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How to Prepare a Portfolio for Arts Courses

Are you looking for some great tips to prepare the portfolio for Arts Courses, then this article is for you.

It always helps to get a few professional opinions on your artwork, before you begin the application process. Look to add more observational drawings to your portfolio.

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If art is your area of interest and you know it, have you started with your portfolio yet?  A portfolio is just a collection of some of the latest and best artwork you’ve managed to create. The portfolio is put together to display your talent, experience, and art background and plays a crucial role in your arts application. 

Regardless of how long you’ve been doing artwork, a few highlights of what you have done would suffice for a good portfolio. It should reflect your uniqueness and style, your present areas of interest. The portfolio introduces you to the world of art so let it sketch out your true potential!  
Sure you want the perfect portfolio but this isn’t rocket science or math, so there really is no set formula that you can use in the world of art! Use your imagination and creativity, that’s what art is all about. 

How to Go About It:

Tick Tock… The Time Factor! 

When it comes to creating art work, it always helps to start as early as you possibly can. The quality is almost always directly proportional to the amount of time you spend on it so start in advance and plan well. 

Observe and Sketch!

Budding artists out there, note that it would do your portfolio good to have more of your observational drawings in there. Observational drawings are those that are sketched or made from real life, rather than paintings that were drawn based on your own imagination, photographs, cartoons, animation or such. Observational drawings pay attention to detail rather than the whole picture itself.

Paint Your Thoughts!

In your work, feel free to dab on any concepts or ideas that you find interesting, along with the colours. You can also bring in your personal experiences that reflect on life from your point of view. Don’t hold back from adding in that personal artistic touch with your concepts and such. 

Your Book Will Not Be Judged By Its Cover! 

Keep it crisp, catchy, and simple! Remember what colleges are looking for in these portfolios is excellent content, so make sure you give them what they are looking for! Quality before quantity at all times. 

Basic Requirements

There are different kinds of arts courses you will come across as you start browsing for application. The traditional arts courses cover animation, fine arts, illustration, sculpture, and painting. The Design based courses focus on interior design, motion design, digital film making, graphic and interactive communication, web design, and digital imaging. Requirements will vary based on what you choose to study. 
Your arts portfolio needs to basically meet two kinds of requirements, content and technical requirements. Content requirements cover the different kinds of artwork your portfolio must include. Be sure to include around ten to twenty pieces of your art work inclusive of observational drawings, figure drawings, self-portraits, and such. Half of your portfolio must consist of observational drawings.  Technical requirements include submission of material in a CD or DVD format as required, a work description sheet with thumbnail images of files with its details, animation videos or films in the formats mentioned by the College, and such. 

A Few Reviews! 

It always helps to get a few professional opinions on your art work, before you begin the actual application. Make sure you have enough time in your hands to make any changes based on their feedback, if necessary. These reviews are usually offered informally by other artists, teachers, or even college representatives. 
Well, the list could go on and on but these are just some basic guidelines you may want to keep in mind before you start with your very first portfolio. Have a clear mindset of how your portfolio is going to be and bring out the talented artist in you into the colourful world of art! 

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