About Portfolio Preparation

RISD home test drawing


graphite on paper, 20" x 16"

RISD home test drawing


graphite on paper, 16" x 20"

Most respected colleges of art and strong college and university art programs require BFA (and all MFA applicants) to submit a portfolio of their artwork for consideration of acceptance. A portfolio is simply a collection of an artist's own artwork. Portfolios show a college admissions office where an applicant is in their artistic development.

I help high school artists prepare successful portfolios so that they can enter the college art program of their choice. Well prepared portfolios contain artwork that demonstrate the artist is prepared to complete the art courses during the first year of a college art program. This first year of courses, called foundation courses, includes drawing, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design.

Applicants are more likely be accepted at colleges where they apply if their portfolio demonstrates proficiency in foundation course subjects. This is because students prepared for foundation work are more likely to successfully complete foundations classes and thus more likely to graduate.

In addition to tutoring, I also work with students individually as an  independent college counselor to help in the college search for BA, BFA and MFA programs in visual art. For more information, visit my counseling website


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