A portfolio will be due at the end of each academic year by all Virtual Technology and Design majors. See below for specific requirements by year.
• Admission to 2nd year studio
• Learn to develop digital portfolios
• Explore your work from, but not limited to:
• Art 110, 112, 121
• VTD 151-154
Requirements for advancement in the program include:
2) 2nd Year Application
Admission to 3rd year studio
Explore and tell the story of:
- Your creative work from University of Idaho projects
- Your creative work from other post high school educational institutions, high school and personal projects
1) Summer Contact Information
2) Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address
3) A picture of yourself
4) Personal Statement
Describe any interests or background information that you feel might be valuable to us during the evaluation process. The length of the narrative should not exceed 1000 words.
Include your best creative work using one or all of the following media forms:
VTD151-154 World Building, VTD245 Advanced Modeling Projects, VTD246 Advanced Lighting and Materials, design studio projects, images of creative work such as game mods (levels, characters, props, etc.), sculpture, furniture, paintings, drawings, graphic design, web page development.
Animation projects, design studio projects, creative cinematography, performance art, dance, theater, etc.
Virtual Worlds (Unity 3D Projects / VirTools / Second Life)
VTD271 projects, VTD372 projects, design studio projects, other creative projects
Poetry, short stories, essays, articles, plays, etc.
Performance, composition, sound design and editing, etc.
Transcript from Non-University of Idaho Schools, including GPA.
• Develop a digital professional portfolio for internships and summer employment
• Review of work created in the VTD 3rd year studio
• Review of work created in the VTD technical classes
• 10 percent of 3rd year studio (VTD356) grade
• Develop a digital professional portfolio for graduate school and/or career building
• Only fourth-year portfolios will be accepted as public web sites.
All Virtual Technology & Design (VTD) majors are required to have a notebook computer and appropriate software for any VTD course in which they are enrolled.
The required notebook computers must be in compliance with the performance specifications outlined below:
Intel® i7-6700HQ or above
System Memory (RAM)
8 GB minimum
16+ GB recommended
1920 x 1080, or higher
15.6" or 17"
It is recommended that you specify video chipsets that use dedicated (discrete) RAM. Video chipsets that employ a hybrid memory sharing technology are acceptable, but not ideal. A number of integrated video chipsets rely entirely on shared system RAM, these chipsets are not recommended.
Nvidia® GTX 1060 or higher
Video Memory (RAM)
2 GB minimum
4 GB+ suggested
Network Interface Card (NIC)
Wireless Network Interface Card
College of Art and Architecture facilities are wireless ready (802.11 b/g/n compatible).
512GB 5400 rpm, minimum
1TB 7200 rpm, recommended
Solid State Drive, recommended for better performance
USB Flash Drive (recommended)
USB Hard Drive (good for projects and backup)
External Mouse (USB or wireless)
Security Lock and Cable
Notebook Cooling Device
Manufacturer's Extended Warranty
Windows 10 Professional 64 bit (The HOME versions of Windows are NOT recommended)
Mac OS X 10.10.5+ (To run some windows based software you will need to use BootCamp or setup a virtual
machine. Both of these solutions will require a purchase of a Windows OS)
Security software is available from the university. For more information, log into ITS Support.