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 two different ways — on paper and in their art portfolio. The visual artist has a second opportunity to display their talents to the members of the admissions and review committees. This makes the portfolio an all-important part of the process.