How to Apply to Art School – Part 2

Prepare your portfolio

Having a solid portfolio is vital when it comes to applying to art school. Your very best portfolio doesn’t only let your technical skills shine through, it also inspires anyone who sees it. So be sure to include the works that best represent you, as well as communicates what you’re hoping to achieve as an artist. As you’re applying to various art schools, it would be wise to make changes to your portfolio accordingly, in order to better match the admissions requirements of each particular school. You’ll also want to use your portfolio to emphasise any goals and skills you have that align with those of the school’s admissions committees.

Research is once again important during this phase. Study the schools’ admissions pages to ensure that your portfolio adheres to the application’s requirements. Some schools require different information in their application than others. Tweaking portfolios and other relevant materials for each college is an effective way of attracting the attention of admission staff.

Prepare yourself for interviews

Not every art school will ask you to attend an interview during the admissions process. Should you need to attend one, however, there’s nothing to worry about. While it’s important that you find a school that aligns with your goals, art schools endeavour to admit those students who align with the academic standards of their courses. During the interview, you will have an opportunity to express your goals and what you have achieved so far, as well as present your portfolio how you see fit. You’ll also be afforded the chance to impress the admissions committee. Of course, before any of that, you’ll need to prepare to talk about your work…and yourself.

Ensure that you highlight any successes that you’ve had but, at the same time, be honest when it comes to your achievements and your processes, both artistically and as a student. Further, invest time to gain a thorough understanding of what is being sought by the admissions committee. If you do that, you’ll be in a position to match your goals with theirs, as well as agree with the mission statements of the school.

Practice your interviewing skills with friends, mentors, and guidance counsellors. Interviewers are often impressed by applicants who can clearly communicate their motivations for applying, their creative processes, and their educational goals.

Look for opportunities away from campus

Art school is a wonderful way to continue formal education, make lifetime connections with mentors and fellow artists, honing natural abilities, and develop skills. However, it certainly isn’t a formula for instant success. Once you’ve graduated from art school, you will need to promote yourself to the world.

When researching art schools, take note of any opportunities that may be available for artists away from campus that could potentially benefit you in the future. One skill that is particularly important for artists is learning how to join communities, in addition to networking and self-promotion. So look for organisations away from the school, such as social clubs, that could boost your artistic community.