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.
 
Shown at right 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 the 2017 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   Introduction to Fine Arts (required)
Sophomore   Drawing I (pre-requisite for Painting, Drawing II and Independent Study in Art) and/or
Design I (pre-requisite for ACP Design II) and/or
Ceramics I (pre-requisite for Ceramics II) and/or
Painting (if Drawing I was taken as a summer course) and/or
ACP Drawing II (if Drawing I was taken as a summer course)
Junior   Any level one course not already taken or ACP Drawing II, Painting, ACP Design II, or Ceramics II.
Independent Study in Art,
AP Studio Art (if prerequisites are met)
Senior   Any level one course not already taken and/or ACP Drawing II. Painting, ACP Design II, or Ceramics II
Independent Study in Art (pre-requisite for AP Studio Art)
AP Studio Art
 
ACP (Advanced Credit Program) courses receive college credit through UMSL.

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