Portfolio Review

Who should submit an art portfolio?

All students who have already been admitted to the University and wish to be eligible for a College of Fine Arts Scholarship you must submit a portfolio for review.

What must be included in my portfolio?

Applicants must submit a portfolio of artwork that includes the following materials:

  1. Drawings, sketches which indicate an applicant’s aptitude in the following areas: observation (work done from still life, photos, etc.), and creativity (work done from imagination, invention).
  2. Design projects, which indicate aptitude, involving an applicant’s skills in use of the visual elements: shape, line, texture, value, form.
  3. A one-page essay indicating an applicant’s motivation for wishing to study art at Millikin.
  4. High school (incoming freshmen) and college (transfer students) transcripts.
  5. Applicants also are welcome to include these optional materials, if appropriate: examples of Painting; examples of Photography; examples of Graphic Design; examples of 3D work (may be submitted electronically instead of actual work).

How should my portfolio be formatted and submitted?

Portfolio materials can be in one of the following formats:

  • Original student artwork presented in person at Millikin with an art professor.
  • High-resolution photographs (either printed or electronic) of student work. (Electronic submissions must be in PDF or jpg format)
  • Slides of student work sent via Behance or email at lrjackson@millikin.edu
  • * You can quickly create a free digital portfolio on Behance.net
  • * Instructions for hosting files on Behance can be found here.
  • * Behance allows for users to embed videos, sound files etc from the following third party sites and should cover most display needs: Vimeo, YouTube, Adobe TV, Giphy, Amazon, Appointy, creddle.io, Twitter, Vine, Adobe Voice, Adobe Slate, Blip.tv,     Dailymotion, *SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Bandcamp, Scribd, Google Maps, Wufoo, SlideShare, Prezi, Sketchfab, Issuu, InVision and more.

What takes place in a portfolio review?

A faculty member will review the students’ work to determine the skill level of the student, their personal goals for studying art, and their eligibility for a College of Fine Arts Scholarship based on the work that they have submitted.

When are portfolios reviewed?

Portfolios are reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact Lillian Jackson at lrjackson@millikin.edu

How do I schedule a portfolio review?

  1. Call the Art Department at 217.424.6227
  2. Email the Art Department Administrative Assistant Lillian Jackson at lrjackson@millikin.edu or submit portfolio via Behance.

Do I need to be present for my portfolio review?

It is not required that students be present for reviews. Students who live outside a 200-mile radius of Millikin may submit a portfolio electronically in lieu of a live portfolio review. However, faculty enjoy meeting and learning more about students in person.