Creating an art portfolio for college is one thing. Creating an art portfolio that will get you into college, however, is another.
Your four years in high school is meant to build you a future once you graduate on your senior year. And if your aim upon graduating from high school is to become a college art student, then you must plan out your way towards that path as early as today!
Along the way, the biggest obstacle you will encounter is the creation of a winning art portfolio. Not just a portfolio that contains your artworks to be submitted to college admission, but a portfolio that is strategically compiled and crafted so that each piece included show your current skills and potential and is arranged in such a way that you are able to tell a story about who you are as a potential art student in college.
You have to consider the fact that, out of 2,000 college applicants, only 50-200 students get in. If you have a below-average grade point average in high school and have submitted a substandard art portfolio, then your slim chances of getting into college have just gotten much slimmer!
Therefore, it is important that you make an art portfolio as best as it can be to ensure that you get into the best art or design program in college on your first try!
Below are tips on how you can make art portfolios that will get you into college.
Order the pieces of your portfolio
Including your best artworks in your portfolio is a no-brainer. However, the impact your art portfolio makes depends on how you compile and order your pieces.
Hermann Ebbinghaus, who coined the serial position effect, performed studies that affirms the tendency of people to remember the first and last objects in a series. The primary effect refers to how people remember the first object the best, while the recency effect refers to people remembers the last object the most.
Keeping this in mind, you need to place your two best works that showcase your skill on the first and last pages of your art portfolio. This should ensure that the pieces you are proud of the most will be the ones that will be easily remembered by college professors who will deliberate your application.
If they are impressed with what they remember, then you are on track into becoming an art student in college!
The middle portion of your portfolio contains your supporting documentation. The pieces found here are neither your best nor your most promising, but they should nonetheless be organized in such a way that they create a flow that logically until it reaches at the end with your best work. To learn more about this, click here.
Check out portfolios that got students accepted to college
What better way to find out the kind of art portfolio that gets students into college than reviewing the ones that do?
ConceptArt has a running forum thread that asks its members the name of the college or university and the program they applied to, as well as the art portfolio they submitted as part of the requirements. The purpose of the thread is to see the quality and the kinds of pieces that different colleges and universities look for in art portfolios submitted by applicants.
If you see one of the users on the thread got accepted to the program you plan on applying to, then it’s best to view the link to their art portfolio and check out their art portfolios. Look at their composition and compare them to what you have right now. It’s also best that you respond to the thread or personally reach out to the users and get some advice or tips on how to make your portfolio better.
For our personal example of an art portfolio that got accepted in college, below is an architecture portfolio by Adam Oliphant. His works got him accepted at the Architectural Science Program at Ryerson University.
Get your portfolio assessed
So you’ve taken up units of art classes during high school. You’ve reviewed some of the best online resources on how to make your college art portfolio. You’ve done everything under your power to develop your skills to improve the pieces in your portfolio. Question is, will these be enough to get you into college?
In truth, these won’t be enough.
At this stage in your life, there’s only so much you know about making art. You haven’t practiced art at a professional level and studied art at a more advanced level just yet to see that your portfolio will contain errors that you won’t see even if you reviewed them multiple times.
To really boost your chances of getting into arts college, get help from a professional artist or a portfolio coach who has the experience of making and teaching art.
From their objective review of your portfolio, you will be able to see aspects of your work that need refining and improvement. This coach will also assist you on building your drawing fundamentals that are crucial in creating strong and refined pieces for your portfolio.
If you really are serious in getting into college, then you must be serious in putting out an art portfolio that will “WOW” college professors, who will have no choice but to accept your application to their art program!
To do this, you will need to help of “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot. She is responsible for getting high school seniors such as Adam and others to come up with an art portfolio that showcases their technique and creativity in a compelling manner. With her expertise and experience of teaching art to students, she also boasts a 100% acceptance rate – all her students have gotten into their art and design colleges of choice!
To learn more about Karen’s coaching services, click here or on the link below!