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For Undergraduates | Graphic Design

Can Graphic Design Be Political?

By: Scott Cline
September 8th, 2017

When you choose an art school, you choose a creative culture influenced by the political atmosphere. You are discovering your people: contemplative, inward-looking, proactive, all of the above, or some combo. Here, in the Bay Area, where art, tech, and politics play together, our graphic design students choose to uproot conventional expression and activism. During 2017 SF Design Week, they made mail meaningful again with Postcards to the President, a project that encouraged attendees to write messages to POTUS, Vice President Pence, state reps, and local leaders.

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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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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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