About Oregon College of Art & CraftEdit


  • Book Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Fibers
  • Metal
  • Photography
  • Wood


Oregon College of Art & Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Undergraduate Portfolio RequirementsEdit

  • Submit a slide or digital portfolio of 12 to 20 works (no less).
  • Portfolio Requirements for BFA, and the 3-year Certificate in Crafts Program Applicants: Four drawings created from direct observation must be included as part of the 12-20 works. Still life, portrait, figure drawings, landscape and perspective drawings are all recommended. Drawings made from photographs or from imagination DO NOT meet this requirement.


  • Portfolio Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Applicants Post-baccalaureate program applicant portfolios must show the ability to enter their chosen concentration above an entry level.
  • Post-baccalaureate students should be proficient with techniques taught in the 100 level studio courses of their chosen area of concentration and their portfolios should demonstrate this.
  • Post-baccalaureate applicant portfolios do not need to include observational drawings and may not be submitted in-person at a National Portfolio Day.

Portfolio RequirementsEdit

  • Portfolios may be submitted in digital or slide formats.

Slide portfolio requirementsEdit

  • If sending slides they must be arranged numerically and face up in a standard clear 20-sleeve slide page
  • Put applicant's name on each slide
  • Indicate which direction is up by placing a small arrow toward the top of each slide.

Digital portfolio requirementsEdit

  • Maximum file size per image of 1.5 megabytes
  • JPEG file format
  • Label CD with applicant's name

Sending duplicate copies of portfolio images, not the original slides/CD, is recommended. While every precaution is made to protect portfolios, the College cannot be responsible for loss or damage.

Portfolio FAQEdit

Why is a portfolio required?Edit

  • Producing a portfolio is indicative of an applicant's seriousness and commitment to study art.
  • Artists are asked to show slides of their work by galleries, granting agencies, graduate schools and employers throughout their career.
  • To this end, applicants are required to submit a portfolio to visually demonstrate their level of artistic training and artistic accomplishments to date.

What should be included in portfolios?Edit

  • Portfolios should consist of work that best represents an applicant's current artistic abilities and interests.
  • Work from the variety of media and disciplines each applicant has pursued is encouraged.
  • Quality is more important than quantity.
  • Choose work that best demonstrates ideas, originality and creativity.
  • Excellent image quality is of utmost importance. For applicants without photography experience, consulting a photography store is recommended.
  • Strong portfolios typically include drawings from observation, not from photographs or exclusively from the imagination.
  • Self-portraits in any media are excellent pieces for portfolios.
  • Please limit the number of gesture drawings, technical or mechanical drawings and cartoons.
  • Two-dimensional work typically should show consideration of the full canvas or piece of paper.

What should transfer students include in their portfolio?Edit

  • It is important for transfer students to submit examples of their most advanced level work. *Course level placement at the College is determined in part by portfolios.

Why are four drawings from observation required for admission to the BFA, Certificate, and Artisanry Studies programs?Edit

  • The BFA, Certificate, and Artisanry Studies Certificate programs all require a full year of drawing classes during the first year at the College.
  • Applicants whose portfolio demonstrates experience in drawing have the best potential for success at the College.

What should I do if I don't have four drawings from direct observation for my portfolio?Edit

  • Applicants in the Portland area can consider taking a drawing class in the College's Studio School.
  • The Studio School also offers a life drawing class on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
  • For more information, class schedules can be downloaded from our website or by calling 503-297-5544.
  • Taking an introductory drawing class at a community college or arts organization is another way to meet the portfolio drawing requirement.
  • In addition, Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides is a good introductory drawing book that offers several drawing exercises.

Undergraduate ProgramsEdit

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