2 months ago
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Should I submit my art sample? (link in full post)

Most of the top colleges, including the Ivy Leagues, say you should only submit supplemental materials/documents if you have "exceptional talents" in your area. I've been doing hand lettering recreationally for a while and I mainly want to submit because it's not a super common art form, so I wanted to show the kind of thing I do and what hand lettering means for me.

I'd love to get any opinions on whether I should submit my art (as PDF in portal, not as an art portfolio): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lc1qdJ82hSZv33xNzLeJ_-GXiSVAYFLA/view?usp=sharing.

Let me know what level of art you think this falls into and whether it adds anything to an application if it's already described briefly in the activities list. Does it add enough to be worth submitting or would it be better to leave it off?


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2 months ago

Hi @HelloHome! First of all, I just want to say that your art is amazing - I especially like the piece you did on 10/4!

When it comes to submitting an optional additional supplement, colleges are looking to see something that cannot be explained fully by the rest of your application. This typically would be something that is a Tier I or II activity that really demonstrates something that is core to who you are and you feel your application would be incomplete without it.

With this in mind, if you have a more thorough portfolio, or are using or implementing your art in a unique way, then you should definitely consider submitting a more developed portfolio. That being said, you should know that an admissions officer might not click an additional link or spend time reviewing another document.

I recognize that this is not an easy decision. Our expert Elias Miller summarized the nuance of deciding on submitting an art portfolio really well in this Communities post. It's definitely worth a read if you're unsure about submitting an additional supplement.


2 months ago[edited]

What are you wanting to study? If it is graphic design (or something along those lines), what is your dream career? Where do you get your ideas?


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