We are approaching the second half of Summer, which means some of you will be applying to art schools before you know it. The artwork in your portfolios will consist of new pieces and some from a year or so ago. Putting it all together, fixing pieces up, and editing some out can be a bit overwhelming, so getting feedback from others outside the eye of the storm is very helpful. It’s also a great idea to learn about what different art schools want to see in the work you send them. An excellent opportunity to get all this information is at a National Portfolio Day! These events consist of a wide variety of art schools with Admissions and alumni representatives.
Quick tips on how to best navigate these events:
-They are all 4 hours long, but get there early, as they tend to be a bit hectic.
-Get on the lines of schools you want to see most right away. RISD’s line gets long fast, so if you want to see us, get on our line early!
-It’s a good idea to make your work as portable as possible. You can bring digital representation, but make sure to have jpegs or PDFs saved and to not rely on internet connection. If you bring original work have it ready in a portfolio case. Also, make sure to bring your own platform. Our representatives don’t bring computers, so have yours turned on and your artwork queued up by the time you reach the front.
-You get 10 minutes with each reviewer, so it’s best to have your work ready when it’s your turn, put it all on the table, let them go through it all and interpret your pieces on their own. That way they also have sufficient time to give you thoughtful feedback, and you can ask any questions you have.
for the list of National Portfolio Days that RISD will be attending.
For more information and the full National Portfolio Day list, please visit portfolioday.net
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