Portfolio Application (BFA and BDes)

BFA and BDes applicants use the Launchpad application system to submit portfolios online. You can upload and edit your portfolio any time after you've submitted your application and paid your application fee, right up until May 1st.

There are two components to your portfolio:

  1. Please submit 12–15 pieces that show your interests, strengths and versatility. For more information on what to submit, please see the Portfolio Guidelines page.
  2. Along with your images, please submit a Letter of Intent explaining your interest in our program. Recommended length: half page to a page. You can format and address this letter any way you want.

Tips for applicants using the new online system for all aspects of their application:

  • Please list your program choices in order of preference. If you want to be considered for the BFA or BDes program, you must list it as your first choice. (If you want to apply to both the BFA and BDes programs, list your first choice first.)
  • Unless you are considering a different program, please list the BA program, Major in Art & Design as your second choice.
  • You can apply online as early as October 1st.
  • International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • If you apply before March 1st, and your BFA or BDes portfolio application is not successful, you will automatically be considered for admission to the BA program. This would allow you to do your first year as an Art & Design major, make some new work in Art and Design studio courses we will save for you, and then you can apply to transfer into the second year of your desired program.
  • You must list all post-secondary institutions you've attended.
  • Pay close attention to your email for access to your Bear Tracks account, and then check your Bear Tracks account regularly.