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 program for students applying to the following programs:

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


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

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

We must receive your complete submission by Friday, February 6th, 2015 in order to consider your application for studies beginning September 2015.

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

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. 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 or on a USB stick. You may include this letter on the same CD-R/DVD-R or USB stick as your digital portfolio. Please be sure to clearly label it as your letter of intent.

Digital Portfolio
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 must be submitted on a CD-R/DVD-R or USB stick. Please DO NOT send original artworks to us. 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.

The deadline for submitting your letter of intent and digital portfolio is February 6, 2015 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. Portfolios sent without sufficient return postage will not be returned to the applicant.

Please send the portfolio and letter of intent 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 the portfolio process. Questions should be directed to the Chair of Visual Arts, Professor Duncan MacDonald

Duncan MacDonald

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

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