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Fine Arts Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

  • Portfolios may be submitted throughout the year, recommended deadline for fall term intake is March 1st.
  • Portfolios will continue to be accepted while seats remain available.
  • Portfolios will be assessed by a panel of faculty and may take up to two weeks to complete.
  • Portfolios along with your written statement can be dropped off at Student Services at the Comox Valley campus or emailed to International students will submit electronic portfolios and statements to

Portfolio Guidelines:

Your portfolio is your opportunity to present yourself to the faculty review panel. There is no perfect portfolio. Each portfolio is unique and represents your abilities, creativity and interests. You should submit your best and most recent work.

  1. Select 10 - 15 samples of your artwork. These can be self-initiated works as well as works assigned to you as projects. Selected work may include but is not limited to:
    • Working studies, research, or technical explorations.
    • Drawings, paintings, printmaking
    • Mixed media or collage
    • Sculpture, ceramics, installation or assemblage
    • Photographic & design work
    • Time based work, video, audio, performance
    • Digital work
  2. Include a portfolio inventory list identifying the works in your portfolio. Number each work to correspond with your inventory list. For each item include the title, media, size and date.

The portfolio panel is looking for an open, exploratory attitude, energy and a commitment that is consistent with the intense nature of this two-year program.

Written Statement Guidelines:

Complete a written statement answering the following questions. Your written statement should not exceed 500 words.

  1. Why do you want to study at North Island College?
  2. What will you gain through studying at the School of Fine Art & Design at NIC?
  3. Why do you want to study visual art?
  4. What mediums or artists inspire you?
  5. Which piece in your portfolio is your favorite? Why?

It should be understood that the written statement is not used to determine your suitability for the program, rather it provides the review panel with information that may enhance or contribute to our understanding of your portfolio.