The Admission Office actively seeks artists, musicians, dancers and students in all areas of theatre to invigorate our community through their dedication to the arts.
Students who exhibit exceptional talent in the arts will find it easiest to submit an arts portfolio through the Common Application via Slideroom. This portfolio is an optional part of the application process and is intended for those who plan to engage seriously in the University’s arts departments as students. Completed portfolio evaluations are shared with the admission committee and are considered as part of the overall application review. These portfolios are not required to enroll in arts-related classes at the University of Virginia and will only be used for the admission process. If a student who has already submitted their Common App wants to submit an art suppliement, they may create a Slideroom account using their Common App ID.
Supplemental portfolios must be received by the application deadline and adhere to departmental guidelines to guarantee review.
Our School of Architecture offers the option for prospective student designers, planners, and architectural historians with experience producing graphic and visual design to submit an architecture portfolio.
The portfolio should demonstrate experience in design and craft. This may include a wide range of work done for courses or other activities: work such as drawing, painting, graphic design, theatric set design, sculpture, computer graphics, furniture design, etc. With each piece, include a brief text description that explains the work’s context and purpose (e.g. a ten-minute sketch for a drawing class, a clay sculpture for an art class, or a photographic essay on a particular theme produced independently).
The portfolio must be a PDF file and no more than 10 pages. It is recommended to use only your best pieces for review. A 3 page PDF of good work is preferable over 10 pages of mediocre work. We recommend formatting the pages in landscape orientation which is better suited to viewing on a computer monitor. Portfolios will be reviewed only on screen, they will not be printed.
All transfer applicants interested in majoring in Architecture must submit a portfolio. Transfer applicants interested in Urban Planning and Architectural History are not required to submit portfolios.