Admissions & the Graphic Design 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. Students seeking admission to Graphic Design are encouraged to submit a portfolio for faculty review.

Graphic Design portfolios allow students to make a personal connection with the Art and Communication Departments. This is an opportunity to present your previous accomplishments and introduce yourself. We encourage a prospective student to submit a portfolio but it is not required. 

Portfolio submission directions are as follows:

1. All portfolios should be submitted electronically via email to our Admissions Office at with subject line ‘Graphic Design Portfolio’ followed by your first and last name (ex. Graphic Design Portfolio, John Doe).

2. Your portfolio should include 8 to 15 images/documents that display your skills and your ability to express yourself visually. Images should be in .jpg or .pdf format and labeled by first initial.last name and in numbered order (ex. J.Doe1, J.Doe2, J.Doe3, etc.).

3. Please accompany your .jpg images or .pdf documents with a Word document (.doc) that includes a brief statement about your interest in the visual arts followed by descriptive information for each .jpg/.pdf submitted. Information for each item should include: title, date, and software/program. Information should be clearly listed by first initial.last name and number to be matched with your .jpegs/.pdfs (ex. J.Doe1: title, date, software/program, J.Doe2: title, date,software/program, J.Doe3: title, date,software/program, etc.).

4. Your portfolio materials 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 items and description document to the Art and Media & Communication Departments' faculty for review, if you have submitted one. Art and Media & Communication Departments' 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 and Media & Communication Departments.