Admission Requirements


Art Portfolio

All students who have been admitted to the University and who wish to major in art must submit a portfolio for review.


What Must Be Included In My Portfolio?

  • 3 - 5 drawings, which indicate an applicant's aptitude in observation (work done from still life, landscape, figure drawing, etc.)
  • At least 2 designs, which indicate aptitude involving an applicant’s skills in use of the visual elements: shape, line, texture, value and form.
  • A cover letter stating intended major area of study, and a works list that includes: title, media, year and any other pertinent information.
  • Applicants should also include these materials, if appropriate: 3 - 5 examples of painting, photography, graphic design or 3D work (may be submitted in electronic or slide form instead of actual work).

How Should My Portfolio Be Formatted?

Portfolio materials can be in one of the following formats:

  • Original student artwork presented in person at Seton Hill University with an art professor.
  • High-resolution photographs (either printed or electronic) of student work. (Electronic submissions must be JPGs at least 150 dpi and sent via CD or email.)
  • Slides of student work sent via U.S. mail. Mailing actual drawings/designs is not recommended.

How Should My Portfolio Be Submitted?

  • If you would like an in-person portfolio review, please sign up online. (Portfolio Review sessions for 2014-2015 will be held: October 4, 2014
; November 22, 2014; 
December 20, 2014; 
January 24, 2015; 
February 21, 2015; 
March 21, 2015
 and April 25, 2015.)
  • If you would like to submit your portfolio via email, please send to: artportfolio@setonhill.edu.
  • If you are sending slides or a CD through U.S. mail, please send to:

Brian Ferrell
Box 376F
Seton Hill Drive
Seton Hill University
Greensburg, PA 15601

When Do I Submit A Portfolio?

Once accepted to the University, students can sign up for one of the portfolio review sessions or mail their portfolio at any time. Portfolios must be reviewed before the student can start classes at Seton Hill.

What Takes Place In A Portfolio Review?

One or two faculty members review the student's work to determine skill level, and contribution to the department. If the review is taking place in person, the student has the opportunity (and are expected) to discuss the work that they are presenting.

What Is The Difference Between A Portfolio Review And A Scholarship Review?

All art students must have a portfolio review for admission to the Art Program.

The Seton Hill Art Program has a scholarship that is awarded to students who display excellent artistic ability, as decided by the Art Program faculty. An art portfolio review is required as part of the application process for this scholarship. Having a portfolio reviewed for a scholarship also satisfies the portfolio review requirement for admission to the Art Program - your portfolio does not need to be reviewed twice.