Undergraduate Admissions


50% of your Stamps admissions decision is based on your portfolio.

In this video, Stamps Recruiting Coordinator Juliana gives inside information on the kinds of work we like to see and tips on how to make your portfolio stand out.

Your portfolio should include:

  • 12-15 pieces of your best and most recent work, including
  • 2 design or direct observational drawings. Learn about how Stamps defines these below.

Design drawing: a drawing of a design you developed for a product, garment, space, pattern design, a graphic novel spread, or an architectural drawing. A design drawing emphasizes visualization over direct observation.

Observational drawing: a drawing of a subject that you have directly observed. An observational drawing could be a collection of objects set up on a table that you observe, a person modeling in front of you, a building you are viewing, or a landscape outside of your window. Keep in mind: An observational drawing would not include drawing something from a photo, from your imagination, or from memory.
Check out the videos below for tips on observational drawing from Stamps senior Maggie McConnell (BFA ‘21).

Keep in mind:

  • Emphasize experimentation, concept, and a range of media
  • Include class assignments and self-directed work
  • Answer the question, “Why did I create this?” for each work's description
  • Your application will be considered complete only after you have submitted your portfolio.
Portfolio Review

We know that each school is different, and it can be challenging to consider what to include when curating your portfolio. The Stamps Admissions Team would be happy to provide some feedback to help you decide which pieces would benefit your portfolio submission. Click the link below to set up an informal informal portfolio review with a Stamps Admissions counselor via email.

Submitting Your Portfolio

Early deadline : November 15
Regular deadline : February 1

Portfolios are submitted through SlideRoom. You will receive a link to SlideRoom through your Common Application.

There is a $10 transaction fee to submit your portfolio. Students who receive a Common Application fee waiver will automatically receive a SlideRoom fee waiver.

For technical assistance with SlideRoom, visit support.slideroom.com.