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Useful tips for artists, makers, students, career changers, and anyone interested in pursuing a life in art and design.

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Portfolio | For Undergraduates

4 Common Art School Portfolio Mistakes

By: Scott Cline
July 3rd, 2017

Your art portfolio plays a big role in whether or not you get into the art school of your dreams. Creating a high-quality collection of samples that showcase your abilities is the best way to increase your odds.

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Graduate Programs | Portfolio | For Undergraduates

Top 10 Tips for Creating the Best Art Portfolio

By: Scott Cline
June 29th, 2017

You've decided to get serious about art school. But before you can prepare for an exciting journey that will hone your skills and push you to achieve things you never thought possible, you've got to take an important first step in the admission process: creating your portfolio.

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Portfolio | For Undergraduates

How to choose which examples to include in your art portfolio

By: Noel Dahl
June 27th, 2017

For most prospective art students, one of the hardest parts of applying to school is choosing portfolio selections. We've heard many applicants worry that they don't have enough samples because they didn't focus on art in high school, or they haven't decided on one specific field of art to study.

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Choosing A College

Starting Your Art College Search? The 6 First Things You Need to Know

By: Shiraz Chavan
June 22nd, 2017

This is a post for absolute beginners. Not beginning artists, of course. You already have a passion for art and the talent to build your life around it. And you know that an art college degree will help make your dream a reality.

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For Undergraduates | Applying to College

4 Common Mistakes That Art College Applicants Make

By: Scott Cline
June 20th, 2017

Applying to art college — or any college, for that matter — is complicated. Between completing your online application, assembling your portfolio, soliciting your letters of recommendation, wrangling your high school transcripts, and applying for financial aid, there are plenty of opportunities for mistakes to creep in — even for the most careful applicant.

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