Art and Graphic Arts Portfolio Requirements

The University of New Haven’s Art & Design programs are among only 250 institutions that are accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art & Design. We offer robust classes and innovative facilities while also providing you with a traditional arts foundation.

Art & Design Programs

B.A. Art (Portfolio Encouraged)

B.F.A. Graphic Design (Portfolio Required)

B.F.A. Illustration (Portfolio Required)

B.F.A. Interior Design (Portfolio Encouraged)

Portfolio Scholarships

All students who submit portfolios and apply to one of the University of New Haven’s Art & Design programs above, even if a portfolio is not required for admission to the academic program, may be eligible for a portfolio scholarship ranging from $1,000 - $4,000. This scholarship is awarded to eligible students in addition to any other merit-based award they have already received or will receive in the future provided they remain enrolled as a full-time student and remain in good academic standing.

Portfolio Requirements

Submitted portfolios should strive to demonstrate your interests, talents, and variety in your work. Focus on including the strongest examples of your work. A minimum of five (5) and a maximum of fifteen (15) pieces should be submitted for review. This portfolio will be reviewed in conjunction with your application for admission to the University of New Haven.

How to Submit Your Portfolio

When You Submit Your Common Application

  • In the Common Application, applicants will use the online file management system, SlideRoom, to submit a portfolio for review. From SlideRoom, you can upload images, digital and multimedia files, embedded media, and more – all in one place.
  • By submitting your portfolio this way, SlideRoom is accessed from within the Common Application and submitted together with your admission application. used to apply to the University of New Haven.

Students may also submit a portfolio at newhaven.slideroom.com

Application Process and Deadlines

Click here for more information on the University of New Haven application process.

  • Early Decision application submission deadline — December 1
  • Early Action application submission deadline – December 15
  • Early Action II application submission deadline – February 15
  • Regular Decision application submission deadline – March 1
  • Portfolio Submission Deadline – March 1
Written Statement Option

As an alternative to submitting a portfolio for the programs that require a portfolio for admission (Graphic Design and Illustration), students may submit a brief written statement about their interest in Art and Design. This written statement should highlight personal career goals and your passion in the field of Art and Design. Please keep in mind that students who submit a written statement instead of a portfolio may not be eligible for a portfolio scholarship.

Common Application Website

University of New Haven’s SlideRoom Portal