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The MECA&D admissions team is available to you for questions and portfolio reviews. 800.699.1509 or admissions@meca.edu

MECA&D PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

  • 15–20 pieces of your best work, completed within the past two years
  • 3 of the pieces must be works from direct observation
  • Portfolios should be submitted on SlideRoom (free for BFA applicants)

INFORMAL PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

You have many opportunities to have work reviewed by our Admissions staff or faculty and receive feedback prior to submitting your portfolio for admission. The aim is to touch on your skills and strengths while giving constructive suggestions on where to improve. You will also get experience talking about what you make and why.

Be ready to discuss:

  • The choices you have made in each piece 
  • How long you worked on each piece
  • Your strengths and opportunities for growth as an artist

We encourage seeking feedback often and from multiple sources. Informal portfolio reviews can include in-progress pieces and portfolios — you do not need to meet the final portfolio requirements to begin receiving feedback.

REVIEW OPPORTUNITIES (in-person and virtual)
  • National Portfolio Days
  • College campus visits
  • Classroom visits
  • Regional art events
  • MECA&D’s Pre-College program
  • One-on-one meetings with the Admissions team

TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR PIECES

Do not wait until assembling your portfolio to document your work. Photograph every piece you make as you finish it. 

  • Use natural light
  • Photograph the work flat on a table (use a white backdrop for 3D pieces)
  • Photograph the entire piece; detail shots should complement – not replace – the full piece
  • Photograph 3D work from multiple angles (front and back views at the minimum)
  • Digital images should be in focus and high quality
  • Your image should be cropped to show only your piece without distracting background objects

SUBMITTING YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR ADMISSION

Once your portfolio is complete and meets the requirements, you can submit your work at meca.slideroom.com for admission. SlideRoom allows you to add a description about each piece that can  give our admissions team more context. Please include each item’s title, size, medium, how long you spent making the piece, and a short statement about what the piece means to you.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN MY PORTFOLIO?

We want to see finished pieces that you feel best represent you as an artist. Show us your individuality! Along with the three works from observation, share your best work from the past year. 

WHAT IS WORK FROM OBSERVATION?

 

Work from observation are pieces made directly from life. This could include still lives, landscapes, portraits and self-portraits, architectural studies, and more. Observational works are created from your first-hand interpretation of the world around you. 

You can submit completed observational work of any subject matter and in any medium. The pieces you include should be finished, but not necessarily formal. When you submit your work on SlideRoom, please note your observational pieces in the description.

HOW MANY PIECES SHOULD I HAVE?

Your portfolio should include no more than 20 and no fewer than 15 pieces.

CAN I SUBMIT 3D WORK?

Yes. Take pictures of any 3-dimensional items from as many angles as it takes to adequately show the piece. Include all the images in a single file that can be uploaded to SlideRoom when you are ready to submit.