Getting into an art school can be pretty challenging. You’ve got to have that artistic skill, passion, motivation… the list goes on. But one of the many factors that play an important part in your admission would be your portfolio. Your portfolio will give the school an idea of what your artistic skill is like or if it fits your chosen degree. At this point you must be asking yourself, “What will make a great art portfolio?” or “How can I make my portfolio impressive for the art school I’m applying for?”
Here are a few factors that universities look for in an art portfolio:
UNIQUENESS. In the sea of art school applicants, you really want your portfolio to stand out. Making it unique and one of a kind is the way to go. And remember, the school is doing admissions for years and they definitely want to see and hear fresh ideas from their potential students. So, don’t forget to do your research and get some inspiration before you start on your portfolio.
PASSION. Your portfolio tells a lot about you. That’s why it’s important to showcase something that you are really passionate about. This portfolio will speak on behalf of you, so make sure you show them the real you and what you really care about.
ORGANIZED. Keep in mind that your portfolio should be clean and organized according to how you wanted each artwork to be presented. This will also give them an idea that you didn’t rush it and actually had a lot of time in creating one.
PRESENTATION. There are times that the school will give you the chance to explain and include an essay or personal statement about your portfolio. There are many different ways on how you can talk about it. You can tell a story and connect one artwork to another, or you can discuss them individually. Remember that this is about you and who you really are, so speak from the heart. You may also want to keep it short and simple.
We know that creating one art is easier said than done, how much more an art portfolio right? It’s not something that you can do overnight. But that’s what makes it special; you pour your heart and time into an artwork and create a beauty out of it that only you can explain.
Once you get to art school it will be even more challenging. So, we hope that you keep that passion for art burning!
The creation of art is the passion. The completion of art only ignites another creation. (Jeffrey Breslow)