2 years ago
Admissions Advice

How do you make a college notice you for your art without having to shove it in their face and be annoying about it?

i have already created an online art portfolio but i dont know how to get recognized by the colleges i want for my art accomplishments.

i have won at least 3 art competitions over the past year and have been placed in 2 museums.

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2 years ago

I guess I'm a little confused about your question. Are you hoping a school just notices your art organically? Like without applying to the school? Because if that's the case I don't really know if schools do that. If they do I haven't heard of it and don't know anyone who has been reached out to proactively.

However, if you're talking about when you actually apply to schools that's a lot easier. If you're applying for art schools (which I assume you will be) they will ask for your portfolio. No need to "shove it in their face" or be annoying about it because they will be asking for it explicitly. Don't feel like you're annoying schools with this. Everyone else who is applying is going to be talking up their accomplishments and you should too!

When you apply I believe you need to typically submit between 10-20 pieces of art depending on your medium. You're going to want to start this sooner rather than later, probably early junior year. I found some articles that might be helpful, including some possible scholarships and competitions.

- https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-create-a-portfolio-for-art-school/

- https://blog.collegevine.com/20-of-the-best-art-schools-in-the-u-s/

- https://blog.collegevine.com/best-art-scholarships-for-high-school-students/

- https://blog.collegevine.com/prestigious-visual-arts-competitions-for-high-school-students/

2 years ago

If you're applying to study art, they'll ask for a portfolio when you apply.

If you're not applying to study art, like if you're planning to study anything else (or go in undecided), you might be able to submit an art supplement. That means you submit a portfolio in addition to your regular application that the art professors at that school will look at and judge against all the other art supplements that other applicants send in. If your art is really good (it sounds like it must be), a high score on that can give your chances a boost because it brings something unique.


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