Why should students submit the Arts Supplement?

You are required to submit a portfolio of your art work: sculpture, painting, graphic design, etc. Or, you are considering sending in a portfolio to demonstrate your talent as a supplement to your college application to make your candidacy more competitive. Submitting a portfolio is not easy, and the process probably began in your sophomore or junior year, building your portfolio materials and deciding how to make your portfolio wide-ranging and varied. 


All portfolios are reviewed by multiple full-time faculty members from the School of Art. We're just as interested in your imagination and creative thinking skills as your technical skills. We particularly love to see what you make for yourself, so we ask that your portfolio include as much work as possible done independently and outside of the classroom. 

Your portfolio should consist of 12 to 20 recent works. Your portfolio can include works in any or all of the following media, as appropriate:


Whether or not you wish to major in art as an undergraduate, if you are an advanced visual artist you may consider submitting an art portfolio as part of your application. Please bear in mind that Yale School of Art faculty members review selected portfolios, not admissions officers. You should only consider submitting work if your artwork is a strong and important part of your application and demonstrates a high level of ability for a high school artist. You should limit the work submitted to between 5 and 8 pieces, which should include at least one drawing.


If you wish to submit images of your artwork as a supplement to your application, you must do so online through SlideRoom by the appropriate application deadline (November 1 for Single-Choice Early Action candidates; January 2 for Regular Decision candidates; March 1 for transfer candidates).

Our standard application materials typically give us ample information for making admission decisions. However, we recognize you may have truly exceptional talents or achievements you wish to share, and we want you to have every opportunity to best represent yourself.