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 professional 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.

Provide Context

Your portfolio came from a place and it's important you properly talk through the inspiration behind each piece. Think about what you’ll want us to know about your artwork so we understand the context behind your work.

Questions to Get you Started


Is the piece from a class assignment or something you’ve worked on during your free time?


What is the idea behind the piece?


How did you create the piece?


What are your goals and dreams?


What do you see yourself doing in your future career?


Choose 8–10 pieces of artwork that best demonstrate your talent, creativity, and skills. Whether you are a traditional student — or you attend a career center, we need to see everything you are capable of doing to consider you for acceptance.

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

In order to be considered for admission at The Modern, you also need to submit your design portfolio for review. You can either present your portfolio online via SlideRoom or in-person by scheduling a visit.


The Modern accepts portfolios submitted via email to


What to bring

Digital Artwork

Graphic design, digital illustration, photography, web design. We prefer to review digital work on a flash drive.

Traditional Artwork

Drawings, paintings, water colors, colored pencils, mixed media. We prefer to review originals of traditional work.


Sketchbooks count as one piece in a portfolio. We love sketchbooks because they show your conceptual abilities and your process. You can fill them with anything and everything.

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