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The Texas A&M-Commerce Department of Art's upper-level Studio Art courses are reserved for students who have participated in the portfolio entry process. The entry process allows the Studio Art faculty to see students' mastery of their foundations and provide feedback about their progress. The portfolio pieces requested are varied to give each student an opportunity to show their personal strength, whether it be visual, conceptual, writing etc. The goal of the portfolio is for a student to convey potential and passion.

The application process for the portfolio entry review is open to any undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • Completion of 12 hours of their foundation art courses. Students transferring from other institutions may refer to the course equivalencies chart on the art department website for these requirements.
  • Completion of at least 6 hours of sophomore-level courses.
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.5


The Portfolio Entry Review will consist of the following items in the order listed below. All portfolio elements should be contained in a single, multi-page PDF file. The ability to follow and execute instructions is an element of the review.

I. Cover Page-should contain your name, university email, CWID and concentration area:

  • All-Level Teaching
  • Ceramics
  • Experimental Studies
  • Painting
  • Sculpture

II. A current advising or unofficial copy of your university transcript should be scanned and included.

III. Creative Pieces

  1. Visual Narrative – Write a narrative describing one of the three choices provided by the Studio Art faculty. The narrative should be at least 250 words and no more than 300 words. Students answer the narrative by providing a descriptive perspective with the purpose of incorporating visual vocabulary into their writing. The page should be titled with your name, CWID and the name of the artwork selected. Using spell-check is not only encouraged but recommended.
  2. Foundation Examples – Provide documentation of four works produced in your foundation courses. Label the pieces with the medium, dimensions, date created and name of the course.
    • ART 1316 Drawing I or ART 1317 Drawing II
    • ART 1311 Two-Dimensional Design
    • ART 1312 Three-Dimensional Design
    • PHO 2356 Intro to Digital Media or ART 2323 Figure Drawing
  3. Artwork Examples – Provide six artworks produced during the past two years that demonstrate personal vision and craft.
    • Two examples should be selected from a sophomore-level studio (ART 2325 Into to Sculpture, ART 2316 Intro to Painting, ART 2346 Intro to Ceramics, PHO 209 Intro to Video, ART 2313 Visual Communications I). Label the pieces with the medium, dimensions, date created and name of the course. If video examples are included, please include a link to view all videos online.
    • The other four examples are of your own choosing but should be a selection that demonstrates personal vision and craft. Label the pieces with the medium, dimensions and date created.

Submission of Portfolio:

All items listed should be organized in the order shown above and included in a single, multi-page PDF file. If video examples are included, please include a link to view all videos online. This document should be sent to [email protected]

Portfolio Due Date:

1st or 2nd Friday of April. Dates are to be announced at the beginning of each spring semester.

Notification of outcome: All students will be notified of the review outcome via the e-mail address provided on the application. Notification will happen as soon as possible after the review.

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