Department of Art & Art History

Bachelor of Fine Arts Portfolio Review


The BFA Application for Art Studio will be in an all digital format in the fall 2020 semester.

Please read these procedures carefully. Discuss your intention to apply with your professors in advance and listen to their advice. Set up an advising appointment to ensure that you have the prerequisites. They may advise you to proceed or to wait another semester or two. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but it’s important that your professors and potential BFA mentors know of your plans. Students may apply a maximum of two times for entry into the BFA program

Please review the following information carefully:

  • Applications for the BFA program are entirely online.
  • You can fill out the BFA application forms digitally by opening them in Adobe Acrobat and inputting text or adding your own text fields through the “edit” option. You may type your name in any location that asks for a signature. (
  • Applications will be submitted via email. (TIP: Submit your application at least 24 hours before the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.)


The BFA Application includes the following: 

  1. BFA Application Form (PDF)
  2. BFA Advising Form (PDF)
  3. Unofficial Transcripts from CSUC and other universities/junior colleges attended
  4. One-page personal statement about your artistic/professional goals and creative work
  5. Digital Portfolio:
    • Create a digital portfolio of 10-15 artworks (or 5 if you are applying for a second time). Follow these instructions:
      • Create a PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google slides document. Use a plain white background for your presentation.
      • Add one image of artwork per slide. Include title, medium, date, dimensions, and any other relevant information about the work on each slide. You may include a short description of the work on the slide if necessary.
      • Save your presentation as a PDF and submit digitally with other materials.


  • Set up your work in the best possible natural lighting before taking a photo. Be mindful of what is in the frame, and crop and edit your photos as necessary. For more help, check out these tutorials for photographing 2D Art and 3D Art.
  1. (optional) Other support materials, such as a resume
  2. Recommendation Forms:
  • Ask two faculty members if they are willing to recommend you for the BFA program. One faculty should be from the studio area that you are applying in and be willing to be your mentor upon acceptance into the program.
  • You must complete the top portion of the recommendation form. Email the form to the faculty recommenders at least two to three weeks before the application deadline. The faculty will fill out the form and email it to
  • Suggestion: follow up on your request a few days before the deadline by confirming that the faculty member has indeed submitted the form.

How to Label Files for your application:

  1. Application Form: File Name: LastName_FirstName_ApplicationForm.pdf
  2. BFA Advising Form: File Name: LastName_FirstName_AdvisingForm.pdf
  3. Unofficial Transcripts: File Names: LastName_FirstName_Transcript_NameOfCollege.pdf
  4. Personal Statement: File Names: LastName_FirstName_Statement.pdf
  5. Digital Portfolio: File Name: LastName_FirstName_Portfolio.pdf


  • Email application materials #1-5 listed above as separate documents to both and before Wednesday, April 7th at 5:00pm.
  • The subject heading of your email must read: “BFA APPLICATION SUBMISSION.”
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

Notification of Results:

The results of the Portfolio Review will be emailed to you within 7 days of the review. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Ruth, BFA Coordinator, or schedule Zoom student hours/office hour at: