A portfolio is required for all programs in the School of Art and Department of Transmedia 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.

Select your area of interest below for specific instructions for each individual program. Students are responsible for submitting their portfolio online 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, Transmedia Deadlines

Early Decision (First-year students only):

Nov. 15, 2019

Early Decision II (First-year students only):

Jan. 1, 2020 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 16, 2019)

Regular Decision (Fall):

Jan. 1, 2020 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 16, 2019)

Spring Enrollment:

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 Transmedia Portfolio Requirements


Transfer students

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 transmedia, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.