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Portfolio Guidelines | Certificate Program

Candidates considered for acceptance into the 2-year program must convey an intermediate to an advanced level foundation in traditional art and/or design, or possess strong proficiency in computer graphics. Ideal candidates have received formal art training in the form of individual art courses, intensive self-teaching, industry experience, or a 4-year art program.

Students are welcome to request a preliminary review of their portfolios prior to submission. If you are interested in receiving feedback regarding where you stand in relation to Gnomon’s portfolio requirements, please send your work and information regarding your program of interest to

Cornerstones of an Admissible Portfolio

Portfolios are judged based on four cornerstones of admissibility.

Admissions - Portfolio Guidelines - Cornerstone

What to Include

Your admissions portfolio should showcase your proficiency and technical ability in collaboration while reflecting your artistic interests and identity. Ideal portfolios will reflect a broad range of influences, styles, and subject matter. Portfolio pieces should display creativity and artistic range.

This can include, but is not limited to;

  • anatomical studies
  • figurative and gestural pieces
  • hard surface and perspective renderings
  • traditional and digital paintings
  • sculpture
  • graphic design
  • 3D art
  • animation
  • motion graphics
  • photography

Examples of entertainment art are highly recommended and can include characters, environments, vehicles, and props. Portfolios should contain between 15-20 samples of original artwork by the applicant for review.

We recommend showcasing your creative process through a range of sketches and renderings, including early concept design sketches, design variations, and finished renderings. Sketchbooks are a welcome addition and are considered a single piece.

All pieces should be labeled with the approximate date of completion, the medium or software used, as well as any other information about the piece that will provide insight into how the piece was conceptualized and executed. Artwork created from reference must indicate so and give proper credit to reference sources. Other artists' work is not considered an appropriate reference source, with the exception of pieces created in 3D from 2D concepts. Artwork created directly from a tutorial is not considered an original piece and should not be submitted.


Presentation is a component of your portfolio that can either enhance or diminish your artwork. Your portfolio should be presented in a thoughtful and organized fashion that is convenient to access and view. Portfolio submissions must be labeled clearly with the applicant's name and contact information.

We accept the following formats only:

  • personal URLs (no social media websites please)
  • hard drives or thumb drives
  • video files
  • PDF documents

Traditional artwork should be scanned or photographed and presented digitally in PDF format, providing adequate lighting, cropping, and image size considerations are made.

Submitting Your Portfolio

All portfolios can be sent digitally to or emailed directly to your assigned admissions advisor. Large files may be sent using third-party file-sharing services, if necessary.