The Design Research Graduate Admission Committee will examine your work to understand your point of view, accomplishment level, creative problem solving, and systematic thinking. Portfolios may include traditional media, design or creative projects, creative or research-based writings, alternative creative practices, or any combination of media. The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom.
Applicants should submit a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 pieces of your strongest and most recent work in your area of study and accomplishment to date. The work should demonstrate a balance of technique and concept. Time-based portfolios should be limited to a five-minute maximum. Writers, please submit a minimum of 6 to 12 pages of written work of either a single piece or numerous smaller pieces.
The portfolio may include any combination of professional design work, student design work, drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, graphic design, architectural design, interior design, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, fashion design, jewelry and metals, furniture, designed objects, animation, computer-generated images, film, video, performance art, audio recordings, websites, video games, sketchbooks, scripts, storyboards, creative writing or research writing.
In addition to or instead of submitting a traditional portfolio, you may submit alternative creative practices where appropriate. For example, a research-based paper or project; video blogging; online curation; professional design work; speculative design work examining and redesigning an existing space, product, or interior; narrative outline for a short script or interactive design; or an observational essay of curatorial practice in a museum gallery or public space may inform the admissions committee on your interests and intentions.
Please direct inquiries regarding the portfolio to:
D.S. Nicholas, Assistant Professor; RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA, IDEC
Director, MS Design Research
Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism