There are standard things that art school admissions counselors want to see in your art portfolio, like a self portrait, landscape, a still life- but if you want to- you can and should include conceptual work as well. Like this work in progress- conceptual work pushes the boundaries of what art should be, it’s where you let go [...]
The sooner you get started on your portfolio the better. Most schools require 10-15 pieces for your portfolio, so you should shoot to make 20 + so you can pick the best of the best to submit to admissions. Generally Admissions at the Top Art Schools want to see originality and skill in each piece. [...]
Annie and Alice who both got in to Cal Arts, RISD and SVA answer the question
Nothing shines through like loving what you do. So while there are certain things you need for a complete portfolio like still lifes, portraits , self portraits... you can make them much more appeaing to Pratt admissions if it looks like you enjoyed making it!
The Parsons Challenge helps the Admission Committee understand:
how YOU develop ideas
how YOU visually communicate those ideas
and how well YOU can defend the work in writing
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