Back in the day, college applicants in any art and design program will be asked to submit their portfolios through mail. People prepare an art portfolio made of 35mm slides that shows all their creative works. Painting, sculptors, and 3D art are photographed and turned to slides that will be included in the portfolio. The portfolio is then delivered to the school and will be checked by the professors. After deliberation, applicants have the option to ask for their portfolios back from the school, which will then mail the portfolio back to the owners.
Nowadays, applicants can register for an account and upload scanned photos of their works. The tool will notify the school if a portfolio has been uploaded by an applicant so professors can browse through their works. Once done checking, professors can evaluate the applicant, who won’t have to ask for their portfolios back.
Such convenience and efficiency in the evaluation of art portfolio are made available by SlideRoom.
What is SlideRoom?
SlideRoom is a portfolio management tool that lets applicants upload their artworks so reviewers can easily manage the stream of portfolios they receive during college admissions.
This tool present many advantages for both student and professor and, as mentioned, one of them is the ease of delivering, receiving, and managing art portfolios. On the part of students, they don’t have to spend on reproducing their artworks on 35mm slides or requirements asked by the school. All they need to do is scan their works, upload, and just wait for word from the school about their application.
For professors, SlideRoom allows them to streamline the process of reviewing student portfolios. For some schools, receiving art portfolios in the mail can be an inconvenience since they come in all shapes and forms and applicants normally ask for their portfolios back. With SlideRoom, professors will just need a computer with Internet access to browse through the works of students.
SlideRoom has even made its interface accessible for people with visual and motor impairments. This makes the tool easier to use for disabled people who have a difficult time using a computer.
Here is a partial list of art and design schools who are using Slideroom to receive art portfolios from applicants.
- Rhode Island School of Design
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Virginia Commonwealth University Arts
- California Institute of the Art – Graphic Design
- Pratt Institute
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- Arizona State University – Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
- Parsons The New School for Design
- Art Center College of Design
- College for Creative Studies
- Alfred University
- Boston University College of Fine Arts
- Brown University
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- California College of the Arts
For those who have used SlideRoom, are there other things applicants need to learn about the tool before uploading their art portfolios? share your thoughts and advice by commenting below!