Application Process

The two-step process is as follows:

Step 1. Mandatory English Test

Step 2. Mandatory Program Orientation, including completion of an on-site drawing test and submission of the following (part A, B and C).

Applicants who are unsuccessful in Step 1 will be notified by mail, and will not be included in Step 2 of the selection process.

Part A (Writing Skills)
Answer the following questions creatively in clear English:

  • Why do you want to be an illustrator?
  • What has prepared you for this career pursuit thus far?
  • Where do you expect to be professionally in 5 years?

Part B (Resume)
Please include your resume, focusing on any professional or volunteer positions that demonstrate your creative or artistic talents.

Part C (Portfolio)
All artwork should be printed or photocopied on 8 ½” x 11” white paper. No original artwork please.

The portfolio should consist of the following:

a) three life drawings; must show entire body including head, hands and feet of subject in various poses (one contour drawing, one gesture, one volume study);
b) two expressive drawings of your own hand (think happiness, anger, sadness, love etc.);
c) two object drawings; everyday items from around your house such as a kitchen appliance, coffee maker, can opener, TV remote, stapler, etc. that show the inner construction of the drawing;
d) two environment drawings: draw a detailed two point perspective view of a room in your house each from opposite corners, the horizon line should be at approximately five feet;
e) two drawings or paintings of your choice (preferably illustrative in nature).

Please put the entire package in a 9″x12” manila envelope, unsealed, with your First and Last name, and the student/applicant number on the cover.

After your portfolio has been assessed it will be destroyed, and cannot be returned to you. Do not staple or bind your drawings together in any way, and please ensure your name and student number is included on the back of every drawing you submit.

Portfolio Deadline and Orientation Session
Your portfolio is due at the orientation sessions, which are typically held three to seven months prior to the beginning of classes. A brief two-part drawing test will be administered to each applicant.

You will be advised through Admissions as to the exact dates of the orientation session. A tentative guide is provided below:

  • February or March for the September / Fall semester
  • October or November for the January / Winter semester

Plan to be at the orientation session for two hours. Please bring a pen, sharpened pencils, an eraser, ruler and photo identification.


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