Submitting your art school portfolio can be an intimidating process. At the New Hampshire Institute of Art, we believe in supporting you every step of the way, helping you present your talent and skill in the best possible light.
Reviewing your portfolio of written or visual artwork gives us important insight into your creative processes, your methods, and your capacity to grow and thrive as an artist. In addition to your portfolio, we’ll also consider your interests and your history as a maker and writer. Students typically submit only one type of portfolio, although having both is certainly welcomed!
Below, you’ll find our portfolio requirements for admission into our BFA creative writing or visual arts programs.
Creative Writing Sample
10-20 pages of original writing that might include, but is not limited to: poetry, fiction, essays, experimental prose, graphic novels, etc. You are encouraged to submit writing samples that demonstrate the range of your skills. Your portfolio should be an indication of your creative capacities and strengths. Regardless of genre, each piece in your writing sample should be grammatically sound and demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.
Visual Arts Portfolio
15–20 examples of what you believe are your strongest pieces. Portfolio artwork may include a variety of 2D and 3D works such as photography, painting, illustration, ceramics, sculpture, digital imaging, printmaking, and metalsmithing.
Typical portfolios include several direct observational work (i.e. work drawn or painted from life, not a photograph; examples include self-portraits, figure drawings, still lifes, landscapes, etc.). These drawings from life show us how you problem solve visually as well as how prepared you will be coming into NHIA's Foundations program.
How to Submit
- Undergraduate students are asked to submit a digital portfolio via Slideroom. We require that all applicants submit a digital reference portfolio to facilitate consideration for both portfolio scholarships and transfer credits, as well as allow us to share your work with NHIA faculty.
- In addition to their Slideroom portfolio, students are encouraged to present their work in person during a campus visit, Open House, or other information session. Other options for in-person reviews include: National Portfolio Days, high school visits, and college fairs.
Please contact the Admission Office or your counselor if you have any questions about the application process or the portfolio review process.
To find out more about the upcoming Admission Office schedule, including Open Houses, Friday Information Sessions or to set up a private tour or portfolio review, schedule a visit.