16 Apr How to Build a College Portfolio
If you are applying for a college that requires you to submit a portfolio, you need to put deep consideration into what you want to include because it is a reflection of yourself.
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One of the most important things to consider is your range. While you may be really skilled with doing one type of work, you want your portfolio to showcase more than that. Diversify what you are submitting. In some cases, being a jack of all trades is better than being a master at one. Whether you’re an artist, writer, or developer, diversity in styles and techniques show college recruiters that you can grow your talents within other areas.
Your work doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect and without flaws. Including unfinished work can also be beneficial, since it gives a better look into your process. However, be sure not to include work in your portfolio that you can’t explain. Everything you include must have a title and story ready. Be prepared to explain each piece, even if it’s not asked for in submission requirements. It is more likely that you will be asked to explain artwork over any other type of submission, but there’s no downside to further explaining yourself for anything else you’ve worked on, as it will only make you more memorable and organized.
Lastly, make sure you’re passionate about what you’re including in your portfolio. Passion is your most powerful tool and will determine how far you go.
For more information on building your portfolio, check out these resources from Inspire:
Design: Portfolio : Self Promotion at Its Best
TOOLS AND TIPS FOR HELPING STUDENTS CREATE E-PORTFOLIOS.
Building Design Portfolios : Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work
THE PORTFOLIO PROCESS: QUESTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND PRACTICE.