Visual Arts Major: Portfolio Requirements


  1. Seven to ten recent pieces of artwork
  2. One to three drawings from observation

Portfolio Guidance:
The visual arts portfolio should consist of recent pieces of artwork that represent your artistic interests and demonstrate your technical skills and abilities. The inclusion of drawings from observation should not be work drawn from imagination or copied from photographs. Here's a video with a few more tips on how to prepare a portfolio for the Interlochen Arts Academy Visual Arts major.

How to Submit your Materials:
Applicants are required to submit their portfolios digitally as a part of the application process. After you start the application for admission, create an account on DecisionDesk and upload your work under your Interlochen Application ID number as a "Visual Arts Major".

For applicants who are joining us for a campus visit, please upload your portfolio one week prior to your visit day in order to participate in an official portfolio review. We suggest you bring any original work, including your sketchbook, along with you.

Campus Visit:
We highly encourage all applicants to plan a campus visit! The schedule may include a meeting with our Director of Visual Arts, a full tour of campus including the Dow Center for Visual Arts and residence halls, an opportunity to meet and interact with current students, and a chance to observe classes in session. To learn more visit Plan Your Campus Visit or email