Division of Liberal Arts Programs : Portfolio Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program emphasizes the craft of writing; as such, portfolios are a vital component of the application. Applicants who seek direct entry admissions to Creative Writing are required to submit a portfolio of original written work and an essay responding to a specific creative writing prompt. These materials will serve to demonstrate applicants' writing ability, insight, originality and range, as well as potential.

  • Portfolio: The portfolio should total 10-15 pages and must include at least two different pieces of writing. Writings may include poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and excerpts from short stories or novels. Applicants submitting poetry must also submit some prose. The portfolio should also include a 150-300 word essay responding to the prompt "Describe an important window."

Your portfolio of written works including your essay should be mailed to the Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or e-mailed as a single Word document or PDF to admissions@uarts.edu.
Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies
The Film & Media Studies program develops a historical understanding and critical appreciation of the cinema and its allied media arts while providing a solid foundation in film-making skills. Accordingly, applicants who seek direct entry admission to Film & Media Studies are required to submit an academic paper and a sample of creative work.

  • Academic Paper: Essay assignments completed for courses in history or literature are excellent options. Short stories are not acceptable substitutes for the academic paper.
  • Creative Work: Filmic work, photography, creative writing (fiction, screenplay, personal essay), drawing, painting, design, illustration, or sculpture are all acceptable media.

Academic writing should be mailed to the Office of Admissions, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, or e-mailed as a Word document or PDF to admissions@uarts.edu. Creative work can be submitted online via SlideRoom.com. Applicants may upload images (jpg), video (mov, wmv, flv) or pdf documents. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 X 1280 @ 72dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB. Our SlideRoom portal offers additional instructions for submitting work online.