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Portfolio Questions

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"Portfolios are part of the holistic admissions process."

Make your portfolio great.

Make it count.

Consider the following

When submitting your portfolio

WHAT IS SLIDEROOM

SlideRoom is associated with The Common Application and the service used by colleges to review Portfolios from applicants. 

Applicants are shown a prompt about a Portfolio within Common App which contains a link to your school's branded SlideRoom system.

 

You choose your program of interest and submit your Portfolio.

WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO

A portfolio is a collection of your work, which shows how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time. It demonstrates your creativity, personality, abilities, and commitment, and helps colleges to evaluate your potential.

THE GOAL

Prove to admissions that you have acquired the foundational skills along with your artist's voice.

 

Targeted guidance by your art teacher helps you build a portfolio that strongly encourages compositional ideologies, symbolism, and intention to create authentic works of art.

TIME INVOLVED

It can take anywhere from 2 hours up to 20+ hours.

  1. Have you been documenting all along? 

  2. Do you need to re-document your artwork?

  3. How well do you know Photoshop?

  4. Do you know the size and mediums of each piece?

  5. How well do you know SlideRoom and each college requirement?

ONLY SUBMIT THE BEST

Include your most recent and best work that best communicates your artistic skills and experiences, creative ideas/originality, and passion/commitment.

Most schools want anywhere from 10 to 20 pieces of original artwork. You will need to look at the admissions page for each school you're applying to for their requirements.

Your art teacher should help you choose what to include and explain why.

DID YOU KNOW

You do not have to consider yourself an artist or go to Art School to submit a portfolio. This is an option to show your interests outside of regular academics.

AVOID TEMPTATION

Do not copy your work from photographs or other sources.

 

This means no fan art, no anime, no manga, nothing from another artist’s work. Admissions officers are well trained to quickly spot artworks that have been copied from photographs or that have been lifted from other resources.

 

It is never, ever good to have drawings of celebrities and other characters that are not your own. That’s basically the kiss of death, and will immediately cause people to see you as nothing more than a hobbyist.

How to use Slideroom

A short guide

COMMON APP

Applicants are presented a link within Common App to submit a Portfolio for each school's SlideRoom account.

 

Clicking the Portfolio link will take them out of Common App and into a specific school's SlideRoom account for submitting media-based representations of their projects (images, videos, etc).

SLIDEROOM SETUP

Once you setup your SlideRoom account, you will be prompted to identify the correct program and click "begin".

 

Applicants can complete any questions you may have (Forms) and add your creative content (Media).

SUBMITTING

Once your Common App is complete, you can proceed with submitting your SlideRoom portfolio.

After completing your portfolio submission, you will see a page with a clear confirmation, a unique ID number, and sometimes a custom message.

You will be emailed all of this information so you are sure the process is complete.

Availability

When will your portfolio be available to colleges?

Once your portfolio has been submitted, it is immediately available to be viewed by schools within their private online portal.

 

Reviewers will only see the applicants they have been assigned to review.