Career Pathways

Portfolios

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
  • Résumé/CV
  • 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.