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Art and design portfolio preparation and project development
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Digital Portfolio and online presentations
The art and design portfolio you need to get in!
We are pleased that you are considering applying to a visual arts college. As you begin to prepare for the application process, you will discover that the portfolio requirement is an important part of your application.
A portfolio is a collection of your best and most recent artwork that highlights your art experience. A portfolio is a visual archive of your artistic accomplishments that demonstrates your ability and potential as an artist. Students are encouraged to present a series of images that represents current interests.
Also, the portfolio should demonstrate an awareness of formal visual organizational principles and experience with a variety of tools, media, styles, and approaches.
Every visual arts college has its own specific portfolio requirements. You should research the portfolio requirements for each school to which you are planning to apply.
Get outside opinions of your artwork before the year in which you plan to apply. It is important to show your work to others and to ask for critiques with enough time to benefit from the feedback. This will help you be aware of your progress, as well as areas that may need further development. Teachers, and artists from Liiving Art Studio can offer this type of informal and in-depth review.
Strong technical art skills. This means a comprehensive knowledge of the tools and materials used to create visual arts. An example of this would be a display of stippling, hatching, and cross-hatching for prospective illustrators and a solid demonstrated knowledge of Photoshop for graphic designers.
Creativity. Can you effectively communicate your creative thoughts? Do you think outside the box? Are you a well-rounded artist? Is your art inspiring, exciting… different? Ask these questions of yourself throughout your career as an artist and make sure you’re on the right track to maintaining your creative vision.
Drawing from direct observation. As an artist, it’s important to be observant of the world around you and to be able to capture it in your artwork. Drawing directly from observation shows that you’re perceptive and that you have the technical skill needed to succeed as an artist.
Examples of skills. This means showing your talent in more than just one artistic medium. Art schools look for well-rounded artists, students who are interested in learning many different skill sets and those who can work cross-functionally.
Attend a National Portfolio Day. National Portfolio Day events take place all over the country, and California College of the Arts attends a majority of them.
At these events prospective students bring their portfolios to meet with admissions representatives from many different schools. They will review your work, offer guidance in the preparation and presentation of your portfolio, and provide information about programs of study, admission requirements, scholarships, and financial aid. This may be another opportunity to have your portfolio approved for admission on the spot!
"An admissions portfolio for first year students should consist of 10 to 15 digital images of your best and most recent work. Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit up to 20 digital images. The work can demonstrate course assignments, personal projects, or work experience.
Your portfolio should include a focused series of images that shows your current interests, and additional work that reveals an awareness of formal visual organizational principles and experience with a variety of tools, media, styles, and approaches.
We prefer that the majority of drawings submitted in the portfolio be derived from direct observation rather than other sources (such as photographs). Still life, landscape, figure drawings, portrait, perspective, and diagrammatic drawings are all recommended. Further two-, three-, or four-dimensional work may be abstract or representational and may range from design projects to fine art pieces or installation documentation." - California Colledge of Arts*