The majority of KCAD programs require a portfolio review (except those entering Art History with an Academic Focus).
The portfolio is your opportunity to show us your strengths and interests. Your work reflects your ability to express yourself, articulate your ideas, and demonstrate your intellectual curiosity and creativity. We understand that students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and we want to meet you where you are. We will consider your portfolio in the context of your prior experiences.
Your portfolio should include 8-10 pieces of your best, most recent work that reflect your interests and creative potential. This collection of work could include 2D or 3D artwork, such as drawings, paintings, design, photography, sketches, animation, typography, videos, collages, ceramics, sculpture, sewn garments or other forms of creativity.
Our definition of creative output is broad. Perhaps your strength is in the following areas; robotics, broadcast journalism, performance, yearbook, creative writing, etc.— we’ll consider any form of creative expression that showcases your execution and thought.
We want to better understand your work, so when we review your portfolio tell us where your ideas come from, how you’ve developed your skills, and what interests you are exploring.
If you have questions or concerns about putting together a portfolio of work, contact a KCAD Admissions Counselor, we’re here to help!
Private portfolio reviews
We always prefer face-to-face portfolio reviews, but we understand that it is not always possible. If you can't present your portfolio in person, submit an electronic portfolio through Slideroom. Please note that there is a $10.00 USD fee charged to submit using SlideRoom. Simply select the Undergraduate Portfolio Review for the correct term of admission you are seeking. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 676-2787 and ask for Admissions.
Other review opportunities
We review portfolios during visits to area high schools (ask your art teacher), as well as at National Portfolio Days at colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about National Portfolio Day events and find one near you.