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Develop your Portfolio

If you are interested in attending The Modern, a review of your portfolio is a pivotal part of the admissions process. Your portfolio is an expression of your work, skill, passion, and style. As you think about how to best way present your portfolio, we’ve developed some tips to help. Those who do not possess samples of artwork can submit a two-page essay describing why they are passionate about pursuing a career in the design industry.


Choose 8–10 samples of artwork that best demonstrate your talent, creativity, and skills. Examples of artwork might include photography, graphic design, paintings, sketches, drawings, web design, video, animation, or short writing samples.

If you attend a career center, we want to see your digital work. If you have traditional work as well, you can bring it, but the focus should be on your digital pieces.

Submitting your Portfolio

Prospective students are prompted to submit samples of artwork or an essay after completing an application. Applicants should email their artwork to