Submit Your Portfolio

Our portfolio requirement* isn't about proving you belong at KCAD—it's your opportunity to show us where your strengths and interests lie so we help you reach your fullest potential.

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.

If you have questions or concerns about putting together a portfolio of work, contact the KCAD Admissions Team—we’re here to help!

*Applicants to associate degree programs and/or the Art History program's Academic Track are NOT required to submit a portfolio.


Submitting Your Portfolio 

We offer flexible submission options to meet you where you are:

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON REVIEW SESSION

You'll bring your portfolio materials with you to KCAD for a face-to-face conversation with an Admissions counselor prior to receiving an official decision on your acceptance—no need to submit your materials online. 

SUBMIT ONLINE WITH A VIRTUAL REVIEW SESSION

You'll receive feedback from an Admissions counselor in a virtual meeting prior to receiving an official decision on your acceptance.

SUBMIT ONLINE WITHOUT A REVIEW SESSION

You'll receive feedback from an Admissions counselor via email prior to receiving an official decision on your acceptance. 

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.