Preparing a Portfolio

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Art or Design will need to prepare a portfolio with examples of their artwork. Some schools require a portfolio for admission to their art school; others require one for scholarship consideration. Each school will have guidelines for what to include in the portfolio, and the format in which the portfolio is submitted (actual works, slides, digital images…). Students should check with each school to which they are applying in order to determine the content and format for their portfolio.


Listed below are links to the portfolio guidelines for various schools. These are provided to show the similarities and differences between portfolio requirements.


Additionally, each year the National Portfolio Day Association hosts a National Portfolio Day review at various colleges and universities across the country. In St. Louis, the National Portfolio Day event is held each year in October, at Washington University. For more information about this event, click here. This is an excellent opportunity for students to receive feedback about their portfolios from representatives of various Art schools and departments.


To begin preparing a portfolio at the high school level, students should be saving all of their artwork, including all sketchbooks. They should be taking as many art courses as possible, beginning as early as possible. The suggested course order for Cor Jesu students who are interested in studying Art or Design is as follows:



Freshmen   Freshmen Fine Arts (required)
Sophomore   Drawing I (pre-requisite for Painting, Drawing II and Independent Study in Art) and/or
Design I (pre-requisite for Design II) and/or
Ceramics I (pre-requisite for Ceramics II)
Junior   Any level one course not already taken or Drawing II, Painting, Design II, or Ceramics II
Senior   Any level one course not already taken or Drawing II. Painting, Design II, or Ceramics II Independent Study in Art (pre-requisite for AP Studio Art)
AP Studio Art


If you have any questions concerning Cor Jesu’s art department, please contact MaryJo Clark.


Portfolio Guidelines

Otis College of Art & Design

Video on Preparing you Art Portfolio  


Ringling College of Art & Design

Video: Ringling College Portfolio Prep: A Great Portfolio Starts Here 


Lesley University

Portfolio Guide


Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Portfolio Tips





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