GSAS Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirements: 

Incoming students are not required to submit a portfolio, however, it is highly encouraged! 

Current RPI students are required to submit a portfolio. 


Portfolio Requirements:

  1. A statement of intent
  2. A portfolio that demonstrates creative excellence and preparation for interdisciplinary studies in games
  3. Portfolio Description Sheet 
  4. Plan of Study 

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 ( when you're ready to submit your portfolio.


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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