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What is Portfolio Review Day?


On April 25, 2023, from 12:30-3:00 admissions representatives from over 10 colleges and art institutions will be coming to NWSA to answer questions about their programs, financial aid, career opportunities, campus life and most importantly, to give you feedback about your selected art works and how to improve your portfolio so it will be a successful part of your application. These review opportunities are most commonly held on their own campuses, or at large event spaces in another part of our city, or a neighboring city. We are fortunate that these colleges have agreed to travel here to see our high school, and meet you here during the school day.  Each review is individual, and your time with the admissions representative will range in time from 10-15 minutes.  


How do I prepare for Portfolio Review Day?


Choose between 8-10 pieces of work that are meaningful to you.  If you have a sketchbook that you would like to share, that is welcomed, as are works in process and not yet complete.  Digital work can be shown when necessary.  Organize your work in a portfolio or large folder (taped cardboard pieces work great.)


Take time before April 25 to review the colleges online that are visiting, you can find the links below.  Many offer virtual tours of their campus.  Look at what each school specializes in, and offers degrees in.  Look at their list of graduates to see if you recognize any artists who went to college there.  Look at examples of their current Visual Arts students work online and on social media.  Review financial aid opportunities, career planning resources and summer programs that you might be able to attend while still in high school.  


Create a list of your top 4 colleges from the research you have done. 


How do I get the most from the day?


Prepare to wait in line to get to your reviews, so plan accordingly for the time that you have.  When it is your turn, introduce yourself, your current grade, and your school (area CMS visual arts students are invited to attend, too.)

Make sure you ask for your admissions counselor’s name and write it down.  Observe reactions to your pieces, and take notes on feedback.  Ask for advice about how to make your portfolio stronger if you should choose to apply.  Ask if the counselor is available by email for additional feedback or questions going forward.  Remember you are being “interviewed” to see if you might be a good fit at this college.  Remember you need to interview the counselor as well, to see if this this college is a good fit for you!  This is your chance to learn about college opportunities that may not have even been on your radar before.   Thank the counselor for their time and move on to the other colleges on your list.  Consider following up with an email to thank the counselor for feedback and for traveling to NWSA-it’s another way to make a good impression and help them remember you!


Please encourage your parent(s)/guardian to attend if possible and give them as much notice as possible to be able to plan for the midday event.  Choosing to apply to an arts based college is often a new idea for parents/guardians, and they need this information too.  Your parent/guardian should not lead your introduction and discussion with the counselor.  They are there to listen and learn about the colleges while you talk about your work and ask questions about the college. If there is time at the end of the review, they can ask a quick question.   Please keep in mind the time limit with each counselor as there will be students waiting behind you.  


You will notice that the feedback on your pieces may vary from one college to the next.  Take note of what each college really likes-it might indicate what their art programs focus on.  Try to write down comments as you go, the day will be fast paced and it is easy to forget who said what!


Have fun and enjoy being able to share your talents and learn about what you may do with your art in college!




Attending Colleges/Universities/Art Institutes Include:


*Savannah College of Art & Design

*Virginia Commonwealth University

*University Of North Carolina School of theArts

*Winthrop University

*Carnegie Mellon University

*Kansas City Art Institute

*University of North Carolina Charlotte

*North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University

*Winston Salem State University

*Columbia College Chicago

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