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BAFA Portfolio Guidelines and Salon Information

In the semester of your graduation, you must turn in a completed portfolio for review by the Fine Arts faculty and exhibit your work at the BAFA Salon. Your portfolio must be submitted no later than the first Monday in Octoberfor fall graduation or the first Monday in Marchfor spring graduation. Your portfolio will be issued a Pass or Fail grade, and it will be considered for the annual Best Fine Arts Portfolio Award given in the spring. Students must discuss the contents of their portfolio with a professor in their area of concentration. Faculty members with whom students should consult are listed below after each concentration area.

As this is an interdisciplinary degree your portfolio should reflect aspects of all three fine arts areas but each discipline has slightly different formats for portfolios. For example, if your concentration is in art please refer to the Art Portfolio guidelines and see that area head for specific advice.

All portfolios should include:

This section of the portfolio should include: a cover page that documents the skills and knowledge you have gained from your BAFA courses and how you plan to use these tools to achieve your future career goals; a table of contents; a resume with at least three professional references from professors, employers, and/or supervisors (if possible, include your internship supervisor as a reference) who agree to be contacted by potential employers; and a list of courses you have taken at UHD in the BAFA curriculum.

Written Work:
Portfolios should include a minimum of 3 writing samples, ideally, one sample from each discipline (art, drama, and music). Each writing sample should come from a different BAFA course. Students who took a majority of history courses should submit up to 5 writing samples from upper level BAFA courses. Students are encouraged to further edit or revise their work before adding that material to their portfolio.

Studio Products:
Portfolios should include a minimum of 3 studio products including at least one product from ART 3305 Advanced Graphic Design. Students who took a majority of studio courses may submit up to 5 studio products. No more than two products may come from the same course, and ideally products will come from upper level BAFA courses.

Business Projects:
Portfolios should include one project or product created in each of the upper level business courses required in the BAFA major (MGT 3301, MKT 3301, and Arts Administration, HUM/ART/DRA/MUS 3325).

Internship Summation:
Portfolios should include internship information limited to a summary of duties and a one-page description of your internship experience that includes an analysis of skills gained and an evaluation of the overall quality of your internship experience, including whether or not you would recommend this internship to other students. This section may also include documentation with brief explanation of any outside endeavors related to your degree (Student Initiated Projects, exhibitions, productions, etc.).

Portfolios must be submitted to the Fine Arts faculty via BlackBoard Learn. Since a portfolio will contain multiple parts in different formats, to make them easier to view all materials should be formatted and organized into a single PDF. Instructions for how to create your portfolio using Adobe Acrobat Pro have been posted in Blackboard.

Your portfolio will be assessed based on:

  • small blue arrow Minimum number of products included from each area (Introduction, Written Work, Studio Products, Business Products, and Internship Summation).
  • small blue arrow Thoroughness; your portfolio should contain examples from all areas of the fine arts, several excellent samples from your concentration area and all of the points listed above
  • small blue arrow Quality of work; the examples in your portfolio should be at or above entry-level work for positions in your field
  • small blue arrow Neatness and clarity; quantity should not be substituted for quality

Benefits To You
Your portfolio is designed to be a presentation of all the skill sets you learned while earning your degree and as such it is an excellent tool when seeking employment or applying for admission to a graduate institution. For this reason, we encourage you to begin crafting your portfolio early and to invest enough effort in your portfolio to create an impressive documentation of your degree work. This means that you will need to save your class work and document any projects, extracurricular or otherwise.

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts is an interdisciplinary degree and each discipline has specific expectations and formats for their portfolios. Please adhere to the portfolio guidelines for each area, with your concentration area taking precedence.

Art Portfolio
All parts of the portfolio mentioned above must be submitted electronically as a single PDF for students concentrating in either art history or studio art.

If your concentration area is in studio art, in addition to the general portfolio items your portfolio should include high quality resolution digital images (at least one megabyte) of at least ten of your best works. You should submit an image list that provides information about each work, including title, medium, and size. Consult the College Art Association guidelines for formatting: You should describe the assignment that led to each work’s production or the intention of each work.

Students should consult with Mr. Mark Cervenka or Mr. Floyd Newsum concerning the studio contents of their portfolio. Students should consult with Dr. Susan Baker or Dr. Azar Rejaie concerning the art history contents of their portfolio.  

