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Applying to an art college may be a daunting task, especially if you have very little art background or you are planning to join an art college in an unfamiliar country abroad. I have whittled down 8 art tips that they generally look for in an art portfolio regardless of which faculty you are applying to.

This info is based on my experience as art student before & as an art lecturer today.  Advice I wished I had when I was a student many years ago!

Art Portfolio Tip 1

Show Your Drawing Skills

The foremost important factor that interviewers look out for in most good art colleges is to see that you have excellent observational skills. Get some everyday ordinary objects & start drawing them. It is about making the ordinary extraordinary!

Art Portfolio Tip 2

Express Your Creativity

Being creative requires courage to be able to think outside of the box. To not worry about what others might think of you because you are comfortable with & love the way you are.

Your creativity can be best showcased in your sketchbooks & art studies journey.

Approach your sketch book as a glorious visual diary, an extension of who you are & how you feel about the world around you or beyond!


Kasey’s inspiration came from her love of the plants & foliage in  Australia where she grew up. She combined that with her fascination with the kaleidoscope & created a stunning paper collage.

Jiwon’s portfolio brief from Rhode Island School of Design was: “Bicycle”. Instead of drawing it in the usual position, she found an old bicycle & got her parents to dent it by having them drive over it with their car. She then drew herself with the dented bicycle in different poses.  Needless to say, her creativity paid off & she got into RISD. 

Callie doodled an event that stood out for her for each single day. The result is a superb comic style rendition of her personal visual art diary. 






Art Portfolio Tip 3
Show an openness & courage to experiment, ​ explore & express with different mediums. Have fun doing so & this will come through in your work.
Art Portfolio Tip 4
An authentic art portfolio is a reflection of your heart & work processes. Ensure that your creative process & visual studies link from one subject matter to the next smoothly & coherently. It helps to have a range of artwork to choose from that explores different topics.
Art Portfolio Tip 5
Take into consideration that interviewers are looking through hundreds of art portfolios. Clear labeling helps them to take in ​ your story easily. For instance, label in the same text format & position for every piece.

Art Portfolio Tip 6

Art & Design Fundamentals

Have a good grounding of the Art & Design Fundamentals. Showcase this in your work. Show your ‘art working’ lines, marks & grids whenever appropriate. Do not erase those! These show the interviewer the process of your work & your understanding of the Art & Design Principles.

Art Portfolio Tip 7

There are artworks that are dead & art that are vibrant & alive. This can be felt by the person viewing your work whether on a conscious or subconscious level. Besides applying your artistic skills & theories to your artwork, it is equally vital to allow your heart & intuition guide your creation.

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