The visual arts portfolio should consist of at least seven to ten recent pieces of artwork that represent your artistic interests and demonstrate your technical skills and abilities. It is strongly suggested that you include at least three drawings from observation, rather than from imagination or copied from photographs.
You should provide examples of artwork that are a product of art instruction as well as work that reflects your individual ideas. Portfolio submissions can include drawings, paintings, photography, illustrations, design work, sculpture, ceramics, metals or fibers work.
Candidates are required to submit their portfolios digitally as a part of the application process. We highly encourage all applicants to visit campus and have a live portfolio review. When visiting campus, we recommend bringing original portfolio work and your sketchbook to show the visual arts director during your review. If you are ready to submit your portfolio at the time of your visit, please upload your work to academy.interlochen.org/submit prior to your visit or bring a CD-ROM of your work with you.
If a visit experience is not possible, portfolios must be submitted online at academy.interlochen.org/submit. Please do not mail original works as they will not be returned to the applicant.