At Ashcan we have a few different really effective ways to help your Art Portfolio stand out among thousands of other BFA applicants
Drawing a view of your bedroom is a great way to add an interesting observational work to your Art Portfolio, that also says a lot about who you are. Observational Art Portfolio pieces, which are drawings, paintings, mixed media works or sculptures created from looking at real-life places, are considered by most schools to be the most important work to have in your art portfolio. This is because including observational pieces demonstrates a level of mastery of fundamental art skills.
There are several Specialized art and design high schools in New York City,Each of these schools require you to submit portfolios of you artwork. The first on the list of Art Portfolio requirements is: A self-portrait using a graphite drawing pencil and paper done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror).
The New York City Digital Arts and Graphic Design Programs are Art and Design High School which offers: Digital Arts, Graphic Design & Animation High School of Fashion Industries offers GraphicDesign and Queens Technical High School also offers a Graphic Arts Program All of Ashcans High school students were accepted into New York City's Digital Arts and Graphic Design High School programs, and these examples are from the Art Portfolios they used to get in.
When you are choosing the 12-20 pieces to use for your Art Portfolio the order that you present your work matters a lot. Think of it like a narrative, a book about who you are. The work you choose and the flow from one piece to the next needs to be given a lot of thought. A good rule is to open with your best work, and then the second best, and end with your 3rd and 4th strongest works
Animation students must love to draw, have strong attention to detail, be able to depict movement, create appealing characters and believable environments. The BFA Animation programs we chose as our top 5 exceed excellence in educating aspiring Animators, and animation studios are more likely to choose a candidate who has graduated from one of these schools. These are what we feel are the top animation programs:
If you decide you’d like to pursue an education in Illustration, choose a program that is focused both on the creative aspects, technical skills- the computer programs you’ll need to succeed as well as the business of Illustration. For the best Illustration programs you’ ll need a competitive Art Portfolio to apply. These are the BFA Programs that we like the best:
There are many great B.Arch (bachelors in Architecture) programs, and you want to choose one that is focused both on the discipline of architecture, regarding its history, theory, and techniques, as well as on the profession of architecture itself, in terms of building technology, innovations in design and construction, and professional practice. If you've decided to apply to a competitive B.Arch Programs you will need a competitive Art Portfolio to apply.