Are You a New PSU Applicant?
YES, if you are…
- … an incoming first-year student
- … a transfer student from a non-PSU campus
- … a non-degree OR provisional student applying for degree status
Work with Abington’s Office of Admissions to complete the Admissions process. New Applicants are NOT required to submit a portfolio. Our portfolio is part of the process of declaring a major, not part of the PSU application process.
NOTE: New PSU Applicants may be eligible for the Abington Art Scholarship »
Are You a Current PSU Student?
YES, if you are…
- … in pre-major status (ABHSS or DUS) and making progress toward Major Requirements for Art »
- … changing your major to Art from any PSU major at any PSU campus, including Abington
- … re-enrolling as a former PSU student enrolling in Art for the first time
- … pursuing a double major with Art
Current PSU Students submit a portfolio after achieving Entrance-to-Major requirements ». See portfolio instructions below.
The Portfolio Process
Unlike many art programs, the portfolio application process to our Art Program is FREE.
When submitting your portfolio, verify that you meet other Entrance-to-Major requirements: a 2.0 minimum CGPA and a minimum of 27.1 credits earned. Most students have also completed ART 110 and ART 111 Foundation Studios and use the work as the basis for their submission.
Click on the accordions below to follow the 1-2-3 process.
We're looking for 10 recent and well-documented works to evaluate your portfolio:
- Images should be high quality .jpg and a minimum of 1000 pixels in the longest direction.
- Images can include representations of several media including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, graphic designs, sculpture, jewelry/metalwork, ceramics, video screen-captures, etc.
- Time-based works, large-scale installations and videos may be submitted via video clip not to exceed a length of 60 seconds.
Follow the tips in this slideshow to make the basic digital files that comprise the portfolio.
Use the Sample Portfolio Album at Flickr » as a guide when applying to the Program. Read these instructions completely and carefully before you begin.
1 Create 10 digital images
- Follow the guidelines in 1 — MAKING THE IMAGES
2 Create a free Flickr account »
3 Upload the images
- Use the Upload link near the top of the Flickr window and follow Flickr's prompts.
4 Title the images
- In Flickr, to the left of each uploaded image, click your cursor on the image title and create a new title using this template:
- … and so on, up to 10_lastname_firstname_title
- Place your name where you see lastname_firstname (e.g., Jane Smith enters smith_jane) and place the title of each work where you see title.
5 Describe the images
- Under each title, click your cursor in the field labeled Add a description. In the description, simply include date, medium and size information (see examples in the sample images).
- (height x width) for 2-d work
- (height x width x depth) for 3-d work
- (height x width x duration in seconds) for video
- Express size in inches if small, in feet if large
- If digitally created, use pixel dimensions (height x width)
6 Set Visibility
- Under Owner settings, set privacy to Visible to everyone for all images.
7 Create an album
- In the header navigation links, select You and click on Albums from the dropout menu.
- In the Albums window, click on the square labeled Add New Album.
- A new page opens… follow Flickr's prompts for loading images into the set.
- When done, find the yellow field labeled new album, and create a name using this template: PSA Portfolio for Lastname Firstname.
- Click Save at lower left.
- When filling out your Portfolio Submission Form, type or copy/paste the URL for the album (not for the photostream) into the field indicated in the Form.
- You'll know it's an album URL when it has the word "/sets/" in it, like this: www.flickr.com/photos/yourname/sets/01234567890123456/
- A short URL can be generated under the Share>Grab the link drop-down at upper right of the window.
- Please do not contact the Art Program for Flickr help: instead go to www.flickr.com/help/.
Complete the submission process with the form:
PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
Consult with your academic advisor! Portfolios are accepted on a rolling basis, but are usually submitted at the end of the semester in which the student expects to conclude Foundation Studio requirements. This permits enrollment in major courses the following semester.