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Portfolio Reviews

The 2021-2022 Art + Design Field Guide is now available in the Art + Design office and you can review the portfolio review section on pages 42-53. It contains a how-to guide, frequently asked questions, the questions you will need to answer, sample answers from years past, and the rubric that will be used by the faculty for assessment during the review.

You should include 12–15 pieces of work for your Portfolio Review. The artwork should come from the Foundations courses: Drawing 1, Foundations Studios 1, 2, and 3, as well as work from other studio courses that you have taken at Austin Peay. Pick the best work of each of the four Foundations courses, as well as work from the last two years that represents your current interests and direction. It is important to submit your best work in each category. If you are unsure what to submit, make an appointment with a faculty member to discuss your work and seek their advice.

If you receive accommodations through ODS please email Dr. Morris at morrisa@apsu.edu regarding accommodations for Portfolio Reviews.

All students with a major in Art + Design must register for a portfolio review after they have completed the following foundation level courses (ART 1045 Drawing I, ART 1340 Foundations Studio I, ART 1350 Foundations Studio II, and ART 1360 Foundations Studio III). The review will be conducted by all full time faculty members within the Department of Art + Design. The faculty will vote immediately following the review on the students acceptance to degree tracks. The vote will either approve, deny, or defer their acceptance.


 

What is the Portfolio Review?

The Portfolio Review is an assessment required for students who have completed the Foundations Courses and are applying to continue with one of the B.A. or B.F.A. programs offered by the Department of Art + Design.

Why do we do a Portfolio Review?

We do the Portfolio Review to ensure that all students complete their coursework to the standards of excellence required for the B.A. in Art: Studio Art, B.A. in Art: Art Education, B.A. in Art: Art History, and B.F.A. in Art degrees with a concentration in Animation & Visual Effects, Studio Art, or Graphic Design. It also allows us to have a discussion with each student individually after they have been here for about a year about the work that they have completed so far at Austin Peay and the goals that they have for their future careers.

When should you do the Portfolio Review?

Students should sign up for the Portfolio Review the semester after they have completed the following Foundation courses:
Drawing I (ART 1045)
Foundations Studio 1  (ART 1340)
Foundations Studio 2 (ART 1350)
Foundations Studio 3 (ART 1360)

You do not need to have completed, or be currently enrolled in, Drawing II to sign up for the Portfolio Review. Check with your advisor if you aren’t sure if it is time for you to do your review.

How do you register for the Portfolio Review?

Registration is a three-step process. Begin by filling out the form on this website and follow the instructions for sending your portfolio and review questions. Once those have been submitted and you are cleared to do the review, you will be receive and email in your APSU email with a link. Follow that link to schedule your review time.

The deadlines for all of these things change every semester so watch for signs in the department telling you when the online portal is open and you can begin. The reviews generally occur in October and March each year.


 

Portfolio Review Questions

Return your answers to the Department following the instructions given on the department website and registration confirmation email that you received. A late submission will disqualify you from the Portfolio Review. If you have questions about this step of the process please email art@apsu.edu. Sample answers can be found in the Field Guide.

  1. Describe your strengths as an artist/designer. Describe your strengths as a student. Are they different?
  2. Describe what you consider to be your weaknesses as an artist/designer. What is one thing you would change to be a better artist/designer?
  3. Identify your most successful piece that you are showing us for your Portfolio Review and describe what makes it successful?
  4. Identify a piece that you are showing us for your Portfolio Review that could have been more successful and describe how you would make it better.
  5. Identify artists or artistic movements that you have been exposed to here at APSU. How have these artists and/or movements inspired you and how? Be specific: think about how artists and movements have impacted your work and your way of creating.
  6. Describe any experiences outside of APSU that fueled your desire to succeed as an artist/designer Identify artists/designers who inspire you outside of APSU courses.

Resources for Documenting Your Work

Photographing Work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRApFIO3aH8&t=116s

Editing Image with Phone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU7SAz7Pni4&t=226s

Editing Image with Photoshop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeZM06iFQ4&t=12s

Photographing 3D Artwork with Phone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLBqLn_zKfY


 

Portfolio Review Sign-Up Form for Fall 2021 will open up soon!