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Visual Arts, BFA

​​Show us what you've got!

Your portfolio should show us samples of your best work, as well as your current artistic skills​​ and interests. 

Your portfolio is simply a collection of examples of your artwork. We encourage you to show us a broad range of artwork so that we can see where you have potential and interest. We also encourage you to present a neat and orderly package; one that best protects your work and demonstrates your skills.

Subject matt​e​r

The subject matter of your portfolio is open, as is the variety of mediums and disciplines. Examples of drawings, paintings, collages, photography, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, etc. are all acceptable forms of creative expression that can be included in your portfolio. You may also want to include images of artworks that may be too bulky or inappropriate to send (such as murals, sculptures or large drawings).

Things to AVOI​​D in a portfolio:

  • A whole portfolio of one thing, one medium or one approach.
  • Artwork that is copied from comic books, graphic novels, anime or magazines. Express your originality, explore your surroundings! A drawing of your friend is a better indicator of your skills and creativity than a copy of an animated character, no matter how "perfect."
  • Very old work that bears little or no relation to your current level of skill or understanding.
  • Careless presentation.

1.png​ Option one (preferred)

Guidelines for submitting a digital ​portfolio of images and/or videos of artwork:

These guidelines will ensure that we are able to review all of your artwork that is submitted digitally. Please clearly identify your USB stick with your name and email, and include a description (Image List) of the contents (file number, title, medium, date) in hard copy or as document file on the USB stick. It is your responsibility to ensure that all material reaches us in a readable format. It's a good idea to test your material on a second computer before you submit it to make sure that it is readable.​

    • 15 - 20 digital images, for works that lend themselves to still documentation OR
    • 10 - 15 digital images and one video (maximum five minutes), for works that require both still and video 

Audiovisual Specificati​​ons

File names must be in the following format: 01initials.jpg (image number, applicant's name). The image numbers must correspond to the Image List (description of digital images and/or video). Do not use punctuation, spaces, more than 45 characters per file name or special characters in your file names.

​Image files m​ust be:

    • JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg) format
    • no larger than 1.5 MB

​Audiovisual files must be:

    • viewable with VLC media player (for more information, consult www.videolan.org/vlc/)
    • a maximum 60 FPS
    • a maximum resolution of 1080P (or frame size of 1920 X 1080)
    • no larger than 4 GB

Media must b​e:

    • USB stick
    • NTSC – region 1 compliant (DVD video)

2.pngOption two: guidelines for submitting a physical portfolio of artwork

  • ​You may send us a portfolio of original artworks and/or hard copy reproductions of your artworks (colour prints or photographs). Do not send framed pieces. Pack all original artworks well, or photograph them from two viewpoints (the entire piece and a detail – close up). Be sure that the quality of reproductions is good enough so that we can see the work clearly and the colour is correct.
  • Package the original work in a flat, stiff box or folder, or if larger, rolled and placed in a large-diameter mailing tube (5 to 10 inches in diameter). Sticky or fragile surfaces should be covered with clean paper, or ideally photographed instead.
  • If you submit a physical portfolio, be sure the packaging is reusable, and clearly labelled with your name, return address, email address, and phone number. Make sure your name is somewhere on the back of each artwork submitted.

Basic requirements for your portfolio​

You may send us a combination of both physical artwork and a digital images and/or video. Do not duplicate the physical work digitally (we don't need both versions).

    • Artworks that explore your personal ideas or points of view
    • Audio or video files maximum 5 minutes in duration
    • Do not submit zipped disks or folders
    • Do not submit your images by e-mail
    • List the images you are submitting digitally in hard copy on paper (Image List) or as a document on the USB stick


Information about applying to Grenfell Campus​:

Office of the Registrar

Grenfell Campus
, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Arts and Science Building, Room AS277

Corner Brook, NL, Canada
, A2H 5G4

Phone: 709-637-6298

Fax: 709-637- 6250

E-mail: info@grenfell.mun.ca

​​Contact the chair, visual arts program for inquires on your portfolio.

Chair, Visual Arts

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FA 412
Phone: (709) 639-2398
Email: ipercy@grenfell.mun.ca

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