Information for Art Applicants

If you are applying to any of the following programs, there is a portfolio requirement that is in addition to the other admissions requirements:

Note: there is not a portfolio requirement for the Art History major.

Nazareth College requires all Transfer and Freshmen applicants to complete an Art Degree Supplement on SlideRoom.  There is no fee to do this.  If a student plans to attend a Portfolio Review in person they do not have to upload digital files of their work.  If they are unable to visit campus prior to a decision being made students should submit 6-9 pieces using the SlideRoom service.

Nazareth offers additional scholarships based on the quality of students’ portfolio submissions. 

The portfolio review process is managed by the faculty and staff of the Nazareth College Art Department in partnership with the admissions office. Once a portfolio has been reviewed, the score is provided to the admissions office and used to make a final admissions decision.

Portfolio Requirements

A strong portfolio includes a significant number of pieces based on observation from life. Do NOT include pieces that are copied from published photographs, advertisements, logos, copyrighted characters, etc.

The portfolio is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Understanding of the elements of art and principles of design (dynamic, balanced composition).
  • Idea development (content is inventive; the piece communicates an idea).
  • Craftsmanship (evidence of skill; technique enhances the meaning of the art).
  • Presentation of the portfolio (professional, clean, well-organized); electronic and slide portfolios must have documentation of images, and the images must clearly and accurately represent the work.

The pieces chosen for your portfolio should include:

  • Your strongest work.
  • At least three different media.
  • Renderings from life (examples: still life, self-portrait, figure drawing, landscape).

Submitting your Portfolio

At a Portfolio Review Day

You may submit your portfolio for review during a scheduled Portfolio Review Day. Please register here for one.  If you are unable to attend a Portfolio Review Day but wish to submit a portfolio in person, please schedule an appointment by emailing Mitch Messina at, or by calling 585-389-2530.

Digital Submission

Digital portfolios can be submitted using Slideroom and completing the Art Supplement.  There is no fee to complete the Slideroom program.

Portfolio Recommendations

Basic drawing from life
Three-dimensional works
Thematic projects