Graphic Design & Visual Communication Portfolio Requirements

To be fully considered for admission into the Graphic Design & Visual Communication major, students must submit the following to Slideroom for Portfolio Review:

One portfolio consisting of five (5) pieces.


 You may submit up to 10 pieces by making one of the files a multiple page PDF if you wish. Please include a brief description of each piece. NOTE: Please do not submit more than 10 pieces in total.

  1. Your portfolio must include a minimum of two drawing examples rendered in pencil, charcoal, or ink, or any combination. Please include a brief written description of each.
  2. The remaining pieces can be photos or scans of original works or digital files in any of the accepted types. Please include a brief written description of each.


Choose one piece from your portfolio and write a concise narrative statement (between 150-250 words) about the work that answers the following :

  1. Under what circumstances was the piece created (class project, for personal pleasure, for an art display, etc.)?
  2. Tell us about your process for creating it. Which mediums did you use? How does the piece demonstrate your passion for designing and creating?
  3. What was most enjoyable and challenging part of the process when you created the piece?
  4. What do you think the piece tells us about you as a person? How does it convey your values, your abilities, and your aspirations?
    : Please be sure to indicate which piece you are writing about.

When applying to the Graphic Design & Visual Communication (BFA) major, you should demonstrate the depth of your artistic talent, summarize your creative experiences and endeavors, and most importantly, highlight your level of commitment to creating visual work.

Please contact your Admissions Counselor for specific questions about the Graphic Design & Visual Communication portfolio requirement.

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Application & Financial Aid Deadlines

Application & Priority FAFSA Filing DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I November 15 Mid December
Early Decision II December 15 Mid January
Regular Decision January 15**
Mid February
Transfer Regular Deadline: July 15 Rolling
Spring Enrollment***
Final Deadline: December 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by these dates to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive. If you complete your FAFSA after these dates we will still determine all of your award eligibility, it will just take longer from the time you received your Admissions notification to get this information to you.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**We are able to extend our deadline in certain circumstances. Please reach out to an admissions counselor.
***Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.