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Portfolio Submission Frequently Asked Questions

Are portfolios required of Arts and Humanities majors, including the "undeclared" Arts and Humanities major?

Portfolio submissions are optional but highly recommended of freshman and transfer applicants in the following departments: Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts.

  • The Music Department is accepting portfolios for the following majors: Music (MU25), Music Humanities (MU26) and Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (MU27).
  • The Theatre & Dance Department is accepting portfolios for the following majors: Theatre (TH26) and Dance (TH27).
  • The Visual Arts Department is accepting portfolios for the following majors: Art History (VA26), Media (VA27), Studio (VA28), Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts (VA29) and Speculative Design (VA30).
  • Undeclared Arts & Humanities majors interested in the arts have the option of submitting a portfolio to their preferred arts program.

I have sample work (visual arts, theater, music, etc.) that I would like to submit. Where can I send it?

Students are not to send anything beyond the application itself to the Admissions office. However, if a sample work is requested from the applicant, sample work should be sent directly to the relevant academic department. See a list of the departments within the Division of Arts and Humanities.

What is the optional portfolio submission process for freshman applicants who wish to major in Music, Theatre and Dance, or Visual Arts?

The Art Portfolio submission process for freshman applicants who wish to major in Music, Theatre and Dance, or Visual Arts opens on November 1.

Freshmen applicants interested in an arts and humanities major must complete the UC Application in order to be considered for admission. Those who have completed the UC Application and are interested in pursuing a major within any of the arts disciplines of music, theatre & dance, or visual arts may submit an optional art portfolio to enhance their overall UC application. Faculty from our departments will review the portfolios submitted and share their evaluation with the UC San Diego Admissions Office. No scoring information will be provided regarding portfolio submissions. The optional art portfolio may assist the overall application review and is not required for admission to UC San Diego.

Where do I go to see the portfolio requirements and submit my portfolio?

Go to artsandhumanities-ucsd.slideroom.com to view the portfolio requirements and to submit your portfolio.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about the portfolio submission process?

For technical support (e.g. login or file upload issues), go to http://www.slideroom.com/contact.html. All other inquiries about the portfolio submission process should be directed to artshumanities@cloud.ucsd.edu.

How will my portfolio be reviewed and scored, and can I see my score?

A portfolio/audition tape should reflect each individual's unique background and experiences. Submissions will be reviewed by department faculty with the goal of identifying the creative and technical skills, abilities and potential of each applicant. No individual score or assessment can be provided due to the volume of submissions received and the confidential nature of the admissions process.