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Department of Art

Special Admission Requirements

The admission process for art education, studio art, and the pre-major in graphic design within the Department of Art includes submission of a portfolio of digital images of recent work for review by the art faculty.

Portfolio requirements and format

The portfolio should consist of 12 to 15 images of works which best document the depth and breadth of your experience and potential in art. Your portfolio should be submitted on a CD with your digital images as jpegs (preferably at 72 DPI, with the pixel dimension to be approximately 600 pixels in the longest direction, 24 bit "millions" color resolution). Include a media listing of the images in jpeg format as well. Because of version issues, Powerpoint format will not be accepted. The Department of Art reserves the right to see actual work if artistic integrity is questioned for any reason.

The following is considered during the portfolio review:

  • Presentation: concern for the care taken in preparing, submitting, and documenting work.
  • Creativity: demonstration of original thinking and imagination; examples that indicate the development of personal expression.
  • Design and composition: consideration for the arrangement of visual elements within the parameters of space or form.
  • Self-motivation: art work done outside of the school setting which reflects the applicant's interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts (e.g. sketchbook, drawings or paintings done at home).
  • Exploration of media: concern for a flexible use of a range of materials.
  • Technical proficiency: concern for the manner and skill with which tools and materials have been used to create art work.
  • Drawing ability: subjects drawn from life (not photographs): still life, portraiture, landscape, anatomy, facility in both color and black and white media, line and full light and shade, controlled abstraction and realistic imagery.
  • Color: facility with wet media: ink, watercolor, oil, tempera, acrylic; facility with dry media: pastels. crayons. colored pencils, markers; varied applications including colored papers and collage, fibers, metals and ceramics.
  • Proficiency in at least one visual arts medium: concern for, or ability to work well in, one visual arts area or medium.

Special note for prospective graphic design majors:

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, a graphic design portfolio review is required mid-spring semester during the first-year following ART111: Visual Fundamentals and ART121: Drawing 1, and concurrent with ART171: Visual Fundamentals: 3-D and ART122: Drawing 2. Students wishing to apply for the major must also take ART151: Introduction to Design during either the first or second semesters.

Employing an interview format, the review will assess the quality of work produced in the first two semesters, academic performance (overall GPA and GPA in major), and personal commitment and attitude. A limited number of students are admitted each year (approximately fifteen to twenty). Students' work may also be reviewed at the close of the second-year. Regardless of grades, a student may be denied further registration in the graphic design program if the faculty conclude this is in the student's best interest. If students have any questions specific to the graphic design curriculum they are encouraged to talk to the faculty in that program.

Where to send your portfolio:

The preferred method to send your portfolio is through Miami's account with Slideroom. Instructions regarding uploading your work are included on the site. If you prefer to mail your portfolio, please mail to:

Jennifer Fox
Miami University
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Ave.
124 Art Building
Oxford OH 45056

For additional information, contact the department at 513-529-2900 or art@MiamiOH.edu.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

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    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

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    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

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    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

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     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

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    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

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    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
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    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
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  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

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    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

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    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency