When I was thinking about finally applying for art school, I was tooootally nervous about submitting my portfolio. What do I submit? What are they looking for? Is my work varied enough? Too much? It was really really nerve-wracking for me because I'd been out of school for so long and, well, it's always nerve-wracking to put yourself out there to professionals. Thankfully, I have somewhat of a body of work, even though it's all over the place - lol.
Some printmaking. Some photography. Some drawing. Some mixed-media work. Some crafty illustrations. Oh yeah - and all that animation I did when I was in that year of college. lol. What was I worried about, again?!
Oh yeah - the fact that I felt like I was going in there blindly. And that only 350 of so many applicants get in. Portfolio day scared the crap out of me (nor was I prepared), so I didn't go. I did google and google to see what other students had submitted in their portfolios and didn't come up with much - it would have been comforting and reassuring to see what other students had done, so I wanted to put this out there post-acceptance as some kind of reference in case somebody has the same applying-for-school wonders or worries.
Here's a little sampling of what I submitted:
I used these pieces to apply for Foundation Year. They wanted us to focus on variation in our work and 'the process', since we were submitting for a general pick-your-major first year. I had to mention what major I was interested in, though (communications design), so I leaned more toward that in the work I submitted and in my written submission essay.
I also included a few pages from a super-cool development journal I started just for the occasion, too - it's a mixed media art journal that I used a few pages in to develop my ideas further with color stories and words. I'll share them, soon. :)
If you're a student, how was the application process, for you? Scary? Last-minute? Totally stress-free? Please share!
Let me know if you have any questions about anything, too!