• Complete application form
    Florida School of the Arts Application submitted online (no fee).
  • An Arts Resume: a history of your background, previous study, and experience in your chosen area.
  • Transcripts or a recent report card
  • Two letters of recommendation
    Ideally, one letter should be from someone who knows you as a student; the other, from someone who can speak to your artistic development.
  • Statement of purpose
    a typed one to two-page essay outlining your background, interests, short and long-term goals and any other information providing insight into your educational and artistic growth and achievements.

Visual Arts Portfolio Review Requirements and Instructions

During an in-person portfolio review, you may be asked questions regarding the following topics:
Career Goals – Arts Experience & Training – College Goals & Expectations – General Background
You may submit a digital portfolio to be considered in lieu of an in-person interview.

 

Visual Arts–Animation and Studio Art Specializations

  • Portfolio in digital format: All portfolio elements must be submitted digitally: either CD, DVD, USB flash drive, link to a website, or another form of file-sharing website (i.e. google drive, iCloud, or OneDrive). JPG files should be no smaller than 800 pixels, and no larger than 2000 pixels on its greater dimension. Applicants requesting to review in person will present original works in addition to completed application materials.
  • At least 15-20 original works (completed within the past 2 years) that showcase artistic development and ability to communicate ideas through art.
  • At least 15-20 pages from sketchbooks/process journals (photographed or scanned) demonstrating daily practice, creative research and thought process. Applicants requesting to review in person are strongly encouraged to bring completed or in process sketchbooks/process journals.

 

Visual Arts—Design Technology–New Media Design and Photography Specializations
The portfolio may be submitted in person, by online service or on USB flash drive.

  • 15-20 showcase: works completed within the past 2 years, the portfolio presentation should reflect the applicant’s ideas and interests while highlighting creative development, aptitudes for craft and an ability to communicate ideas. A strong portfolio will include classroom assignments as well as independent projects that demonstrate effective use of 2D form and composition.
  • 10-15 pages from sketchbooks/process journals: The journal/sketchbook serves as a window into an artist’s heart and mind. It marks the progress of creativity and informs future projects. It is an archive for brainstorms, observations and research; good ideas, bad ideas, silly ideas, and wild dreams. This portion of the portfolio submission should focus on the applicant’s daily practice, creative research and thought process. It will reflect the applicant’s passion and dedication toward honing their artistic vision. Pages should be photographed or scanned and included in the digital portfolio. Original sketchbooks/journals may be presented at in-person reviews.
  • Portfolio in digital format: All portfolio elements must be submitted in digital format and included with the application materials. Save digital files as PDF or JPEG. Images should be clear and in focus reflecting the actual quality of the work. Digital files of work may be submitted with other application materials on USB flash drive or by an online service. Applicants requesting to review in person are invited to present original works in addition to completed application materials.
    • Save 10-15 showcase works as PDF using the following format:
      • pdf ~  name_newmedia_audition_20.pdf (replace the word newmedia with photography for photo candidates)
    • Save 10-15 images from sketchbooks/journals as PDF using the following format:
      • pdf ~  name_sketchbookpages_15.pdf
    • Locate all portfolio works in a folder titled:
      • name_floartsaudition_portfolio
    • Send a link to your flickr.com album to kittyclarke@sjrstate.edu.
    • For instructions regarding flickr.com