This course is for seniors and juniors who are considering post-secondary study in a creative or visual field such as visual art, graphic design, interior design, costume design, photography and related fields.
It is important that students taking this course already have a number of pieces completed for a portfolio, as outlined in the prerequisite information below.
Students may make more work during the course of the class but need to have a beginning of a portfolio at the start of the semester.
Please talk to an art teacher if you have questions about whether this course is a good fit for you at this time.
We will focus on preparation of visual portfolios and presentations in art, digital design, photography and other media.
This will include:
• Selecting work for visual portfolios- what do schools and scholarship committees look for?
• How to shoot (photograph) and scan work for portfolios, including lighting considerations, camera controls
• How to edit photos for cropping, color correction, and formatting using Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto
• Creating a few key pieces of art or design to round out your portfolio- filling in the gaps, or creating specific “assignments” that your school of choice requests
• Preparing and designing a digital portfolio and online portfolio with your work using Adobe InDesign and current web design tools
• How to prepare work for exhibition: matting, framing, planning an exhibition
• Guest artists and art/design college representative visits
• Writing about and talking about your work: preparing for interviews and applications