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Portfolio Requirements

NOTE: This is a summary of portfolio requirements. You must download complete portfolio requirements and instructions from the FIT Admissions Office in order to complete and submit your portfolio.


Portfolio submissions for Jewelry Design consist of: a design test, a portfolio of original work, written essays, additional essays for one-year full-time degree applicants, and a portfolio cover page. We want to understand your creative process in both written and visual components.

PART ONE: Design Test

The Design Test is a very important part of the total portfolio evaluation. We request that you put thought and effort into the concept, design, and execution of these projects. As a jewelry design applicant, you will be required to complete a sketching test using a new original design. You will also complete an inspiration test, designing a piece of wearable jewelry for a living or historic icon.

PART TWO: Your Original Artwork

As part of the requirements for admission to Art and Design majors, applicants must submit original work for evaluation by the FIT faculty. Applicants to the Jewelry Design program are expected to submit a competitive selection of their best original artwork--both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

One-Year Full-Time Associate Degree Studio Option applicants: you must include finished jewelry or metal objects you have created by your own hand; this is in addition to any beadwork, wire wrapping, or “found materials” items you may have.

PART THREE: Written Essays

You will be required to provide a series of short essays (500 words or less). Please respond thoughtfully and note that your answers do not replace the essay/academic history that you are required to submit as part of your FIT/SUNY application.

PART FOUR: Additional Essays for One-Year Full-Time AAS Applicants

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