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
Art Portfolio advice from students who got into COOPER UNION HARVARD Central Saint Martins SVA, MICA, SAIC, Syracuse, RISD, and Cornell
We've been sending students to The School of Visual Arts for 13 years and have seen them go on to be very successful in Visual Arts and Design.
We feel confident recommending SVA because we know that every student gets an excellent education there.