Prospective art/design students are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their work to the PLNU Department of Art and Design at the time of applying to the university. The art/design faculty will review the portfolio, score the artwork, and make a recommendation to the Admissions Office concerning the applicant. The portfolio is not required for a prospective student who anticipates choosing an art or design major at PLNU. However, a strong portfolio may benefit the applicant in the admissions process. The portfolio will also allow art/design faculty members to become familiar with the work of prospective students prior to their enrollment, should they be accepted.
Guidelines for the Portfolio
Create a free Behance site with your name.
- Go to Behance.net. Create a new account with your first and last name.
- Create a password for yourself.
- Make jpegs you can upload by: scan, photograph (or use electronic files).
- Load your jpegs to Behance. Submit up to ten digitally formatted jpeg images.
- Each image must have some sort of visible identification, including your name, date completed, title, medium, and dimensions.
PC or Mac | Adobe Create Suite Software
If you’re going to be an art or design major, it’s a good idea to buy a Mac rather than a PC. The creative industry leans toward Macs, and all of our design courses are taught on Macs. Adobe cloud-based Creative Suite software is used in all Mac Labs. Having a student monthly membership is recommended. Mac-based design courses begin your sophomore year. Many of our students choose to buy a professional grade computer in their senior year. This gives them the advantage of having their own computer while working on their senior portfolio projects and projects after graduation.
E-mail the Department
Please address your email with the subject line “Admissions Portfolio [ first and last name ]”
and tell us the link to your Behance.net account.
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