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Criteria for Entrance Portfolio Review

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BFA Applicants

The Entrance Portfolio Review for applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts consists of a blind review of all images submitted. Each application will be reviewed by a minimum of two members of the Portfolio Review Committee, who will then score the portfolio based on the following criteria:

Conceptual Inventiveness: Creativity and effort to communicate
Design and Composition: Emphasis, focal point, eye movement, economy, balance, and demonstrated problem-solving ability
Representation of Form: Accurate description of subject matter based on perceptive reality and visual observation
Craftsmanship: Basic fine motor skill and attention to detail.

The scores assigned to each criterion will range from 4, or Excellent (equivalent to an A) to 0, or None (equivalent to an E). An average of these four scores is then taken, and when there is significant disagreement between the first two reviewers, a third review is conducted. Acceptance decisions are based upon these scores.

Art Education Applicants

The entire art education faculty will review all images submitted by applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Art Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching Art in a blind review process. The criteria and scoring for this review of images is the same as for applicants to the BFA as described above. In addition, art education candidates will be evaluated on the following:

Written Communication: How well you communicate your thoughts and ideas in writing using correct style and grammar
Academic Record: Your overall academic performance (grades in high school and, where applicable, college and test scores).
Content: How well the content of the application (written statements, artwork, interview, and academic record) demonstrates your commitment to your work as an artist
Pedagogy, Strategies, and Philosophies: How well the content of the application (written statements, artwork, interview, and academic record) demonstrates your commitment to being an educator.

As with the BFA, the scores assigned to each criterion will range from 4, or Excellent (equivalent to an A) to 0, or None (equivalent to an E). An average is then taken, and acceptance decisions are based upon these scores.

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