Tips on How to Develop your Portfolio

Tips on How to Develop your Portfolio

  • The more time you allow yourself to create, the more work you will have to choose from when preparing your portfolio. Ultimately, however, quality of work is more important than quantity.
  • Take advantage of resources available at your school, in your community and in your own time.
  • Supplement your high school art experience with outside opportunities.
  • Most art and design colleges prefer that the majority of drawings submitted in the portfolio be derived from direct observation, which means drawing or painting from still life, figure models, or landscape.
  • VCUarts Qatar prefers observational drawings rather than drawings from photographs or from your imagination (such as fantasy characters or anime).
  • This includes artwork, illustrations, or photographs found online or in magazines. Copying others’ work will be considered plagiarism
  • Strong portfolios typically include work that demonstrates solid technical skills and reflects thoughts and concepts.
  • Consider including work that speaks to your personal experiences, your culture and so on.
  • Get outside opinions of your artwork before the year in which you plan to apply: It is important to show your work to others and to ask for critiques with enough time to benefit from the feedback. This will help you be aware of your progress, as well as areas that may need further development. Teachers, other artists, designers, mentors, and college representatives can offer this type of informal review.
  • Practice discussing your work: Don't be afraid to talk about your work and what it means to you. Select a couple of pieces to discuss. Think about when and why you created the work, what the work is about, and what media were used. Share what you like about the pieces and what can be improved.
  • Take a portfolio development class: VCUarts Qatar regularly holds portfolio development classes and drop-in evening sessions. Keep an eye on our website from September through December for availability. Portfolio Development classes typically begin in late September or early October. See Community Education Program at VCUarts Qatar for available classes and logistical details.
  • Meet with college representatives: VCUarts Qatar Admissions counselors meet with students on campus, visit many high schools and community colleges, and host special events for prospective students, during which they can help to clarify the expectations of the portfolio.

Community Education Courses 

Many of our prospective students take the Art Portfolio and other community education classes prior to applying to VCUarts Qatar. While not required, community education class have proven to serve as great preparation for studies at VCUarts Qatar. Check out our schedule of upcoming community education courses. Classes fill quickly. Register as soon as you can. 

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