Portfolio Requirements

Faculty of Humanities

Portfolio Requirements

If you are applying to the Visual Arts Program, you will be accepted based on your marks. A digital portfolio assessment is required and you can download the submission requirements HERE

Portfolios are a required part of the admissions process for students applying to the following programs:

-Studio Art (4 Year Honours Degree)
-Concurrent Education Intermediate/Senior (Visual Arts major)

Students applying to the History of Art & Visual Culture program are not required to submit a portfolio.

Your portfolio submission must contain three elements:
1) a letter of intent (~300 words)
2) a digital portfolio of 15-20 of your artworks
3) your email address

We must receive your complete submission by Friday, February 8th, 2016 in order to consider your application for studies beginning September 2016.

All portfolio submissions must be digital. Please DO NOT send original artworks to us.

1. Letter of Intent
We would like to find out more about you, what motivates, challenges and inspires you in your creative process. Your letter of intent should describe your reasons for wanting to study visual arts, where you are coming from, and what you have studied in the past. Please consider how your answers may enhance or contribute to our understanding of your portfolio work as we view it. Your letter of intent should not exceed 300 words. Artist statements are also welcome but not mandatory.

Please submit your letter of intent as a Word document (.doc) and include it on a CD-R/DVD-R, on a USB stick or on an artist blog/website. You may include this letter on the same CD-R/DVD-R, USB stick or artist blog/website as your digital portfolio. Please be sure to clearly label it as your letter of intent.

2. Digital Portfolio
We recognize that submitting documentation of your artwork might make you apprehensive. However, we would like to let you know that we will be reviewing your artworks in a sensitive fashion, and provide you with constructive feedback to help you understand where we see strengths, and point you to artists we feel you need to research. It is recommended you send what you feel to be your strongest work.

Work submitted may demonstrate a range of media explored. The portfolio should be between 15-20 artworks (do not submit more than 20 pieces).

Digital files accepted: jpg, psd, tif, video (mov, wmv, flv, mp4), music (mp3) and PDF documents. For good image quality and efficient reviewing, your image files should be sized around 1024 x 768px @72 dpi, 2MB or less. Please keep video files under 120MB each and 2-3 minute clips for audio/video.

Label each file as follows:
01 LastName, Title, Year
02 LastName, Title, Year

Please include an image list that corresponds with the digital portfolio as a Word document (.doc). The image list should include:

01 LastFirstName, Title, Media, Dimensions, Date Completed 

Your portfolio is to be submitted in one of the three following formats:

a. On a CD-R/DVD-R; please title your CD-R/DVD-R and provide a labeled case with your full name (as submitted on your application) OUAC reference number (if applicable), and date of birth.
b. Saved on a USB stick; your full name (as submitted on your application) OUAC reference number (if applicable), and date of birth are saved on the USB stick as well.
c. Or on an artist blog/website; the URL, your full name, OUAC reference number and date of birth are written in the email.

Please DO NOT send original artworks to us.

The deadline for submitting your letter of intent and digital portfolio is February 8, 2016 for admission the following September. The portfolio and letter of intent must be sent together in a strong, reusable package and must be accompanied by sufficient return postage if you are sending physical media. Portfolios sent without sufficient return postage will not be returned to the applicant.

3. Your Contact Information – email

Once you have completed your application, please email the Chair of Visual Arts Duncan MacDonald: dmacdonald@brocku.ca to inform him that it has been sent.

If you are mailing your portfolio and letter of intent, send it to:

Portfolio Review Committee
Department of Visual Arts
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about putting together your portfolio. Questions should be directed to the Chair of Visual Arts, Professor Duncan MacDonald (dmacdonald@brocku.ca) or Professor Shawn Serfas (sserfas@brocku.ca).

Questions related to the admissions process, including minimum academic requirements for entry, contact Michelle Lea, Admissions Director (mlea@brocku.ca).


Departmental Events

Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition (VISA 4F06)
March 26, 2016 - 12:00pm - April 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Artist Talk: Susan Dobson
March 14, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm