Some people have been asking me about my portfolio, and I personally had trouble with compiling an art portfolio, so I figured I’d make a tips and advice video for people who are planning to go to art school.
This is more or less the portfolio I submitted for my art schools of choice (PrattMWP, SCAD, MIAD). SCAD and PrattMWP each has a slideroom portfolio submission page; MIAD requires you to compress your files into a single .zip file and submit ONLY that file. MIAD is in Wisconsin (not my preferred state but oh wells) and I applied at the very last minute, just to try my luck at a possible bigger amount of merit scholarship. (Yes I'm desperate enough to do that, but anyway, I don't mind going to any of these 3 schools, although I really want to go to NYC, because ... it's freaking NYC.) One of the reasons I applied to MIAD was because of its luxurious apartment-style dorm which costs nearly the same as the puny dorm rooms at SCAD and Pratt.
There is no such thing as a perfect portfolio, especially one you submit to your art school. Your admission officer will not expect you to be the best designer or artist in the world. If they did, then what else are they gonna' teach you? What they look for is potential and your thought process. Technical skills may play a big part in executing your idea, but it's definitely not the whole point of making art or designing.
I completely understand the pressure to create something that your admission officers will like, instead of something that you believe in. I went through a slump where I didn't feel creatively energized, and my work felt lifeless and stale. This is a big indication that something was wrong because I have always been excited by new creative challenges and opportunities.
I'll show you the application essays I submitted to PrattMWP and SCAD-Atlanta last month. Application essays are much more flexible than one might think. As long as you don't deviate too much from the actual essay prompt and spout some bullshit such as empty promises and talk-without-action, you're good to go. You could write about something funny, your personal experience, or a small incident that made you realize a big life lesson. Again, this depends on your essay prompt.