The Ultimate Tip List to Building Your Art Portfolio: 42 Tips

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The Ultimate Tip List to Building Your Art Portfolio

How you build and present your art portfolio is crucial in getting you into arts college. It all depends on how you treat the different factors that need consideration in your portfolio. Once you have answered all of them, expect to have a greater chance of getting accepted in your art or design program of choice.

Below is a list of tips and advice of the best ways on how to build your art portfolio in images. While this should give you a general idea of the best practices for your portfolio, it is still best to visit the website of the college you’re applying  to for the specific portfolio requirements.

Tip # 1

PortPrep Tip #1 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 2

PortPrep Tip # 2 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Do not compromise yourself and your art because people don’t like it!

Tip # 3

PortPrep Tip #3 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Make sure that your creativity and fresh ideas translate well on your artworks.

Suggested reading: Making an Artistic Impact – The Creative Inspiration Process in Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 4

PortPrep Tip #4 for Building Your Art Portfolio

If you don’t keep a notebook or even a sketch book, then it’s time that you should! Practice in writing down your ideas on your notebook immediately after you’ve thought about them. This way, you’ll have a treasure trove of ideas that will help inspire you to create art.

Tip # 5

PortPrep Tip #5 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Visit the website of the college or university you plan on applying to and check out the requirements that need to be submitted before the deadline.

Tip # 6

PortPrep Tip #6 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Having an online version of your portfolio makes it easier for you to share your artworks and get opinion from other people.

Suggested reading: What is the Big Deal about Uploading Your Art Portfolio Online?

Tip # 7

PortPrep Tip #7 for Building Your Art Portfolio

When you’ve lost your way in building your art portfolio, you need a guide to get proper direction.

Tip # 8

PortPrep Tip #8 for Building Your Art Portfolio

An artwork is never, ever done. It keeps undergoing the process of change to become even better.

Tip # 9

PortPrep Tip #9 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Branding allows you to showcase your uniqueness and set yourself apart from the other applicants.

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Tip # 10

PortPrep Tip #10 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 11

PortPrep Tip #11 for Building Your Art Portfolio

If you want your portfolio to show great quality of your artworks, then let a professional photographer do it for you!

Tip # 12

PortPrep Tip #12 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Properly labeling the pieces in your art portfolio will help professors identify which one is which.

Tip # 13

PortPrep Tip #13 for Building Your Art Portfolio

This depends on the college or university. If you prefer not sending over a physical copy of your artworks, then you can upload them online for them to receive instead.

Tip # 14

PortPrep Tip #14 for Building Your Art Portfolio

National Portfolio Day is an event where students line up to have their art portfolios reviewed by college art professors for free.

Suggested reading:7 Things You Need to Know before Going to a National Portfolio Day

Tip # 15

PortPrep Tip #15 for Building Your Art Portfolio

This applies mostly to paintings.

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PortPrep Tip #16 for Building Your Art Portfolio

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PortPrep Tip #17 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 18

PortPrep Tip #18 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 19

PortPrep Tip #19 for Building Your Art Portfolio

For more photography tips, visit the links below:

Tip # 20

PortPrep Tip #20 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 21

PortPrep Tip #21 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 22

PortPrep Tip #22 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 23

PortPrep Tip #23 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 24

PortPrep Tip #24 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 25

PortPrep Tip #25 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 26

PortPrep Tip #26 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 27

PortPrep Tip #27 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Suggested reading: Toronto Flood Proof That Students Should Protect Their Art Portfolios

Tip # 28

PortPrep Tip #28 for Building Your Art Portfolio

To see reverse calendar at work, check out this video by Karen Kesteloot with student Adam Oliphant who started without any artwork and ended up with a portfolio that got him into the Architectural Science Program at Ryerson University.

Tip # 29

PortPrep Tip #28 for Building Your Art Portfolio

This also shows that you have a clear understanding of your own art and what you want to achieve with it.

Suggested reading: Applying to an Arts Program in College? Here’s What to Include in Your Portfolio

Tip # 30

PortPrep Tip #30 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Here’s a video by Karen Kesteloot on how to crop your artworks for your portfolio…the right way!

Tip # 31

PortPrep Tip #34 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Go out and experience art in different places! Don’t forget to bring your notebook to write down your ideas.

Tip # 32

PortPrep Tip #35 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Art is everywhere! It’s not just limited to the things you do. Art can even be found in places where you least expect it.

Tip # 33

PortPrep Tip #31 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 34

PortPrep Tip #32 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 35

PortPrep Tip #33 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 36

PortPrep Tip #36 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 37

PortPrep Tip #37 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors are signs of unpreparedness.

Tip # 38

PortPrep Tip #38 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 39

PortPrep Tip #39 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip #40

PortPrep Tip #40 for Building Your Art Portfolio

Tip # 41

PortPrep Tip #41 for Building Your Art Portfolio

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PortPrep Tip #42 for Building Your Art Portfolio
Karen Kesteloot, art instructor and owner of PortPrep.comWhen it comes to having an instructor who will check your art portfolio, you simply can’t go wrong with Karen Kesteloot.

Having more than 15 years of teaching experience in different community colleges in Canada, Karen was inspired to help out students with their portfolios when she became part of the Illustration Program at Sheridan College. She she saw art portfolios submitted by students that had great potential but were just underdeveloped and poorly made out. Because of this, she made it her duty to assist students in improving and arranging their their portfolio and increase their chances of getting into their art and design program of choice!

If you want your art portfolios to be reviewed by Karen at no costs to you, sign up to our FREE portfolio assessment by clicking on the banner below.

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