Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Portfolio Requirements

1025 research in the artlab

Portfolio Submissions

Please note:

All portfolios are to be submitted online via SlideRoom by February 15, 2016. Do not send materials to the department.

The Portfolio deadline is February 15, 2016.  Portfolio reviews will begin in January and applicants who meet Western’s admission criteria and have submitted a successful portfolio at that time will receive early offers of admission.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Optional Portfolio Interview

We welcome the opportunity to meet applicants in person and discuss their work. Applicants have the option to present their physical artworks in person at a portfolio interview on February 28, 2016. Should a student wish to present their portfolio to a faculty member prior to February 28, please contact Marlene Jones at Not conducting an in-person interview does not affect a student's eligibility.

Preparing for the Portfolio Interview

Portfolio Evaluation Criteria

The focus of the Visual Arts studio program is on creative and critical approaches to contemporary visual artists’ practices. The Portfolio Evaluation Committee will be looking for work that demonstrates creative curiosity, ambition and an ability to convey ideas or address issues in an imaginative and personally engaging manner. Aptitude, proficiency and experimental ambitions will be weighted equally. The work adjudicated for potential acceptance will be chosen on the basis of the applicant’s ability to convey ideas, interests, and material abilities.