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Portfolio Review

At Illinois Wesleyan University, a portfolio review is required for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program and/or to qualify for art scholarships.  Students applying for a B.A. degree in art are not required to submit a portfolio.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email which includes a link to the applicant's status page.  Visit this page to upload a digital portfolio for review.  Students may also present their work in person by contacting the Office of Admissions at 309-556-3031 or 800-332-2498.

To create a digital portfolio, we suggest using a high-quality digital camera to photograph artwork against a neutral background.  The resolution should be sufficiently high to identify the smallest details of the original work of art.

The portfolio should consist of a minimum of ten examples of your best and most recent work.  

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • The school of art at Illinois Wesleyan University offers Alumni Talent Scholarships in Art to deserving students. These renewable scholarships, currently ranging in value from $8,000-$12,000, are awarded on the basis of a portfolio review and academic background to candidates for admission to the school.
  • In addition, Illinois Wesleyan University helps students obtain grants, campus employment and loans based on financial need. Families must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FASFA) and an Illinois Wesleyan University Financial Aid Application or CSS Profile. Learn more about financial aid at IWU.