Your portfolio speaks for you. It is a visual representation of your work and accomplishments as well as a medium to showcase your attention to detail and degree of professionalism. It is essential in working with clients, applying for a job, applying for graduate school, or requesting a grant, fellowship, or exhibition.
Developing a portfolio is an iterative process that should complete by the time you graduate or when you feel you are ready to go after a job or exhibition.
Your portfolio should include:
- Artist statement
- Work samples
- Work samples description sheet (unless descriptions are listed directly on the samples)
- Written project proposal (when pertinent)
- Project budget (when pertinent)
- Reviews and other related press
- Handout materials such as business cards, exhibition announcements, or extra copies of your artist statement and resume/CV
Whether your portfolio is a hard copy or digital, be sure to proofread before sending it out. It is a good idea to have others reviews it as well in order to receive their feedback and fix any problems. A trusted professor or mentor is an excellent person to critique your portfolio.
Most people create a digital portfolio because it is easier to share. If web development isn’t your strong suit, try one of these websites as a coding-free alternative to digital portfolio creation.