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Follow the guidelines below for the MEDIA ARTS Portfolio Requirements.

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Student Essay
On a separate sheet, describe ways in which your involvement in the arts has enriched your life. Please double- space and limit your thoughts to 500 words. (See Essay Rubric)

Video/ Film Production, Photography, Graphic Arts
Applicants are required to submit work that best exemplifies the extent and quality of their accomplishments. The panelists encourage applicants to present work, which illustrates their knowledge of film and video production and appreciation for moving images or for photography or graphic arts, the development of original ideas in the work submitted – imagination, competence and the skillful use of the media. The emphasis is on expressing their artistic point of view. The work should demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate ideas using imagination and a willingness to take creative risks.

While it is expected that applicants will consult w/ their teachers in the selection of portfolio material, applicants are urged to submit work they, themselves, feel best represents their creative interests. Technically proficient but more importantly, the artist must demonstrate a personal aesthetic, one that promises an original contribution to the visual arts.

Video and Film Production Submissions
While collaborative work is acceptable, the applicant must have primary creative responsibility for the material and must identify his or her role in the work (works that suggest visual, audio or written plagiarism, i.e. a direct copy of another artist’s work, will be disqualified). Music must be original, or copyright releases must be provided. Panelists are not influenced by the number of roles or quantity of work submitted. Send only your highest quality work.

  • Conveys feelings
  • Creates emotional interest
  • Clear visual point of view
  • Original Thinking
  • Willingness to take creative risks

Applicants are required to:

  1. Record any video/film submissions and Upload to YouTube.  See Recording Requirements for additional information.   If you need guidance please contact: scholarartist@longislandartsalliance.org
  2. Must contain one complete work followed by additional excerpts from up to three other works or works-in-progress.
  3. The total video cannot exceed ten minutes in length. If your film is longer than ten minutes, please cut down to a trailer but put the entire film at the end of your submission.

Photography  Submissions
Applicants are asked to present work that will best exemplify the extent and quality of their accomplishment as well as conveying feelings and creating emotional interest, or work that clearly expresses a visual point of view. The portfolio should demonstrate original thinking, an artistic commitment and a willingness to take creative risks. While it is expected that applicants will consult with their teachers in the selection of portfolio material, applicants are urged to submit work they feel best represents their creative interests.

All forms of photography are accepted in any format including: documentary, color, black and white, non-silver processes, digital, and mixed media. Work need not be done during the current school year, but must be original work and can be done in or out of school. Work that suggests visual plagiarism (i.e., a direct copy of another artist’s work) will NOT be accepted.

  • Conveys feelings
  • Creates emotional interest
  • Clear visual point of view
  • Original thinking
  • Willingness to take creative risks

Graphic Arts Submissions
Applicants are asked to present work that will best exemplify the extent and quality of their accomplishment as well as conveying feelings and creating emotional interest, or work that clearly expresses a visual point of view. The portfolio should demonstrate original thinking, an artistic commitment and a willingness to take creative risks. While it is expected that applicants will consult with their teachers in the selection of portfolio material, applicants are urged to submit work they feel best represents their creative interests.

Digital Submissions for Photography and Graphic Arts

  1. Upload online ten (10) images
    • Five images reflecting a consistent body of work based on a cohesive idea or technique
    • Five images showing the full range of the participant’s work and interest
  2. Images should be uploaded online here.
  3. Individual entries must be in JPEG file format only. Any other format, such as BMP, TIFF, PSD, etc., will be disqualified.
  4. File size:  maximum dimensions (tall or wide) should be 1000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. NO LARGER THAN 5MB  (Questions please contact scholarartist@longislandartsalliance.org)
  5. Saved properly (your last and first initial as in Jane Doe – doej01, doej02, etc.)   Do not use any characters (#$&@) or spaces. PDF files should be numbered accordingly and PPT slides should be in proper order.

Fact Sheet – Submit a fact sheet with your name and school as a PDF file that describes each piece by filename (doej01 with thumbnail), the title of the work, the dimensions of the actual work and the media used. See the “Content” information above for proper ordering of images. Fact sheet will be submitted as File #11 on upload form.

 Technical Specifications for Images Created Using a Digital Camera

  • Set camera for “jpeg” format.
  • Set camera for “fine” or “extra fine” resolution not “web” or “normal”
  • Use a 2+ megapixel camera that has a high resolution setting
  • Image pixel size should be at least 1500 X 2100.
  • Image print size should be at least 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi.
  • Image file size should be at least 1 MB but no greater than 5 MB.

Technical Specifications for Scanning Photographs/Slides

  • Scan slides at 400%
  • Scan photographs at 100% using at least 600 dpi.
  • Image print size should be at least 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi.

The participant is responsible for the quality of the submission and the quality of the images will affect judging. Images that are out of focus, poorly lit, or difficult to see will be disqualified.

DO NOT SUBMIT (This will disqualify you)

  • images created with camera phones
  • images designated as “web-ready”
  • audio with your pictures
  • embedded images into Microsoft Word

Please note that portfolios that are not submitted according to the format rules listed above will be disqualified. All portfolio submissions will become the property of the Long Island Scholar Artist Scholarship Committee and will not be returned to the student applicant.

Refer to these files for more information:

MA Photo Rubric
MA Video Rubric
MA Graphic Arts Rubric
Essay Rubric
Recording Requirements

For additional information, please contact
John Gallagher at 631-345-2960

John J. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Chair, Scholar-Artist Educator’s Committee
30 Swezey Lane
Middle Island, NY 11953

or
the Media Arts sub-committee contact:
Carol Brown