Digital Design Portfolio Overview

Admission to Digital Design, as a major or minor, requires submitting a Portfolio for review by the official Application Deadline. Two design classes are open to students prior to admission –  FINE 2405 Intro to Digital Design and  FINE 2415 Typography.  All other design classes require acceptance into the Digital Design program.  Please contact the CAM Advising office for details and questions if you are transferring from another school.

The purpose of the Portfolio Review is to ensure that students have the skills required for successful completion of the program. Portfolios are reviewed by members of the Digital Design faculty. The final score determines a result of either a Pass or a No Pass.

The Digital Design program is a Fall start program. Upon acceptance, you will earn exclusive access to upper-division Digital Design classes.  Students who have not passed the Portfolio Review, regardless of experience or class standing, are not qualified and will be blocked from enrolling or taking Digital Design classes.

Do not assume that achieving high grades in design classes ensures a passing score in the Review. Course grades are determined by factors such as attendance, participation, quizzes and tests, reading assignments, process work, exercises, and software skills as well as the creative work. Portfolio pieces for the Portfolio Review, however, will be judged according to their own merits, without reference to all the factors named above.

This Portfolio Review is based primarily on creative performance and for transfer students a cumulative GPA. Additional criteria include writing examples and contextual statements that will also contribute to the evaluation as secondary elements. The focus of the Portfolio Review is on the totality of the creative work presented, with emphasis placed on the ability to demonstrate the expertise needed to be successful in the Digital Design program.

Current CU Denver students must be submit their portfolio application through the Canvas course. Transfer students will submit by emailing a multipage PDF to Bryan Leister, at by the Application Deadline.

You can find instructions for submitting your portfolio on the Portfolio Submission Instructions page. Your portfolio will include 5 samples of work and a completed Design Project.


Please contact for additional program and portfolio submission information.

Digital design faculty will be happy to review your work prior to submission, but we cannot show you examples of past portfolios. Design faculty include Brian DeLevie, Michelle Carpenter, Bryan Leister and Travis Vermilye.