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Preparing Your Portfolio for College Admissions

By Kavin Buck
Artist and Director of Recruitment & Outreach, UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture

Советы с Art; речь идет о портфолио художника, но некоторые общие принципы и подходы являются важными и для фотогарфа.

Making the choice to major in the visual arts for some students and parents can be a tough decision. Not only do you have to go through the academic admissions requirements, but also you have the added pressure of submitting a portfolio of the student's creative work. The portfolio is often the breaking point for many in the application process and for some it may even keep them from completing their application.

The portfolio needn't be scary or an obstacle to getting into the college of your choice as long as it is approached in a thoughtful and serious manner. Hopefully, this article will help ease some fears and be a guide to creating the best portfolio possible.

The first step in developing a portfolio is to create a list of first choice and back up colleges that you are planning to apply to and contact each of their admissions departments to obtain their particular portfolio and admissions requirements. Some schools only accept original art whereas some only accept slides; some will accept a digital portfolio and others have size limitations; some have strict application deadlines and others are on rolling admissions. The required content of the portfolio may also differ from college to college and each school's criteria should be followed as closely as possible.

Even if you are currently enrolled in AP Art or an arts program, consulting with a college admissions counselor can give you guidance with your portfolio in advance; generally, these meetings are preliminary and in most cases, not an official review or interview. Meeting as early as possible with a college counselor will give you the opportunity to strengthen the concept and look of the portfolio though constructive criticism and editing.

The most important detail of preparing your portfolio for college admissions is to remember to give yourself plenty of time and have fun with it. It is almost impossible to create quality work if you are nervous and under a time constraint. Don't wait until the last minute, and make enough work so you can edit together the best portfolio for each school you plan to apply to.

The Portfolio

Your portfolio represents you to a college as a potential student and young artist. Preparing your portfolio should be an exciting and thoughtful process that you engage in both in art classes in school and on your own at home. Most students will have completed 10 finished pieces for every one that is actually included in the final portfolio.

For most university art programs and private art schools, your portfolio will play a determining factor on your admissions to that particular college. Selecting what to include should not be a nerve-racking experience, most art programs will want to see works that fall into three distinct categories: observational art, personal art or a home exam. Some colleges will require a combination of two or three categories, and others will want to see only one category.

Young artists are usually their own worst critics and should follow the advice of their admissions counselors at the colleges they are applying to regarding what to include in their portfolio. Students tend to edit pieces based on their own personal aesthetics and not on what the colleges are looking for in an artwork. Admission counselors are trained to know what their admissions committee is looking for in a prospective student and can help edit a portfolio to meet the committees needs.

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