Video: 3 Steps to Prepare a College Art Portfolio

Applying to art school? You’ll probably need a portfolio as part of your application. We’ve broken it down to 3 steps to help guide you in putting together a stellar portfolio that will get you into your first-choice college.

Boston University School of Visual Arts offers BFA degrees with majors in Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Art Education.


When applying to BU School of Visual Arts you will need to submit a portfolio that contains 15-20 total images with at least 3 drawings from direct observation. Those 3 drawings should include 2 still-lifes and 1 portrait. Learn more about the School of Visual Arts application process, and BU’s general admissions process.


Boston University offers tours and information sessions year round as well as select open house opportunities. You can find out more and register for events here.

Portfolio Prep Opportunities

BU offers a 4-week summer intensive for high school students who want to strengthen their skills and prepare a college portfolio. VASI is a great way to become a better artist, have a better portfolio, and get to know BU and Boston. Learn more about VASI.

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