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To apply for the Graduate Program in Design, please upload a 15-25 image portfolio to www.ccs.slideroom.com along with your formal online application.
You may include images, time-based media, interactive media, drawings, models or other visual/creative artwork. You may include examples of personal, as well as academic and professional work. Your portfolio should consist of 15-25 digital files, images (up to 5 MB each), video (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
Transportation Design Portfolio Guidelines:
- Your portfolio should include a minimum of 3-4 design projects including academic, personal and professional.
- All projects must have a clear representation of the phases of the design process - including your project brief, research, target market development, concept ideation, development and final renderings and models - presented in a fluid, clear, systematic manner.
- Submissions should demonstrate your functional skills including freehand sketching in accurate perspective, use of Photoshop and Alias – or other use of 2D/3D modeling and rendering software.
- Include a significant amount of original process sketches and/or a separate sketch book as a PDF attachment in SlideRoom, or if necessary, mailed or e-mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- The portfolio should reveal a high level of skill in critical thinking, creative conceptualization and visual communication.
Interdisciplinary Design Portfolio submission Guidelines:
- Your portfolio should consist of a minimum of 6 projects including academic, personal and professional work.
- Think strategically when you choose your best pieces. The quality of your work and your presentations is much more important than an adorned and complicated presentation.
- You may include pieces that show your ability to work in a multidisciplinary team (the applicant’s role and contribution to the project should be clearly indicated).
- The communication of your ideas should be clear with use of effective storytelling, and every project should show all phases of the design process (research, analysis, initial sketches and development).
- We care about your digital craft. Make sure that your portfolio shows a range of skills.
- Generally, you should include the following as related to your specific background in 2D or 3D: Sketching and freehand drawing ability, an understanding of typography, 3D modeling skills package (such as Pro/E, Alias, Catia, I-DEAS or Solidworks 98, Form Z, Rhino 3D, 3D Studio Max, etc.) Graphic manipulation program (Flash), final renderings with Photoshop and Alias or Pro/E + 3D Studio Max, a good understanding of industrial techniques, model making ability and a awareness of rapid prototyping technologies.
For applicants from related fields interested in pursuing the MFA degree as an entryway into design: Your portfolio should demonstrate that you can communicate complex ideas in a professional manner and that you have ability to work in one type of design discipline. We are looking for your unique approach to design solutions.