Undergraduate Liberal Arts Portfolio Requirements

The Liberal Arts Portfolio requirement measures not only the student's creative and expressive facility, but also the level of skill acquired. Specific requirements and process vary by program. Please refer to the relevant section below, and do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

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 the applicant's 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 150-200 word essay responding to the prompt "Describe an important window."

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing for Film + Television

The Writing for Film and Television program focuses on storytelling.  Applicants who seek direct entry admission to Writing for Film + Television are required to submit a portfolio of original work that demonstrates the applicants ability to develop plot and characters, as well as their overall writing ability and use of language.

  • Portfolio: The portfolio should total 8-10 double-spaced pages, and include two different pieces of writing.  Writings may include short stories, and excerpts from short stories, novellas or novels.  Please do not submit scripts or plays.

Submitting Your Portfolio of Written Works

Please upload your portfolio of written works as a PDF through SlideRoom.

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