GSAS Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirements: 

Applicants (except incoming freshmen) are required to submit:

  1. A statement of intent
  2. A portfolio that demonstrates creative excellence and preparation for interdisciplinary studies in games

Portfolios can include up to 10 examples of what the applicant considers to be his or her best work. 

Successful portfolios may include:

  • Games created by the applicant, either digital or non-digital
  • Interactive digital media and artworks
  • 3D models
  • Animation, either digital or non-digital
  • Visual art and design in any media (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, etc.)
  • Audio recordings
  • Creative writing samples
  • Game mods
  • Level designs
  • Computer programs (including programs other than games), written by the applicant that demonstrate originality and problem-solving ability

Incoming Students: 

Submitting a portfolio is optional for students applying as freshmen, but should an applicant want to include one, it can be uploaded to our online portfolio system:

Supported Formats: 

  1. Images (5MB each: jpg, png, gif)
  2. Videos (60MB each: mov, wmv, flv)
  3. PDF (10MB each: pdf)
  4. Audio (10MB each: mp3)

If the online portfolio system does not support your submission, CD or DVD portfolios without original work can be mailed to: 

Rensselaer Admissions
Undergraduate Programs
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590

Current Rensselaer Students:

  • Submit a digital portfolio via Box (request an account for your @RPI email here).
  • Contact HASS Student Services (in-person or via when you're ready to submit your portfolio.

HASS Student Services Hub
Russell Sage Lab 4307
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180-3590


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Russell Sage Laboratory (SAGE) 5304, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-6575

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