PART 1: Portfolio Review
- Each student is required to submit for review a Portfolio of original work.
- Artwork and portfolio can be any size that is comfortable for the student to carry.
- Portfolio should include between 10 - 20 pieces of work.
- All art pieces should be either matted or mounted.
- Selected pieces should be 2-dimensional work only. Photographs can be used to show sculpture, ceramics, and other 3-dimensional works.
- Only original work should be submitted.
- No photocopies of work will be accepted.
- Each piece of work should be labeled:
- Done under supervision (i.e. in class with a teacher)
- Done without supervision (i.e. done completely independently)
- Done from observation or from imagination
- All portfolios are returned at the end of the exam.
PART 2: In-Class Drawing Exam
Applicants must demonstrate specific skills by completing 3 drawing exercises. Approximately 20 minutes will be given for each exercise:
Draw a live model – drawing pencil
Draw a still life – drawing pencil
Illustrate a topic that is given – Cray-Pas (i.e., A Hot Day at the Beach)
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions – Art
Q: How can I prepare to take the test?
A: Practice drawing exercises similar to those given in the audition. Select those that are the most interesting for the portfolio. Here are some examples to help you prepare:
Set up a series of still life drawing problems: first, a single object such as a pair of eye glasses or a shoe; then use two objects, then three, and so on.
Work with crayons or Cray-Pas to illustrate street scenes, crowd scenes, out of your window and landscapes.
Q: What does the portfolio tell the examiners?
A: The portfolio demonstrates ability, seriousness and depth of interest.
Q: Will I have an opportunity to discuss my portfolio?
A: No. The portfolios will be graded and returned to students before the end of the drawing part of the exam.
Q: What are the examiners looking for in the test?
A: The examiners look for creativity and the ability to draw from observation, compose a picture on the page, and use color in an effective way.
Q: What does the student bring to the test?
A: The portfolio, pencil, pen, admission ticket, and a copy of last year's final report card or transcript. Paper, Cray-Pas, drawing pencil, and eraser will be supplied.
Q: What are the procedures in the test room?
A: Applicants are assigned to an art classroom where there are art tables and drawing materials. While students are working, there are examiners reviewing the portfolios in another location. All portfolios are returned to the applicant at the end of the exam.