What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Creating an art portfolio for college admissions?

Hey guys! I'm an aspiring artist and I'm going to need an art portfolio for my college applications. Any advice on how to create a strong portfolio that showcases my skills? Any particular dos and don'ts that I should be aware of?

7 months ago

Hey there! When creating your portfolio, focus on quality over quantity. Select your best artwork pieces that showcase a range of your skills, techniques, and styles, rather than jamming in every single thing you're ever done—admissions officers only have so much time to review your work, so you want to be sure that time is being spent on your very best works. In general, around 12-20 pieces should be enough for most colleges, but make sure to check each individual college’s requirements.

Another key aspect is to demonstrate your creative process. Include some works-in-progress, sketches, or any other evidence that shows your thought process and the steps you take to develop your final art pieces. Including unfinished work may feel intimidating, but it helps colleges understand your approach and your unique perspective, which is what will set you apart even from other talented artists.

Along this same line of thinking, avoid simply showing off your technical abilities, and instead, try to convey a strong personal voice, message, or story through your artwork. A memorable portfolio has a consistent theme or messaging, beyond the "nuts and bolts" of the student's training and/or natural talent.

Best of luck with your portfolio and college applications overall!

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.