Portfolio Reviews

Admission to PAFA is contingent on submission of your creative work through a portfolio. In addition to determining admission, portfolios allow us to determine a student's eligibility for scholarships.

PAFA Admissions Counselors welcome the opportunity to guide prospective students through the preparation process with informal portfolio reviews. In a portfolio review, students can expect:

  • Guidance on how to prepare work to meet PAFA's Portfolio Guidelines
  • Information on submitting portfolios through the SlideRoom platform
  • Advice and feedback on work presented
  • An opportunity to provide reviewer(s) with more information about you and your work
  • Time to ask any questions you may have about the school

Please note that PAFA does not require prospective students to attend a Portfolio Review or meet with anyone from the Admissions Office as part of the application process. PAFA does not make admissions decisions at Portfolio Reviews. Additionally, meeting PAFA for a Portfolio Review or related events does not eliminate the need to submit your portfolio as part of our application requirements.

It is up to each applicant to choose work that best exemplifies their talent and ambition. We offer the following documents as a step-by-step guide to preparing a portfolio for application:

Undergraduate Portfolio Guidelines

Graduate Portfolio Guidelines


Undergraduate applicants must submit 12-15 images of their best recent work, and submit their portfolio through SlideRoom. Graduate applicants must submit 20 images of their best recent work. Selectivity and proper presentation is crucial when preparing a portfolio.

For good image quality and fast upload, we recommend all portfolio images are saved in JPEG format (.jpg).

When uploading your work, please include the following information for each piece of work—SlideRoom will prompt you to fill this information out as you go along:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size
  • Year

On-Campus Portfolio Reviews

Informal on-campus portfolio reviews are available by appointment only to prospective students of all programs. To schedule an on-campus portfolio review, contact your Admissions Counselor or the Admissions Office by telephone or email.

National Portfolio Days

PAFA attends various National Portfolio Days (NPDs) across the US during the fall and winter of every year. All NPDs are free and open to the public, for any student seeking information on undergraduate degree programs. At these events, prospective students can meet with their PAFA Admissions Counselor or Admissions Representative to discuss the admissions process, get feedback on their portfolio, and learn about PAFA’s programs and scholarship opportunities.

Virtual Portfolio Reviews

For those who cannot make it to PAFA's campus but are interested in obtaining a Portfolio Review, we offer virtual reviews by appointment only over the telephone, email, or video teleconferencing. To
schedule a virtual portfolio review
, contact your Admissions Counselor or the Admissions Office by telephone or email.

Graduate Portfolio Days

For students seeking more information on graduate programs, PAFA also attends Graduate Portfolio Days .

NOTE: Portfolio reviews cannot be accommodated at college fairs.

Schedule A Campus Visit

Please use the following form to request an individual campus tour or portfolio visit, or if you are interested in bringing a group to learn more about our programs.

Please schedule a tour request with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice to guarantee availability.

Upcoming Events

Join PAFA at an upcoming open house, portfolio event and more to learn about our programs.

Undergraduate October Open House 10/20/2019 - 12:00pm
Graduate Programs Fall Open House 11/10/2019 - 12:00pm
Undergraduate November Open House 11/16/2019 - 12:00pm