Portfolios

Portfolio Submission:

At Jefferson, our faculty have a long tradition of developing the design perspective of each of our students. Therefore, a portfolio is not required for first-year applicants, or most transfer applicants. Jefferson’s history is one where great success is achieved by advancing the design capabilities of each of our students through teaching, mentoring and recognizing our students as designers on day one. Our students are then able to hone their craft while immersing themselves in the expanded knowledge of their discipline.

First-Year Applicants

First year applicants are those who are applying for admission while completing high school, or who have recently completed high school. Students who have completed college credits during their senior year of high school or who are eligible for college credits as a result of AP exams or dual enrollment coursework are considered first-year students, not transfer students.

Portfolio Optional for First-Year Applicants:

Submission of a portfolio with the application for admission is optional for first-year applicants. Doing so will provide you the opportunity of having your work reviewed by Jefferson’s expert faculty. The portfolio will provide insights into your unique design lens. A portfolio will provide a more holistic presentation of your application credentials.

Portfolio Submission Instructions:

Your portfolio may be submitted via SlideRoom. PDF and media submissions are acceptable formats. To submit your portfolio, click the button below to visit Jefferson Slideroom:

Jefferson Slideroom


Portfolio Guidelines:

First-year applicants who opt to submit a portfolio must demonstrate through these abilities:

  • to conceive, iterate and improve design concepts;
  • to use sketching and computer-based tools to communicate and document these ideas;
  • to make well-crafted objects in three dimensions.

These abilities can be gained through academic study or through personal experience.

We would like to see:

  • Drawings – especially drawings from observation
  • Examples of computer-aided design work - 3D CAD, Photoshop, visualization and presentation software
  • Form Explorations – sculpture, making, mechanics, etc.
  • Problem solving – this could take many forms, these are usually project examples

These examples can be part of school projects and/or independent work.

Below, please find the program-specific skills your portfolio should address:

  • Architecture: drawing and sketching skills, 3-dimensional thinking skills (eg. sculpture, model making, computational skills)
  • Animation: drawing, visualization, computer-based skills
  • Fashion Design: sewing skills, drawing skills
  • Graphic Design: drawing, visualization, computer-based skills
  • Industrial Design: making skills
  • Interior Design: drawing and sketching skills, 3-dimensional thinking skills (eg. sculpture, model making, computational skills)
  • Landscape Design: drawing and sketching skills, 3-dimensional thinking skills (eg. sculpture, model making, computational skills)
  • Textile Design: drawing and making skills
  • Web Design and Development: imaging skills (e.g. photography, videography, graphic layout), visualization, computer-based skills

 

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are defined as applicants who have completed college credits after graduating from high school.

Portfolio Optional/Portfolio Required for Transfer Applicants:

With the exception of Jefferson’s Fashion Design, B.S. and the Architecture (5Year), B.Arch., submission of a portfolio with the application for admission is optional for transfer applicants. Doing so will provide you the opportunity of having your work reviewed by Jefferson’s expert faculty. The portfolio will provide insights into your unique design lens. A portfolio will provide a more holistic presentation of your application credentials. Transfer applicants to Jefferson’s Fashion Design, B.S., the Architecture (5Year), B.Arch. and the Landscape Architecture, B.L.A. are required to submit a portfolio. Other applicants who are seeking to have design coursework credits transferred into their academic program are required to submit a portfolio after being notified of admission, in order to determine the transfer of credits.

 

Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design – Portfolio Required

Transfer students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Fashion Design program must submit their application, all the required materials and a portfolio

Portfolio Guidelines for Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design:

A portfolio containing a minimum of 12 images of your art/design work via SlideRoom in pdf or jpeg format. This body of work can include 2D and 3D designs, drawings (life or fashion), and/or garments. To expedite an admissions decision, we recommend you upload your portfolio to SlideRoom upon submission your application.

Bachelor of Architecture (5-year) & Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (4-year) – Portfolio Required in some instances

Transfer students seeking admission to the 5-year Bachelor of Architecture and the 4-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture programs must submit a portfolio with their application if they have completed design or studio coursework other than drawing. If no previous design or studio courses are completed other than drawing, students are not required to submit a portfolio with their application.

Portfolio Guidelines

In addition to the required application materials, please submit a minimum of 12 images of your work via SlideRoom in pdf or jpeg format. The body of work should be representative of your completed design or studio courses. To expedite an admissions decision, we recommend you upload your portfolio to SlideRoom upon submission your application.

What is a portfolio? In general the portfolio is a collection of your previous work that relates to the skills necessary to succeed in the Jefferson Architecture Program. Part of our criteria for admission is a clear demonstration of knowledge and skills related to the first two years of the Architecture Program curriculum. Specifically your portfolio is intended to showcase your previous college work that has satisfied academic requirements necessary to receive credit for specific first and second year architecture classes at Jefferson. Additionally work outside of the college setting may be part of your portfolio. Your portfolio needs not include everything that you completed in a class; therefore some editing is suggested. Most projects (assignments) can be illustrated on one page. Portfolios should have an overall organizing layout. It's best to get another opinion to help you develop a well-ordered and concise presentation. Students may also find it helpful, before submission, to ask a mentor or community college instructor for guidance.

Portfolio Submission Requirements:

Specific requirements for your portfolio are outlined below. It is important that you follow the instructions. The portfolio is limited to no more than 20 single sided pages of images (this does not include covers, transcripts, table of contents, and letters of recommendation) and the order of work shall be as listed below. (Note: Three-dimensional objects sent in addition to the portfolio are not permitted.)

Portfolio – Order & Arrangement of Work:

Order your portfolio based on the instructions below, and arrange your work in the order classes were taken. Each work shall clearly indicate the class number, and the name of the class as listed on the unofficial transcript (ex. ARCH-101 Design 1). If a class is currently in progress you may include work in progress.

  1. Cover: Provide a cover page or introductory page. This page shall include your full name and the name of any colleges you have attended.
  2. Contents Page: Provide a Table of Contents in the order of exhibits. The table of contents should indicate the class # of each course and the college where it was taken.
  3. Class Work to Be Included in Your Portfolio:It is not necessary for your portfolio to include every Architecture project that you have completed. It is most important that you include information from courses that are required with the first two years of our curriculum.
  4. Unofficial Transcripts: Include transcript(s) of all of your college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Transcript(s) will not normally include grades for Spring semester but could include a list of classes currently in progress. Transcripts shall be in the back of the portfolio.

Additional Work: Your portfolio may include other examples of work (within the 20 page limit) that you have personally completed in related courses (example, Art), while working in a professional office, or on your own. These might include drawings, photographs, sculpture, handcrafted items, etc.).

Showcase your talents: When submitting a portfolio, you must follow the directions. You should showcase your talents while highlighting any unique skills (such as computer knowledge, freehand drawing, craftsmanship, etc.) that you may have.