College and portfolio help
Here are links to web pages that offer lists of art schools and colleges. You
will find some schools on all of the lists and others only on one or two.
Every school has specific portfolio requirements. It is essential that you
contact the school or check out their portfolio requirements online for content
and format (slides, original works, etc) required by that school.
All schools want to see observational drawing - even the computer graphics,
animation, and multimedia majors should have strong observational drawing.
Use your sketchbook to 'think' - try out ideas, draw small studies, still
life, lettering, people, design. Show the way you think. Many schools accept a
sketchbook as part of your portfolio if you go in person.
List of Sketchbook ideas
Follow this link to an excellent article on preparing your portfolio.
- Most colleges expect 12 - 20 pieces in your portfolio.
- Keep all of your work stored in a flat box or portfolio, with tissue
over chalk or pastels.
- Select portfolio pieces based on college requirements.
- Show depth and breadth.
- Organize portfolio with strongest piece first, next strongest piece at
the end. Have a logical progression of work.
- Take color slides of all work - at least 3 slides of each artwork.
Create three- five sets of your portfolio slides.
- Practice showing your portfolio to family and friends to prepare for the
- Attend a Portfolio Review Day (meet college reps, practice showing work,
see other portfolios
Suggestions for a well-rounded portfolio:
- Sketchbook: A visual record of thoughts and ideas. Preliminary studies
for larger more finished work, etc. May include writing, collage, etc.
- Things to avoid: Anything that may be viewed as a cliche.
- Disney characters, sunsets, super-heroes, models, work that is not
original, should be avoided.