By Alexia Lang

An artist’s portfolio can be a golden ticket to a world of possibility.

For students, it is what schools use while considering them for admission. For working artists, it’s what potential clients and companies review while deciding if they are the right fit for the job.

Attention paid to detail while assembling your portfolio can really pay off in the long haul.

While working artists might assemble a relatively small sampling of work that relates to the project they are interviewing for, a student’s portfolio should be built with a different approach.

There is no specific formula to use when creating a portfolio. But you should take into account that art schools will review it looking for current skills and future potential of a student.

So, consider including a selection of techniques, mediums and works that show your creative processes.

Some schools will request certain content and technical features. Be sure to check with the admissions department of the school where you hope to attend prior to submitting your portfolio. It’s important to follow any technical requirement the school has in order to avoid being eliminated from consideration simply for not following guidelines for submission.

Most often, a portfolio should feature 10-20 images and descriptions of your recent work. Drawings and three-dimensional creations should show your concept of color theory (effective use of color) and ability to work with different mediums.

Many schools now accept digital portfolios. This can be in the form of a personal website or even a presentation created in Flash, Powerpoint or a video format.

However, it’s always a good idea to build a professional looking physical portfolio that you can take with you to an interview at a moment’s notice.

A little extra time and effort put into your portfolio is the right choice for every artist.

A glimpse into the files of art student’s portfolios …

We spoke to art students in schools across the country to see what kinds of work they are creating for their portfolios. Enjoy perusing the work of these talented artists and looking forward to the fun and interesting creations you will get to tackle once you are accepted to art school.