A portfolio is required for all programs in the School of Art and Department of Film and Media Arts as well as the B.F.A. and B.I.D. programs in the School of Design. A portfolio is not required for the B.S. in design studies or the B.S. in studio arts.
Select your area of interest below for specific instructions for each individual program. Students are responsible for submitting their portfolios online per the “Submitting Your Portfolio” instructions at the bottom of this page and for meeting our deadlines.
Please note: The Common Application is integrated with SlideRoom for online submission of portfolios. You must complete the Syracuse University Common App prior to submitting your portfolio.
Art, Design, Film and Media Arts Deadlines
Early Decision (First-year students only):
Nov. 15, 2021*
Regular Decision (Fall):
Jan. 1, 2022*
*Your portfolio may be submitted at any time from now until the deadline. We recommend submitting your portfolio as soon as it is complete in order to expedite review and processing.
Spring enrollment into VPA programs is very limited. Please call the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to discuss availability and timeline.
School of Art Portfolio Requirements
School of Design Portfolio Requirements
Department of Film and Media Arts Portfolio Requirements
Transfer students are encouraged to complete the application and portfolio review as soon as possible as space is limited in some programs. It is strongly recommended that transfer applicants to VPA follow the first-year application deadlines. Please note:
- Online submission of transfer portfolios is required as they are reviewed by a faculty member in the student’s proposed major.
- If you have experience in the area in which you hope to major, please show examples of work in that area.
- Please upload an unofficial college transcript to Slideroom with your portfolio. This is in addition to the official college transcript required for your application that is submitted via the Common App.
- Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study art, design, or film and media arts, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.
Submitting Your Portfolio
Applicants must submit their final portfolios through the Common Application or at suvpa.slideroom.com. The Common Application and SlideRoom are integrated, so you will be asked to login with your Common Application login and password. The online portal offers additional instruction for submitting work. Be sure to submit your portfolio to the correct degree level (undergraduate) and program. For technical assistance, contact . There is a fee for each portfolio submission you make through SlideRoom.
Get Feedback on Your Portfolio Before Final Submission with Virtual Advisory Reviews
Virtual advisory portfolio reviews are available to students who would like to share their work and get advice on strengthening the portfolio prior to the final online submission. These can be scheduled on an individual basis by contacting the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at or by participating in Virtual National Portfolio Days. View our Visit VPA page for more information. We also offer sessions on portfolio preparation twice monthly; you can find registration information on the VPA Visit page as well.