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BFA Portfolio Requirements

Limitations on Number of BFA Attempts

You may have up to two attempts to qualify for a BFA, provided you meet the criteria and have not exceeded 96 timely graduation units. Please see an advisor to verify your units. If you are a transfer student and you submit a portfolio when you apply to CSULB that will count as your first attempt.

Current CSULB Art and Pre-Art Majors

Current CSULB Art and Pre-Art Majors who wish to submit a portfolio for consideration for any of the BFA degree options, please contact an SOA Advisor. For current CSULB students portfolio reviews take place in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Current students may apply for portfolio review in the School of Art Advising Center from the 3rd through the 5th week of the fall and spring semesters. Students who meet the criteria, have completed a minimum of 60 and no more than 96 timely graduation units, and who can complete the BFA within the maximum allowed units will be invited to submit a portfolio. Faculty will review your portfolio and determine if your work is strong enough for you to be admitted to the BFA.

Instructions for BFA Transfer Applicants

Applicants who meet the minimum major-specific requirements and competitive ranking based on the CSULB Supplemental Application will be invited to submit a portfolio electronically. Instructions for electronic submission of the portfolio and the deadline for submission will be communicated in the invitation. Applicants to the Art BFA Options must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of the portfolio in order to be admitted to a BFA program.

General Instructions

All submissions must adhere to the following guidelines unless otherwise specified in the Progam-Specific Requirements.


  • Uploaded image files may not be larger than 5MB each.
  • The supported image formats are: jpg, png, gif, tif, bmp, and tga.
  • Be aware that our online portfolio reviewing service processes all images so they fit within 1280 x 1280 pixel dimensions.
  • Required for each image: Title, dimensions (H x W x L), medium, date, and if the work was done for a class assignment.

Artist Statement

  • A brief statement of 150 words or less (the box has a 1000-character limit) is required on the portfolio submission form. This statement should address your portfolio and your interest in the program to which you are applying.


  • Videos, where required, can be embedded from Youtube or Vimeo, or you may upload them.
  • Uploaded videos can be no larger than 60MB.
  • The supported video formats for uploading are: m4v, mov, mp4, wmv, flv, asf, mpeg, mpg, and mkv.

Progam-Specific Requirements

3-D Media (Fiber, Metals & Jewelry, Wood)

Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images, with the majority of the works representing your interest in either fiber, metals & jewelry, or wood. Other 3D media may also be submitted.


Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images of your artwork. The majority of these should represent work in the ceramic arts, and may include both class projects and self-directed works. Wheel-thrown, hand-built, or ceramic work made using other processes are acceptable. Applicants may also include work in other media, whether 2D or 3D. No more than two images in your portfolio should represent detail shots or alternate views of work already presented.

Drawing and Painting

Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images of your artwork. At least five of these images should be of a highly unified body of work that reflect your artistic voice. Ideally, these five works are independently generated, and are not class assignments.

Graphic Design

You have a maximum of 15 images to represent at least six Graphic Design projects. Recommended projects include a poster, a book jacket or ad campaign series, a multi-page brochure or magazine article, a motion design or a multiple “page” screen-based design, packaging design or branding design, and a free choice to showcase a specific individual interest. Select one piece of work presented in your submission and discuss its production process in the artist statement section—explain your conceptual development and choice of images and the typefaces used and/or any unusual production process.


Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images representing your best past or current work in illustration or animation, or other appropriate areas. Choose original work that represents your artistic interests, draws from observation, composition, use of color, use of imagination, and painting. Ten seconds of animation counts as one piece. You must indicate either Illustration, Animation, or Pre-Production track when submitting your portfolio.


Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 photographs, mixed media, or video works showcasing one or two bodies of work. The portfolio should explore your unique artistic direction for conceptual and personal themes. Please note that this program provides an art perspective on photographic applications.


Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images, with at least five representing hand-pulled prints, and five representing other 2D media.


Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images or videos. While a wide range of media may be submitted, the portfolio should show the artistic direction of the applicant in relation to their sculptural practice.