In the visual arts, a portfolio is a concise record of your creative output, demonstrating your strengths, interests, processes, technical skills, and artistic history. Your portfolio will illustrate to the Review Committee your seriousness in applying to the Visual Arts Program. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your willingness to challenge yourself through a wide range of subject matter, materials, and modes of expression. Do not submit copies of other artists’ work, or drawings/paintings/prints etc. copied from photographs. Applicants may include samples of work created in school, college or adult education classes, but these should not outnumber work carried out independently.
Be aware that plagiarism is a serious offence and any evidence of such will immediately disqualify the applicant. Incomplete portfolios will be disqualified from the admissions process.
In addition to the academic admission requirements, applicants are required to submit a portfolio. All submissions must be in a digital format; do not submit artwork in its original form. Please read submission guidelines below for more information.
What to Include
Please submit all portfolio documentation on the same CD, DVD or USB stick.
» 10 digital images documenting artworks you have completed in the past two years. You should provide examples of work that best demonstrate your skills and abilities in more than one media.
» 2 completed assignments from the Portfolio Assignment List below. Portfolio Assignment List
» Create a self-portrait in any two or three-dimensional medium (drawing, painting, collage, clay, digital photography, beading, fibre, etc.)
» Draw a series of graphic panels (no less than five frames) that tells a personal or family story.
» Create an illustration (in any medium) for a useless machine of your own creation. Include a written description of how the machine would work and your reason for designing it.
» Draw your feet as realistically as you can in the medium of your choice. » Create a sequence of eight photographs (digital or analog) that documents one day in the life of a friend or relative’s life.
Alternatively, you may choose yourself as the subject for the photographs.
» Make an object in any medium designed to be worn on your body, or to act as an extension of your body. Submit thorough documentation (photographs or video) of it being worn by someone.
» Create a coloured drawing or painting exploring the theme of transformation. Include a separate page with a written story or statement about the transformation.
Portfolio Submission Guidelines
Your portfolio must be submitted by the application deadline with all other completed Yukon School of Visual Arts application materials. Each part of the application (statement of intent, letter of reference, portfolio etc) must be clearly marked with the applicant’s name. All submissions must be presented in digital form: DVD, CD or USB stick. Maximum file size should be no larger than 600×800 dpi, resolution should be no greater than 100ppi or max 1MB in file size.
Other Submission Instructions
» Label your name clearly on all items submitted as part of your portfolio. » Each digital image file must be identified with your name and a number that corresponds to an attached image list. Include the following on
your image list: Image Number and Title, Media, Dimensions, and Date. For example – Image#3: Self-portrait, oil on canvas, 8x10 ft, 2011.
» Video/audio/performance/film or other time-based media should also be submitted on DVD, CD or USB stick and should not exceed 5 minutes each in duration.
» Be sure to test your digital files to ensure they are readable on Mac and PC computers. Submit only images that are of high quality and ones that best demonstrate your finished art works.
For further information or to ask questions about submitting a portfolio, please contact the Yukon School of Visual Arts at 867.993.6390 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like your portfolio to be returned, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your application package. If you do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope, all portfolio materials submitted will be discarded. Arrangements may be made for pick up of portfolio submission. You may indicate your preference for this on this Yukon School of Visual Arts application form.