Portfolio Q&A

How do I submit my portfolio online?
Submitting your online portfolio is done by visiting Carnegie Mellon University’s SlideRoom portal. You must first register/create an account at the above website in order to upload your portfolio.

What if I have already registered/submitted an online portfolio through another institution's SlideRoom portal?
As many institutions use SlideRoom as their applicant portfolio management system if you have already created an account, you do not need to create another one to submit to Carnegie Mellon.  You may use the email and password that you have already created on SlideRoom. Please note, that the SlideRoom system only allows applicants one email account.

Who do I contact if I'm having a technical issue?
Once you have registered, you will see a Help tab on the online portal.  From this section of the website you will be able to submit your technical questions and a representative from SlideRoom will contact you.  Technical issues with submitting your online portfolio should not be sent to Carnegie Mellon University.

Do I need to submit multiple portfolios if I'm applying to more than one area at Carnegie Mellon?
Yes.  Each program is a separate School at Carnegie Mellon and there are different portfolio requirements.  You can indicate to which area(s) of Carnegie Mellon you wish to submit your portfolio upon registering/creating your SlideRoom account.  Please note, that portfolios submitted to only one area will not be viewed for other programs.

How much does submitting an online portfolio cost?
Each portfolio submission requires a $10.00 fee that is paid online.  For example, if you are submitting your portfolio to the School of Art and the School of Design, you will be charged $20.00.

I have a couple of pieces that consist of more than one picture, like a 20 page illustrated book. Since it is only possible to upload 25 slides, is there a common way to solve this problem?
We realize that many applicants have works that cannot be shown in their entirety.  It is up to each applicant to edit and present their work in the way that best shows what they are doing within the limited frame of the application portfolio.  For videos and films this means selecting the most essential portions of the films for reviewers to view.  What you choose to include and exclude can show reviewers something about what you consider to be important about your own work.  For a project with multiple portions, perhaps a compromise approach would work well -- one image that gives an overview of multiple pages, followed by one or two detail shots of individual pages.  SlideRoom provides you with space to describe each work submitted, so you may certainly reference each item as a portion of the whole.

As there are size limitations to what I can submit, am I permitted to send a couple DVDs of higher quality by mail in addition to the versions uploaded onto slide room?
No.  The portfolio reviewers are not accepting any mail in portfolios or supplements and are looking to the items selected, submitted and described within the online portal to make the reviews.

I plan to come to campus to show my portfolio, do I still need to submit my portfolio online?
No. The School of Art allows students submitting their work on campus to bring pieces to campus.  If you are showing on campus, you should not submit an online portfolio directly to the School of Art.