Information on the portfolio requirements for Lesley's MFA in Visual Arts Program.
For the portfolio you should submit 20 images of your strongest recent work completed within the last five years. Think of this as an exhibition. We are interested in seeing a cohesive body of work that indicates clear authorship and intent. Your images should demonstrate that you are actively engaged with your work and that you have good work habits. If you do not have recent work, then we suggest sending a variety of work with a clear explanation as to why you are including particular works.
Additionally, you can submit supplementary materials in slide/book/CD form. If you decide to include supplemental work, clearly identify the first group of 20 works and the supplemental work so that we know which you want us to consider first.
Portfolios should be submitted electronically through Slide Room. The link to upload images is lesley.slideroom.com.
We strongly suggest that your portfolio submission be made through Slide Room. However, you can also mail in a Mac Compatible CD/DVD with images to:
Office of Graduate and Adult Bachelor’s AdmissionsAdmissions Services29 Everett StreetCambridge, MA 02138
For Hard Copy Submissions, use JPEGS only, no larger than 100dpi. Along with the slides/CD you should include a numbered, annotated list of the images you are submitting including medium, size, and date. If you are submitting images on a CD you must also include a print out of the images to accompany the CD. Be sure to test your CD before you send it. Please label each of your slides with your name and indicate the medium you are working in as well as the proper viewing angle. Please do this directly on your slides and on your slide sheet list. Do not send original slides. CDs should also be labeled with your name. For film/video/new media please submit a DVD (MAC only) no longer than 30 minutes, cued to a 5 minute section that you want us to view.
Enclose a SASE along with your application if you want your slides/CD/DVD returned. We retain the application portfolios of those students who are accepted and attend the program.
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