Drama Portfolio
If your concentration area is drama, then it is likely that you have a variety of skills to showcase in your portfolio, from acting and directing to design and stagecraft, theatre history and dramaturgy. Your portfolio may include visual documentation (photos of ground plans, renderings, models, blocking charts, scene breakdowns, and/or video), as well as written descriptions and coursework. Your portfolio should be neatly grouped into the following areas. Organize the different areas with your strongest areas presented first.

When presenting your acting coursework, you may wish to include a short demo-CD of monologues, scenes, stage combat, etc. Still photos from productions, properly labeled with the title of show/character/venue/year performed, are also desirable.

When presenting your directing coursework, begin with a statement of purpose describing your directorial style. You should include a statement of your directorial concept for each production as well as still photos illustrating blocking, proximics, visual metaphor, special challenges, etc. Include copies of rehearsal schedules, scene divisions, cast handouts and favorable reviews, if any.

When presenting your design coursework, you should include class assignments as well as any realized coursework. If you are documenting an entire project, include a brief statement of the concept for that production, any preparatory work (research sources, rough sketches, costume charts, drafting, etc.), final renderings or models and photos of the completed design, if any.

When presenting your technical theatre coursework, you should include a short description of your construction process (including materials and tools used), process photos and a final photo of the project. If the project is used in a production, please include a photo of the project in use under show lighting conditions.

When presenting your theatre history or dramaturgy projects or writing samples, include your revised paper (with all spelling/grammatical corrections made, necessary clarifications, etc.) as well as a brief description of the assignment. Remember, the purpose of the writing sample in your portfolio is to show off your writing skills to future employers – you will want this document to be clear and to demonstrate attention to formatting details. If you have done a dramaturgical note in a program or a lobby display, either a copy of the note or a selection of pictures of the display would be appropriate.

Students concentrating in Drama must consult with Dr. Tom Lyttle, Dr. Kate Roark, Ms. Kelly Switzer, or Mr. Frank Vela concerning the Drama-related contents of their portfolio.

Music Portfolio
For students whose concentration area is music, all parts of the portfolio mentioned above must be submitted electronically.

The general portfolio items you should also include in your portfolio are at least three research papers (which must include bibliography) completed in upper-level music courses (these may simultaneously serve as your Writing (W) course samples). If a proposal was required as part of the assignment, it should be included. If not, a brief explanation of the purpose and goals of the assignment should be included. The papers should be submitted in electronic form using Microsoft Word and should include graphics and audio and/or video clips. One PowerPoint presentation created for course work or other purposes may be substituted for a proposal.

The portfolio must also include representative samples of music theory work. Among possible choices are major assignment from courses, composed and notated songs, and independent projects. MIDI and FINALE files may be part of this section.

Students who have performance studies as part of their education may include audio and/or video examples of their work. Among the possible choices are audio/video clips of your performances, either public or in class; MIDI clips of compositions; audio/video clips of your works being performed by others.  

Students concentrating in Music must consult with Dr. Yvonne Kendall or Dr. Carrie Allen concerning the Music-related contents of their portfolio.

BAFA Salon Information:

All BAFA students who submit a portfolio will participate in a Salon intended to showcase their skills. In the past, the word "Salon" called to mind two meanings; one was a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held to educate, instruct, and amuse through witty conversation and the display of one's talents, while the other was an official exhibition of art. At UHD, the BAFA Salon combines both definitions.

At this event, held once each Fall and Spring Semester, BAFA majors in the areas of Art, Drama, and Music will demonstrate excellence in their concentration area for the instruction, inspiration, and amusement of an audience made up of Fine Arts faculty as well as your fellow BAFA majors and your friends and families. This exhibition must include an oral presentation 8-10 minutes in length. The oral presentation should be focused on special projects from your area of concentration. Possible presentation formats include display of studio art projects with a brief introduction and explanation of the goals and influences on those works, performance of a monologue or short scene, musical performance, reading of a research paper, or other formats subject to BAFA faculty approval.

Please discuss how you intend to participate in the BAFA Salon with a Fine Arts faculty member in your concentration area, and with the BAFA Coordinator, Dr. Azar Rejaie [S-1081;; 713-222-5300]

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