Prepping your portfolio
October 12, 2011

Interested in expanding your creative horizons by attending NSCAD University? Applying to a visual arts university is a little bit different than applying to other post secondary institutions because students have to submit a portfolio of their creative work.

But preparing a portfolio needn't be a scary prospect or a hindrance to getting into the art school of your choice as long as it is approached in a thoughtful manner. Folks at NSCAD University are eager to answer questions on how to prepare a portfolio—a key element of the application process.

“It can be intimidating—a lot of students coming directly from high school have never needed one before and they don’t know what to expect,” says Charley Young, education coordinator for NSCAD University’s School of Extended Studies. “But we’re here to demystify the process and give them as much support as possible.”

NSCAD is holding Portfolio Day on Saturday, October 15. It’s a chance for prospective students to visit the university, learn about programs, tour the facilities and talk to current students. Parents and teachers are welcome too.  To register, visit the NSCAD homepage and look for link to Portfolio Day.

Students who have artwork should bring it along. In the afternoon, there’s a chance to sit down with admission staff members and faculty to discuss their interests, hear feedback on their work and get tips on preparing that all-important portfolio. The next Portfolio Day will be held next February.

Through the School of Extended Studies, the university also offers courses in portfolio preparation. There’s one going on right now at NSCAD’s Port Campus, but there are two more upcoming this fall—in New Glasgow and another in Sydney. Both are seven weeks in duration. Topics are based on NSCAD and other national art school requirements and include critiquing and selecting work, producing images of work and writing an essay.

The New Glasgow section runs on Saturdays, from October 29 to December 10, and will be taught by New Glasgow’s artists-in-residence: Katie Roux, Krissi MacKenzie and Annalise Proder, all 2011 NSCAD graduates.

The Sydney, Cape Breton section starts a week earlier, on Saturday, Oct. 22. Taught by Caitlyn Purcell, a 2009 NSCAD graduate who majored in jewelry design, it takes place in the Multipurpose Room of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte Street.

For further information on Portfolio Day on Oct. 15, please contact Crystal Bona in Admissions a call at 902-494-8259. For information on portfolio prep courses, please contact The School of Extended Studies at 902-494-8185.