About Portfolio DaysAs an art student nears their graduation date, it may be time to start thinking about the real world and careers in art fields. Most of the field of art careers will require the student to show what they are capable of producing, usually with a grad portfolio that will exhibit their best work. There are many careers in art scenes that will allow a student to use their unique talents to create memorable works. While many of the entry level positions for art careers are limited in the freedom that they give to the artist, it allows a foot in the door and the potential for much more satisfying work. In some careers in art, such as marketing and advertising, a talented artist can make a good impression with a portfolio that is tailor made for the industry.
With graduation approaching, many art schools and other universities will have a grad portfolio day that allows professionals in the industry as well as graduate study professors to work with students in creating a strong graduated portfolio. These graduated portfolios are not only used for obtaining careers in art, but also for those students that will continue on to graduate program at a university. With feedback coming from people that have already gone through both processes, a student can get a great deal of insight about which of their works deserve a place in the graduated portfolio and which ones should be relegated to the studio.
The special day for graduated portfolio reviews can also be attended by high school students that are wishing to pursue an art education. Dates for local and national portfolio days can be found on the web in many websites handy calendar formats that will help a high school student make plans to attend the special event. Although representatives of the host school will not be able to make comments or review the graduated portfolio of a high school student, it will still stand as a learning experience for the student to understand how to evaluate their own work.
Students that are saying goodbye to their student days and hello to art careers and the working week will need to learn how to present works in a manner that fits the type of job that they are trying to obtain. Those interested in graphic design may want to include more digital pieces to show their working knowledge of illustration programs and technical savvy. On the other hand, a person that is applying to a more artistic endeavor will want to show their individual talents with more artistic pieces. Even if they are not hired by their first choice employer, they will have learned to create a portfolio that shows the right artworks.
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