Portfolio Requirements (BFA, MFA)
BFA and MFA applicants must submit their portfolios online through their application.
Please use the portfolio section of the application to upload your portfolio with digital files. The system allows you to create a corresponding inventory of works, listing for each image the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions, and notes. You may upload still images or video works.
Once your portfolio is uploaded, it can be viewed and rearranged until the final submission is made. No changes can be made following the final submission of your portfolio. Please be advised that CalArts in not able to view your work until the final submission is made and your payment is received. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level and program.
BFA Portfolio Requirements
Submit a portfolio of your current work with a minimum of 20 pieces. Please include examples of the following: graphic design, typography, illustration, motion graphics, web design, photography, and conceptual drawing (examples of conceptual thinking). You may also include drawing, painting, sketchbook pages and collage. Your portfolio should consist of: class assignments, self-initiated projects, and/or professional work. Please select work that shows your proficiency with both digital software and traditional art making materials.
The following project is optional but highly recommended for applicants who lack examples of graphic design in their portfolio.
Optional Graphic Design Project (PDF)
MFA Portfolio Requirements
Submit a portfolio of your current design work with a minimum of 20 pieces. Your artist statement should concisely address your objectives and goals as a designer in the context of current issues in design practice, as well as how these goals serve as a basis for graduate-level study.