Admissions & Art Portfolio

All students seeking admission to Castleton are required to submit their application for admission and all supporting materials as required by the Office of Admissions

Prospective art students are encouraged to submit a portfolio. Think of your portfolio as a creative platform for you to present your previous accomplishments and introduce yourself to the members of the Art faculty. Submitting is optional, not required, yet faculty enjoy this opportunity to connect with students. Your portfolio provides an opportunity to share your best creative work, so faculty can nurture and guide your talents and skills towards the best possible outcome.

Art Program Portfolio submission requirements

  • All portfolio requirements should be submitted electronically via email to our Admissions Office at with the subject line ‘Art Portfolio’ followed by your first and last name (ex. Art Portfolio, John Doe).
  • Your portfolio must include 8 to 15 images that display your skills and your ability to express yourself visually. Images should be in .jpg format and labeled by first initial.last name and in numbered order (ex. J.Doe1, J.Doe2, J.Doe3, etc.).
  • Please accompany your .jpg images with a Word document (.doc) that includes a brief statement about your interest in the visual arts followed by descriptive information for each .jpg image submitted. Information for each image should include title, date, material/medium and size/dimensions. Information should be clearly listed by first initial.last name and number to be matched with your .jpeg images (ex. J.Doe1: title, date, material and size, J.Doe2: title, date, material and size, J.Doe3: title, date, material, and size, etc.).
  • Your portfolio requirements should be submitted (per instructions #1-3) when or soon after you submit your admissions application materials. As soon as your admissions application and all supporting materials have been received and reviewed by Castleton Admissions, the Admissions Office will forward your portfolio images and description document to the Art Department faculty for review. Art Department faculty may choose to contact you at that time. Upon completion of your portfolio review, the Admissions Office will notify you in writing of a decision regarding your Admission to Castleton and to the Art Department.