Tomlynn Biondo

MFA Graphic Design, Marywood University 2012
Works as a designer at Seventh Generation in Burlington, Vermont

"Tomlynn is a graduate of the "Get Your Masters With The Masters" MFA Program in Design & Illustration"

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Portfolio Guidelines

After receiving an acceptance letter from Marywood's Admissions office, all new art students must then submit a portfolio to be admitted into the Art Department. Portfolios may be submitted any time in the fall or spring however only incoming freshmen portfolios submitted before February 15 will be considered for an Art Talent Award (see below).


Portfolios must be in one of the following formats:

  • Actual art work
  • Digital: CD (JPEG or PDF format)

Include a printed or digital list of all your portfolio pieces that details each item's medium, size, title, concept, software used, etc.


Your portfolio should include 12 to 15 original works. You can include personal projects and anything you completed in high school art classes or private lessons.

Your portfolio should demonstrate artistic technique, style, conceptualization, and creativity. If possible, include works that represent your chosen medium or area of interest. If you'd like to major in photography, for example, try to include photographs in your portfolio.

Include a variety of media, if possible:

  • Drawings in pencil, ink, or charcoal
  • Paintings in oil, acrylic, or watercolor
  • 3D work in clay, wood, metal, fiber, or foamcore
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Computer graphics
  • Digital illustration


In addition to your portfolio, you must also submit a short essay (250-300 words) describing your goals and how they relate to your chosen major. Please include a hardcopy of your essay with your portfolio.

Returning Portfolios

Portfolios must be picked up no later than 10 days after submission. Only CD portfolios will be returned by mail. Please include a padded, stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like us to return your CD portfolio.

Submissions by Mail

Marywood University
Insalaco Center for Studio Arts #120
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509


Art Talent Award

If you would like to be considered for an Art Talent Award, your portfolio must be submitted to the Art Department by February 15. Portfolios received after February 15 have no guarantee that award monies will still be available.

Your portfolio must be left with the Art Department 2-4 days for evaluation. You will be notified by mail if you receive an award.

Art Talent Awards are only available to incoming freshman students and transfer students from another school's art program. Once you have registered for classes, you cannot receive an award.

Download a copy of our Portfolio Requirements Checklist