Future Students & Parents
What It Is
Your portfolio should consists of 15–20 pieces of your best artwork. A good portfolio presents a compelling picture of your potential as an artist/designer.
Why It Matters
When you apply to CCAD, your portfolio is reviewed for admission and scholarship consideration. (We also suggest that you review it with us before making final decisions about what to include.)
So—it’s a big factor in whether you get into CCAD and whether you are awarded a scholarship. It is worth every bit of attention that you can give it.
Your portfolio should demonstrate your artistic strengths and interests (with a majority of the pieces), as well as the breadth of your experience (with a few pieces). It should show what you are passionate about. In addition, we’d like to see:
- Technique: How well you handle whatever media you decide to work with.
- Concept: Choose artwork that communications your ideas.
- Risk-taking: Get out of your comfort zone.
- Dedication: Time and effort should be evident.
1) Know Your Deadlines
Go to the Admissions Calendar or check the event box at the upper right of this page.
2) Get Advice
Download our Getting Portfolio Advice PDF for ideas on how you can get input on and help with your portfolio.
3) Consider Doing Projects Outside of Class
Download our Portfolio Project Ideas PDF for a creative jumpstart or to find projects that may not be covered in your art class, but will give your portfolio more variety.
4) Select Your Work
If you haven't already, review the "What CCAD Looks For" section.
5) Photograph/Document Your Work
Download our Documenting Your Work PDF for tips and instructions.
6) Submit Your Work
7) Make Sure Digital Submissions are in the Correct Format
When submitting images it is important to resize them. Below find some sample instructions on resizing images in different photo editing programs.
For more information on developing a portfolio or to request a catalog please contact us.
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