your portfolio. It should follow this format: UARC_XX_LASTNAME.PDF, where XX is equal to the two year code for the academic year to which you are applying, 2011, for example would be 11, 2012 would be 12, etc. Enter your last name in all capital letters in place of LASTNAME. Do not enter given names or middle names in this field.
Submission: All PDF portfolio files must be submitted via email to email@example.com. Include your name in the subject line of the email. Files delivered on CD/ROM or USB drives will not be reviewed or accepted.