How can I present my work to increase my chances of admission and possible merrit scholarships?

First of all, be sure and follow the specific portfolio guidelines for each institution exactly as they indicate.  Adjust your portfolio according to their instructions — it is never one size fits all. If the school offers portfolio reviews, be sure to take advantage of that excellent opportunity for an “insider” view of your work. […]

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What are National Portfolio Days?

National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, […]

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How important is my portfolio?

VERY. This is your chance to show everything that you do well. And follow specific directions on the school websites. Different schools have different requirements.

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Aside from the art program, what else should I look for in deciding where to attend?

The college selection process is a very complicated one. Try to limit yourself to 4-6 choices based on the things that are important to you. Important things to consider include: geographic location, size and reputation of the school, big city versus small town or rural, the quality and reputation of the faculty, and of course, […]

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Should I apply to an independent art school? Or to an art department that is part of a larger university?

That very much depends on what you are looking to achieve in college and beyond. In an independent art school, you are likely to get a very strong grounding in the visual arts and some exposure to liberal arts courses that will be geared to an artistic perspective. In the art department of a university, […]

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I keep hearing about starving artists. Should I even consider visual arts as a major in college?

Majoring in art is exactly like majoring in any field in college, and in many ways, it is even better. College is always “you get out of it what you put into it”, as the saying goes.  A visual art major is, after graduation, at the same crossroads as an anthropology, psychology, or philosophy major. […]

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Which schools and visual arts programs have some of your students attended?

Aside from university-based programs, our students have gone on to art schools such as MICA, Pratt, Parson’s and RISD.

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How are your workshops geared or tailored to visual artists?

ArtsBridge Visual Art workshops are about the real world of applying to art programs. Working with some of the finest art faculty from around the nation enhances the student’s skill sets and provides an opportunity for clear, concise, and supportive critiques of their work. Students will not just learn about one school’s approach, as they […]

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What do colleges look for in a visual artist that is unique to the art form?

Visual artists are expected to be well-rounded individuals, just like any other college applicant. They should have strong grades in all subjects as well as a rich resume of student leadership and involvement, both inside and outside the classroom. The difference, for most visual artists, is that they need to show their skill set in […]

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What qualities of visual arts separates it from the other arts?

All art is the crossroads of talent, ambition, and energy. Perhaps more than other artists, visual artists are keenly aware of their surroundings. They notice space, color, light, and perspective. Where others may see a great painting and admire it as a whole, a visual artist may see, in addition to the beauty of the […]

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