Niki Jacob - Advertising Art & Design Instructor

Independent Study (Portfolio)

What Is an Art Portfolio?

An art portfolio is a collection of your work, whether that’s paintings, poetry, sculpture, or another art form. It gives you the opportunity to show off your artistic skills, experiences, and interests, and it helps admissions officers decide if you’d be a good fit for their school. Your portfolio is usually the most important part of your application because it lets schools see firsthand the work you have created.


If you were anything like me; as an undergraduate design student juggling homework, classes, work, a family, and—if there’s time left over—a social life, you might be tempted to move to build your design portfolio to the back burner.

Maybe you think you’ll have more time to create an online graphic design portfolio or even a analog one once you graduate. Or maybe you assume that you don’t need to know how to create a design portfolio because it will just come together naturally, filled with homework and other projects you’ve completed during high school.

Think again! Colleges are looking for candidates with well-rounded portfolios that showcase a variety of skills in a professional way. It might feel impossible to create a strong design portfolio as a student, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to wait until graduation to gather your work into a professional design portfolio. 

Plan your art portfolio, aiming to demonstrate a range of artistic skill and experiences, creative ideas/originality and passion/commitment

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