Create a Drafting Portfolio of your best work.  Be sure to include the following:

  1. Cover Page (Personal Design of your choice)
  2. Table of contents
  3. Designer Introduction (Bio & contact information, resume)
  4. Uniform Section Pages (Dividers)
  5. 2D Drawings – Each page must include images of project and reflection on design challenge (AT LEAST 4 PAGES)
  6. 3D Modeling – Briefly describe each project challenges and design process (AT LEAST 4 PAGES)
  7. Architecture Projects


The portfolio will be assessed by the following criteria:
1. Ability to develop convincing visual narratives, through graphic presentation methods and written descriptions that convey the design development process: research and inspirational material, concept generation, study models and drawings that demonstrate process/thinking and final presentation of design solution.
2. Demonstration of fundamental abilities to design and communicate design solutions using two and/or three dimensional representation skills in any media (digital, hand drawings, sketching, drafting, modeling) as they relate to: plans, elevations, perspectives, models, space planning, diagramming and distribution, layouts, forms, colors and finishing aspects.
3. Demonstration of an understanding of functional and experiential issues related to the design of architecture, built environments and/or artifacts such as: structural, environmental and building systems, spatial generation, organization, perception and design solutions, and specific project results reflecting contextual and programmatic demands.
4. Ability to effectively organize the graphics and visuals of the overall portfolio, including titles, styles, page composition, references and information hierarchies.
5. Show examples of work that you have completed outside of your education/training (photography, paintings, sculptures, music, etc.) that will help set you apart from other applicants.


What do we mean when we say Design?

Design is original work produced by the prospective student, where a given problem is to be resolved by means of careful construction of form, in model and/or drawing, in two and/or three dimensions. This work can be executed by analog or digital means.

Portfolio Format

Portfolios may be submitted in either paper or electronic format. Please follow specifications outlined below. Online portfolio links will NOT be accepted. The use of wood, metal, glass, or plastic in hard copy portfolios is NOT acceptable. There is no minimum or maximum number of required pages, but a table of contents should be included in either format and applicants are expected to submit 6-8 projects (not pages).

These projects can include sketches, fine art drawings, or photography as well as architectural design, interior design, space planning, renderings, and photographs of models. Provide descriptions for each assignment/project submitted and include diagrams, drawings, and study models that exemplify the conceptual development of the project.

Creativity and self-expression are important and should be apparent through the use of selected materials and formats documenting the applicant’s work. All work should be the student’s own. The student’s individual contribution to any group or professional design project should be clearly delineated. All projects should include titles, the dates that the work was completed, the course title and number, and whether the work was done for academic, professional, or personal purposes.

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Portfolio Specification:

Contact Information: Name, home address, phone number, email address
Paper Format: 8.5 X 11
Landscape or Portrait Orientation
Premium quality paper with a spiral-binding on the left-hand side
Clear plastic cover with vinyl back
Electronic Format: Use pdf. Files with a maximum resolution of 300 dpi submitted on a CD-Rom