PORTFOLIO PREP

PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

  • The best portfolios have neatly presented artwork. It could include artwork done independently or in school.

  • If you have access to materials, try to show a variety of media. 

  • Include pages from your sketchbook showing your ideas

 

M60P-COMMERCIAL ART: Portfolio

Includes majors in ILLUSTRATION, CARTOONING AND FASHION DESIGN 

 

The High School of Art and Design is participating with the Department of Education Virtual admission guidelines. The following is required for the portfolio for admission to this program:

 

Upload photographs of 3 to 6 pieces of original artwork that includes the following:

1. A self-portrait, done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror or any reflective surface. Please see HERE for a short tutorial on how to approach a self portrait.

2. A still life, done from observation (from observation means you draw non-moving objects placed before you on a table) Please review HERE a short tutorial considerations and guidelines to consider before attempting a still life.

3.  You may choose the subject and content for the remaining 2 to 4 pieces you wish to include in your portfolio submission. Pieces can be created using any material in any form, and may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

 

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT YOU COULD ALSO INCLUDE IF APPLYING FOR COMMERCIAL ART:

You could complete these in any media, including digital.

  • Landscapes nature illustrations.

  • Cityscapes, a look from your window

  • Fashion designs showing the front and back look of a garment you designed.

  • Comic book cover with type

  • 3-5 panel comic strip telling a story in some way (no stick figures or copyrighted characters.)

  • Poster illustration.  Maybe of a carnival, circus, or borough fair. It should not include any words at all. 

 

4. Student Introduction Upload a written explanation about the original artworks you chose to include in your portfolio. Discuss choice of subject and materials, motivation, and influences.  Your short essay should not exceed 300 words 

 

M60N-ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Portfolio

 

The High School of Art and Design is participating with the Department of Education Virtual admission guidelines. The following is required for the portfolio for admission to this program:

 

Upload photographs of 3 to 6 pieces of original artwork that includes the following:

1. A self-portrait, done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror or any reflective surface.

2. A still life, done from observation (from observation means you draw non-moving objects placed before you on a table)

3. You may choose the subject and content for the remaining 2 to 4 pieces you wish to include. Pieces can be created using any material in any form, and may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

 

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT YOU COULD ALSO INCLUDE IF APPLYING FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN:

You could complete these in any media, including digital.

  • Detailed rendering of a building

  • Enlarged detail of a building

  • Close-up drawing of a piece of furniture

  • One-or two point perspective drawing

  • Cityscapes, a look from your window

  • Color study of the interior o a room

 

4. Student Introduction Upload a written explanation about the original artworks you chose to include in your portfolio. Discuss choice of subject and materials, motivation, and influences.  Your short essay should not exceed 300 words 

 

M60R-DIGITAL ART: Portfolio

Includes majors in ANIMATION; GRAPHIC DESIGN; and PHOTOGRAPHY

 

The High School of Art and Design is participating with the Department of Education Virtual admission guidelines. The following is required for the portfolio for admission to this program:

 

Upload photographs of 3 to 6 pieces of original artwork that includes the following:

1. A self-portrait, done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror or any reflective surface.

2. A still life, done from observation (from observation means you draw non-moving objects placed before you on a table)

3. You may choose the subject and content for the remaining 2 to 4 pieces you wish to include. Pieces can be created using any material in any form, and may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

 

SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT YOU COULD ALSO INCLUDE IF APPLYING FOR DIGITAL ART:

You could complete these in any media, including digital.

  • Create drawings showing an action sequence, example running, jumping, dancing, ball playing.

  • Re-design 5 characters from your favorite live action TV show or movie.

  • Create a poster design promoting an upcoming event or advertising a new product. Include imagery and text

  • Create a book cover design of your favorite book: Include title and author.

  • Redesign a logo from one of your favorite companies.

  • Using your camera or IPhone, capture a moment with your family using natural light.

  • Capture a landscape scene with items in the foreground, middle ground and background using natural light.

 

4. Student Introduction: Upload a written explanation about the original artworks you chose to include in your portfolio. Discuss choice of subject and materials, motivation, and influences.  Your short essay should not exceed 300 words 

 

M60Q-FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION: Virtual Portfolio

The High School of Art and Design is participating with the Department of Education virtual admission guidelines. The following is required for the portfolio for admission to this program:

 

  1. Writing: To assess your imagination and innovativeness as well as how coherently and how you express your thoughts in writing, please write and submit one of the following (no more than 250 words): 

  • Why are you interested in being a film-maker? 

  • You may alternatively submit another written piece, which could include a story, script, screenplay, etc. 

 

  1. Storyboard : To assess your cinematic vision, please create and submit a 9-frame storyboard for a scene from your imagination. A storyboard is a visual representation of a film sequence and breaks down the action into individual panels. It is a series of ordered drawings, with camera direction, dialogue, or other pertinent details. It sketches out how a video will unfold, shot by shot. Please see HERE for a template and storyboard resources. Please see HERE for a video tutorial. 

 

  1. Student Introduction :  Upload a short video about the storyboard  you  submitted.  Discuss your choice of subject and why you chose the specific shots you did. Your video should be no longer than 2 minutes. 

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