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Why do I need an art portfolio? . R epresents the type of artist you are Highlights your artistic strengths It is your ticket into the school of your choosing. You can submit to earn scholarships for school! . What kind of work should I include? .  Yes!.

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Why do I need an art portfolio?

Represents the type of artist you are

Highlights your artistic strengths

It is your ticket into the school of your choosing.

You can submit to earn scholarships for school!

What kind of work should I include?

 Yes!

Original work from direct observation

No drawings of other people’s drawings! (No well known characters, no copies of well known art, absolutely nothing from another artist’s work)

Admissions officers are well trained to quickly spot artworks that have been copied from photographs or that have been lifted from other resources.

You need to prove that you can translate 3D concepts into a 2D space, that you can rotate a subject and keep the correct proportions and perspective.

Choose your best and most recent work

(within the last 12 months)

No 

Have a variety of subject matter

This demonstrates your willingness and interest to work with different topics.

Include: Figures, self-portraits, still-lifes, landscapes, interiors, etc.

Admissions officers don’t want to see a portfolio of twenty self-portraits.  

A portfolio with only one topic comes across as narrow minded and limited.

(Typically) Every piece should be a finished work and presented neatly

Be sure that everything in your portfolio is a work that has been 100% fully realized.  

Unless the schoolspecifically requests to see images from a sketchbook, assume that they want to see finished works.

This means no white backgrounds, no dirty fingerprints, no ripped edges, no half finished figures, etc.

Some art schools will require that you submit your sketchbook along with your portfolio to help them understand how you developed your ideas.

Dirty pages!

Demonstrate versatility in a range of different media.

This shows you have taken the initiative to learn and develop skills in contrasting media.  

It shows that you have more than one skill set, and can move fluidly from one media into the next.

Include drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, digital media, printmaking, or anything else that you’ve had experience with.

Demonstrate good technical skills.

 Yes!

Accomplished drawings are the heart of a successful portfolio when applying at the undergraduate level.

Make sure that you have the basics down: anatomy, color, lighting, etc. A creative art piece without proper proportions is not going to impress.

Drawing is like the foundational skill – you need to know how to do it to succeed in all other mediums

Proportion of neck is off and the first thing you notice 



Ask an art teacher for help before you submit!

Typically, the college will ask for a certain number of works.

An art teacher or someone in the art world can help you edit and choose your strongest pieces.

The images below are a former 2D Art student’s.

* She is applying for a scholarship and needs to submit work. *

Look at how much just simple cropping does!

What is National Portfolio Day?

National Portfolio Day

FREE event specifically for visual artists and designers.

An opportunity for anyone who wishes to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. 

High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

Top Ranking Art Schools in the U.S.Rhode Island School of Design

Freshman Application

Resources for art scholarships:

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

  • Young Arts Program

  • National Sculpture Society

  • Find College Scholarships

  • Design Sponge Scholarships

Photographing work -

  • Photograph outdoors or using natural light where possible.

  • For three-dimensional work, make sure you have additional lighting to avoid creating shadows. Turn the piece on an angle that is most interesting.

  • For 2D work, crop the image to get rid of distracting backgrounds

  • Make sure the image is level with an even amount of border or white space around the edges – use a tripod!

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