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5 Tips to Improve Your Art Portfolio

Are you applying to art school this fall? Then look no further than this article on five quick tips for art portfolios.

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1. Technical Ability

Your dream school wants to admit high school experts in art. If you’re a junior photographer, spend hours studying Adobe Lightroom. If you’re a young filmmaker, use every tool available in Final Cut Pro at least a hundred times. Spend hours on your creative projects instead of a few minutes on Instagram. Summers are a great time to study and improve your skill set!

2. Start Early

Start building your portfolio in eighth grade or ninth grade. It takes time to understand every new field of art. Initiate two to five independent projects a year and submit your work to competitions. If you’re a promising comic book artist, start producing a weekly comic strip and publish one comic book a year. If you’re dreaming of fashion, join a fashion institute’s summer program. Start by producing work and finding supportive feedback.

3. Review Past Portfolios

Examine past portfolios that were admitted to your dream school. Are your creations of the same quality? Ask friends and family members for their opinions. Everyone has a different interpretation of art but quality is usually unanimous. Everyone can ignore a bad movie with no storyline, audio issues and confusing dialogue.and produce a list of goals. Most people know that a bad photograph is out-of-focus. Find out what’s bad and start creating good work.

4. Define Personality

Most students struggle with finding a connecting theme in their work. Why are they creating what they are creating? It’s a very difficult question. Do not overanalyze your work but explore different themes in projects. Are you romantic? Idealistic? Which themes do you like? Reread old short stories. Inspect old graphic designs.

5. Research Portfolio Requirements

Do not guess, double-check. Students should review their dream school’s requirements at least three times. Do not miss the deadline. Submit the appropriate number of pieces. Follow guidelines.

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Review of the Decade: Ten Trends in Global Education

The “tens” are over and it’s been quite a decade in global education. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) became the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a learning crisis was discovered, and randomized controlled trial (RCT) and private school wars showed no signs of abating. We take a look at ten trends that shaped education policy debates this decade…

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Harvard, Princeton Rush to Sell Debt to Yield-Hungry Buyers

In a world of falling interest rates, U.S. universities like Harvard and Princeton are finding love for their bonds from international investors seeking extra yield. Demand for debt of American colleges has increased recently from investors in places like Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, market participants say. That’s helped the universities price about $36 billion of bonds this year, the most since at least 2004, as they join a global boom in debt deals.

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Hybrid Learning Models

For as much as we’d all like to reopen schools and universities for this coming academic year, even an eternal optimist (like me) has trouble seeing how it happens without great difficulty…

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What are Alan Kay’s favorite books?

I don’t know how to give a reasonable answer to this question, but I don’t want to ignore the question either…

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Scientific Concept

I think the scientific concept that would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit the most is “scientific concept”…

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Bill Gates: Try a career in artificial intelligence, energy or bioscience to make an impact

Dear Class of 2017: Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do—earn a college degree…

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5 Books Every Ambitious Millennial Should Read

Of all the books I read in 2016, the below five changed and formed me the most both professionally and personally…

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For This Year’s Graduates, A Year Of Purpose

As COVID-19 grinds society to a halt and shutters physical college campuses, today’s high school and college students are experiencing their generation’s crucible…

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