Portfolio Review Submission

Our School of Design faculty are an integral part of the admission process in determining incoming classes. While all applicants must submit an online portfolio, applicants are also encouraged to register for an on-campus review as a valuable supplement to the online portfolio submission. Applicants who participate in the on-campus review will have a brief personal interview with a design faculty member. A design project is also available for students with limited work. 


On-Campus Portfolio Review

On-campus reviews are highly recommended. If you select this option, you’ll visit Carnegie Mellon to review your previously submitted work, though you’re expected to bring actual samples of your work or design project (photos or video of large pieces that are difficult to transport is fine) with you as well. You can bring previously submitted work, a sketchbook or items that were not previously submitted online. Additionally, an on-campus review provides you the opportunity to speak directly with faculty in an interview, engage with students, sit in on available classes and tour the facilities.

Registration will open in October.

2017-18 On-Campus Portfolio Review Dates:
November 12 (Early Decision applicants only)
January 21
January 28
February 4
February 9 (Transfer applicants only)

If participating in an on-campus portfolio review:


Online Portfolio Review 

The School of Design requires an online portfolio submission, even if you register for an on-campus review. If you select only the online submission, an admission committee will review your portfolio online.

Visit SlideRoom to electronically submit your portfolio for the School of Design after October 1.

If submitting a portfolio online:

  • Early Decision applicants should upload their portfolios by November 1 if only submitting online.
  • Regular Decision and Transfer applicants should upload their portfolios by January 15. 

Design Project

If you have limited work in your portfolio, the design project is an option to supplement that work. If you have no portfolio or creative work, the design project will satisfy the portfolio requirement. The design project can be located on the School of Design website. Applicants who select the design project as their portfolio can either submit the project online -  if also attending an on-campus portfolio review it would be beneficial to bring it with you as well.