BAFA Portfolio Guidelines and Salon Information
In the semester of graduation, each student must submit a completed portfolio of work to a faculty member and display the body of work at the BAFA Salon. The portfolio gives each student a central place to present his or her best samples to graduate school committees and potential employers.
Each BAFA candidate must have a portfolio that encompasses all three fine arts areas: music, drama and art. In addition, each concentration has portfolio requirements specific to the program.
General Portfolio Guidelines
Each BAFA student’s portfolio must include:
1. An Introduction
- • Cover letter detailing acquired skills and application of skills in the workplace
- • Table of Contents
- • Resume
- • At least three professional references from professors, employers, and/or internship supervisors
- • List of courses taken in the BAFA curriculum at UHD
2. Written Works
- • Minimum of three writing samples, one from each discipline (art, drama, music)
- • Art History Concentration: Students with a focus in art history must submit a minimum of five writing samples.
3. Studio Products
- • Minimum of three studio products from upper-level courses, including at least one from ART 3305
- • No more than two products from the same course
4. Business Projects:
- At least one project or product from each of these courses:
- • MGT 3301
- • MKT 3301
- • HUM/ART/DRA/MUS 3325
5. Internship Summary:
- A one-page description of the internship experience:
- • What did you learn and how does it apply to your career plans?
- • Would you recommend this internship to another student?
- • Brief explanations of other co-curricular experiences, such as student-initiated projects, exhibitions, or productions
Each student must submit a portfolio for faculty review during his or her final semester. Students must submit portfolios in a single PDF document via BlackBoard Learn.
Fall Graduation Deadline - First Monday in October
Spring Graduation Deadline - First Monday in March
Assessment and Grading
Each portfolio receives a grade of either Pass or Fail based upon these criteria:
- • Completeness: Meets minimum number of products in each category.
- • Scope: Contains examples from each area of fine arts with several excellent samples in the student’s area of concentration.
- • Quality: Samples exhibit work that is at or above expectations for entry-level work.
- • Neatness and clarity: Format is organized and well planned.
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Studio Art Portfolio
In addition to General Portfolio items, art students must submit:
- • 10 high-resolution digital images
- • A description of each image, including title, medium and size.
- • A summary of the assignment that lead to each production and/or the objective of each sample.
In addition to General Portfolio items, drama students must submit samples representative of each of these areas:
- • Provide a short media file with clips of monologues, scenes, or stage combat
- • If possible, include still photos from productions, labeled with show title, character portrayed, venue, and date(s) of performance.
- • Brief description of directorial style and concept summary for each production
- • Still photos illustrating blocking, proxemics, visual metaphor, and special challenges
- • Copies of rehearsal schedules, scene divisions, cast handouts, and favorable reviews
- • Include a brief statement of concept, preparatory work, final renderings, and photos of completed designs.
- • Provide a short description of the construction process (including materials and tools)
- • Present process photos and a final photo of the project under show lighting, if possible.
When presenting theatre history or dramaturgy writing samples, include:
- • The revised paper (with all corrections completed)
- • A brief description of the assignment
- • A copy of a dramaturgical note in a program or photos of a lobby display, when applicable.
In addition to General Portfolio items, music students must submit:
- • At least three research papers with bibliographies, completed in upper-level music courses (must be submitted in electronic format as a Microsoft Word document and include graphics, audio clips and accompanying PowerPoint presentation, if applicable).
- • A brief explanation of each writing assignment mentioned above
- • Representative samples of music theory coursework, such as composed and notated songs or independent projects. MIDI and FINALE files may satisfy this requirement.
Performance Studies Portfolio
Include audio and/or video samples of this work, for example:
- • Clips of public or classroom performances
- • MIDI clips of compositions
- • Clips of composed works performed by others
BAFA Salon Information:
The BAFA Salon, which takes place each fall and spring semester, is a forum for students and faculty to educate, instruct, and display talents for one another as well as friends and family. Each student who submits a portfolio will participate in the showcase.
Individual exhibitions include an 8- to 10-minute oral presentation focused on special projects in the student’s area of concentration. Possible formats include:
- • Display of studio art projects with explanation of goals and influences
- • Performance of a monologue or short scene
- • Musical performance
- • Reading of a research paper
- • Other formats as approved by BAFA faculty
BAFA Salon - Azar Rejaie • S-1081 • 713-222-5300
Music - Yvonne Kendall • S-1023 • 713-226-5237
Art History - Susan Baker
• N-1053 • 713-226-5298 and Azar Rejaie • S-1081 • 713-222-5300
Studio Art - Mark Cervenka •
N-327 • 713-221-8043
Drama - Tom Lyttle • S-1053 • 713-221-8118 • and Frank Vella • S-10?? • 713-221-8233
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