Portfolio Guidelines

A portfolio of student work must be submitted as part of the application for admission.  In addition to architectural drawings, applicants may include a variety of work choosing from media such as freehand drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, woodworking, ceramics, or any other visual media that demonstrates experience and aptitude in creative and graphic areas.  Portfolio format should be 8 ½” x 11” and include 15–20 items.  Present your material in a neat, well-organized manner.   Do not include original work.

Label each portfolio item with:

  • Information on the medium used
  • Whether the project was done on your own or in a class
  • The original size of the work
  • A one- or two-sentence comment about each piece


Include, along with the portfolio, a letter of intent/personal statement explaining your interest in architecture and sustainability; professional goals; and educational experiences.  Your letter of intent should be typewritten, not to exceed two pages in length.  Applicants should be thorough but clear in articulating why they deserve a place in the program.

The portfolio and letter of intent will be placed in your admissions file for review by the architecture admissions committee.  Portfolios will be returned at the end of the selection process if you include a stamped, self-addressed envelope or mailing packet.

PORTFOLIOS SHOULD BE MAILED DIRECTLY TO:

Architecture Program
915 Campus Drive
Swan 314
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2291