When it comes to honing in on your skills and practicing your craft, many people have different needs. Some just want to take a few classes in order to test out their creativity, and others want to make a career out of it.
For those who are looking to make art a large part of their lives, there is a lot of planning that will go into it. Here are a few quick things to make sure you have together when finding the art college that is right for you:
- Take a look through different universities and colleges. Some will offer programs you like, some won’t. This is your future and your career, make sure to do your homework and see which one speaks to you the most. This is not a time to settle!
- Assemble a portfolio that meets the needs of that particular school and your particular major.
- Fill out applications, make appointments, and meet with faculty members from prospective schools. This will give you a chance to see some of the campuses and have questions answered.
- Make sure all requirements have been met for classes in high school or undergrad in order to be admitted into the program of your choice.
Most of the steps that are mentioned in this list deal with paperwork and checking off a list. The most stressful part of this process for most young artists is going to be assembling the portfolio and having it reviewed.
When it comes to what types of pieces need to be included, that will depend entirely on the program you are trying to get into. Make sure you know clearly what the requirements are so that you don’t get rejected due to a technicality.
Below is a list of tips for creating your portfolio, regardless of the requirements:
- The saying goes that everyone is their worst critic. However, this is a time where that is ok- you want to put your very best work into a portfolio, because you want to showcase exactly what you’re capable of.
- Don’t be afraid to think about your portfolio early. Keeping in mind the fact that your work will be judge by someone else can give you that extra edge to do well in it. However, you don’t want to create work solely with your portfolio in mind. This can hinder your artistic abilities in ways that are not always obvious.
- Make your portfolio unique… just don’t try too hard. You want your portfolio to stick out, for sure. But just like resumes or applications, there are basic guidelines to follow. Also, working too hard to look unique can cause the attempt to fall flat and not give the positive outcome you were looking for.
- Ask others for help. While the majority of the work has to come from you, because all work submitted needs to be original, it is ok to ask others for help and advice. There are plenty of other people who have had their portfolioreviewed, so take it from someone who knows!
- All details are important. While, yes, the pieces you decide to use is what are going to be the most glaringly obvious, this isn’t all that is looked at. There are many students who are rejected because their spelling and grammar are poorly executed, along with those who just throw together good looking pieces without really thinking about the presentation. If need be, ask a bunch of people on their opinion of the overall presentation, so that it is not just on you to know every intricate detail.
Need more detail on how to prepare for art class? Hunakai Studio can help with that.