Current or prospective students wishing to receive Foundations course credit for previous work can participate in our Credit by Portfolio Review process. This applies to ART 162: Drawing Foundations, ART 164: Design Foundations, and ART 166: 3-D Foundations, and allocation of transfer and/or AP credits (for incoming students, transfer students, and students who have recently declared an Art Major).

Eligibility:

  • Incoming (accepted and enrolled) first-year and transfer students with a declared Major and/or Minor in the Department of Art 
  • Students with declared Major and/or Minor in the Department of Art 
  • Transfer students who have previously taken one or more studio classes equivalent to ART 162, 164, and 166    

Process:

  1. Print and complete the Credit by Portfolio Review form.
  2. Bring the form to the Cashier's Office in 121 Graff Main Hall to pay $20 "Credit by Examination/Credit by Portfolio Review" fee. Staple your receipt to the form.
  3. Prepare your application file in consultation with a Department of Art faculty member. Your materials should include the following in Adobe PDF format:

        a.     A portfolio of 10-15 images. Image files should be formatted as JPEGS of maximum size of 100 MB. Please title your image files with your last name and sequence, for          example: Smith_01.jpg, Smith _02.jpg). Images may include such items as:     

      • Observational drawing from life or still life
      • Figurative or expressive portrait/self-portrait from life (any media)
      • Works in 2-D or 3-D media that clearly express a concept beyond formal principles and technicalities (submit relevant work for the studio area you are seeking credit)

        b.     Statement of purpose: Please explain your experience in Studio Art and your reasons for requesting course credit, explicitly stating: 

        • Which course/courses you are requesting placement out of  
        • Whether you are requesting reallocation of transfer or AP credit or credit by examination
        • Document should be 500 words maximum

        c.     Image list, numbered corresponding to submitted images including title, media, dimensions (H x W x D), and date.  PDF format. 

        d.     A letter of support by an art instructor inside or outside of the department emailed directly to art@uwlax.edu with subject heading “Portfolio Review Committee.”

  4. Email application materials to to art@uwlax.edu. Please put the words “Portfolio Review Committee” in the subject heading of your email.

Any questions about the process should be directed to art@uwlax.edu. Please put the words “Portfolio Review Committee” in the subject heading of your email. Current students may consult with Department faculty about their application.