A portfolio is a selection of your artwork that represents the variety and quality of your capabilities as an artist.
It is important to an art college because it exemplifies who you are as an artist. It also gives a sense of your passion and work ethic in relation to your art. The work should demonstrate knowledge and versatility of media and subject matter, combined with an understanding of color, composition and design.
The portfolio should include a minimum of 15 pieces of recent work. You may add more work if desired, including current sketchbooks and journals. Remember that decisions made in choosing what to include in your portfolio are important ones. High school students looking to improve their portfolio should consider taking a summer studio program. More information about KCAI's Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL) for high school students can be found here.
The completion of KCAI's portfolio review is an essential part of the admissions process. The portfolio may be submitted for review prior to the application process in a number of ways:
The portfolio must be submitted for the application process through Slideroom at www.kcai.slideroom.com.
Image requirements: Start by using a digital camera with a tripod to insure a steady camera and a timed setting or cable release. Even if you do not own a camera and tripod, you will be well advised to rent equipment or arrange with a professional photographer to take them for you.
If you want to shoot with an artificial light source, place the two light stands on either side of the piece at an angle of 45 degrees. Keep the stands at equal distances from the work, approximately twice the distance as the camera is placed from the piece. Start with your largest piece first, fill the frame in the viewfinder and continue down to the smallest to insure correct light exposure.
All applicants must have a permanent portfolio on file with your application to be considered for any type of scholarship.
Submission of your portfolio for admission to the Kansas City Art Institute represents valuable time and effort. Protect its value with secure packaging and careful delivery.
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