Pre-College Portfolio Preparation

Overview

Our School of Art's annual Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop offers students an engaging and rewarding experience in a reimagined virtual environment! The summer 2021 course is set for July 12-23.

The course, taught by RIT School of Art drawing and painting faculty via Zoom, is an annual two-week visual arts class designed to prepare the portfolios of rising high school juniors and seniors for admission to college art programs. Over the course of two weeks, students will create still-life drawings, gesture drawings of the figure and explore techniques for drawing the human head. RIT faculty will show demonstration videos and detailed step-by-step slide shows, as well as lead live demos and both group and individual critiques. Participants will have the opportunity to focus more on drawing of the human figure and still-life drawings, and also create self-portraits. 

The classes are scheduled to run daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, with the opportunity for additional times as needed. Art supplies will be mailed to student participants prior to the start of the workshop.

Output from previous workshops

Cost and Application

Thank you for your interest in our Pre-College Portfolio Prep Workshop! The course is currently full and we are not accepting any more applications at this time. However, you can add your name to the waitlist to be notified if more space becomes available. Email art@rit.edu to be added to the waitlist.

For those interested, we are also offering a Foundations of Narrative Illustration workshop for high school students from July 26-30. The course is led by award-winning RIT faculty Allen Douglas. Learn more at rit.edu/artdesign/illustration-workshops.

Prepped for Success

Denton Crawford

We want to see the students' own creations and drawings from observation. If we don’t typically see it in our reviews, we give those opportunities to the students for their portfolios — we’re trying to give them a leg up so they have more choices."

Denton Crawford

Workshop instructor since 2014

During the workshop, students will complete a range of projects for inclusion in their portfolios in an online environment with creative peers and RIT School of Art faculty. Students are provided the necessary tools and resources to take on assignments that cater to what college art programs are looking for in applicants.

In 2020, the course shifted to an online environment for the first time due to COVID-19, still offering an engaging and rewarding experience for 35 participants. Video by Jesse Wolfe '22.

 

Past experiences:

Dylan Desmarias (Ridgefield, Conn.)

“I would tell anyone interested in art to take this course. I have had an awesome experience. Not only does it get you pieces for your portfolio, but it’s like a pre-college experience. It’s been a sneak peek at the future and I’m excited to go to college because of it.”

Juliet Hull (Burnt Hills, N.Y.)

“This program gives you a head start on the projects that you’re really going to want for your portfolio. It’s less of a stress because you have a head start from some of the stuff you’ll work on during the school year.”

Elizabeth Lowe (North Canton, Ohio)

“Printmaking and figure drawing was something that I got to try for the very first time, which was really exciting. There are a lot of things that I’ve been able to experience and technical skills that I’ve learned during the course that are opening my eyes to bettering myself even more than I thought I could and getting me ready to handle college art.”