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

Note: Observational drawings are no longer required in Stamps portfolios.

What kind of work should my portfolio include?

Your portfolio should include 12 – 15 pieces of your best and most recent work. When thinking about your portfolio, keep these goals 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.

Note on work created with artificial intelligence

At this time, work generated using artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be included in your application portfolio. The Stamps admissions team will review your original work in order to best assess your ability to thrive within the Stamps curriculum. If you have questions about the use of AI in your work, please contact the admissions team.

National Portfolio Days

Explore the nation’s best col­leges of art and design and meet with Stamps Undergraduate Admissions rep­re­sen­ta­tives, who can pro­vide informal port­fo­lio reviews, dis­cuss our unique cur­ricu­lum, and answer ques­tions about pro­fes­sional careers in art. Show­ing your work early can help you acquire impor­tant infor­ma­tion about orga­niz­ing and pre­sent­ing your port­fo­lio for future admis­sion con­sid­er­a­tion. High school stu­dents, par­ents, teach­ers, guid­ance coun­selors, and col­lege trans­fer stu­dents are encour­aged to attend. All National Portfolio Day events are free and open to the public.

We're currently planning additional events: please check back soon for an updated schedule.

Submitting Your Portfolio

Early Action deadline : November 1
Regular deadline : February 1

Portfolios are submitted through SlideRoom. You will receive a link to SlideRoom through your Common Application; if you have trouble accessing this link, email stamps-​admissions@​umich.​edu.

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.

If you believe you will need additional time to complete your portfolio, please email stamps-​admissions@​umich.​edu.

For technical assistance with SlideRoom, visit sup​port​.slid​e​room​.com.