What's a Portfolio?

Your sketchbook should demonstrate how you are practicing and improving your design ideas and art-making skills. Note, portfolios are required only for high school admissions.

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Here's what needs to be in your portfolio:

Sketchbook

Your sketchbook is a view into your design process and a display of your creative thinking skills.

Sketchbooks should include: 

  • Planning (sketching ideas and note taking)
  • Observational drawing
  • Ideas for design
  • Material exploration and experimentation (use of a variety of media)
  • Your personal voice and interests

 

Baltimore Design School - Sketchbook
Baltimore Design School - Portfolio - Show us your best

Show Us Your Best

Your two works of choice should help us get to know you as an individual, and give us the best understanding of your vision as an artist and designer.

This work should NOT be inside your sketchbook. Ideas may include but are not limited to:

  • Clothing
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Fiber
  • Web Design

Redesign Assignment

This assignment shows us your creativity and unique vision. Each design pathway has its own unique challenge. Find the pathway that you’re interested in below for more details.

Fashion Design

Redesign a piece of clothing in a way that changes its purpose. For example, deconstruct a winter jacket to make a summer dress. Document everything: your notes, brainstorming activities, sketches, changes made along the way, and the final redesign product. Be sure to complete the following steps while creating your redesign:

  1. In your sketchbook, add a picture of the original item you are redesigning before creating your new design.
  2. Your new design may be in the form of a drawing, a small model, or an actual product.
  3. Write an artist’s statement to go along with your redesign assignment. You artist’s statement should explain why you chose this piece of clothing to redesign, as well as what changes were made to the original clothing item and why you chose to make those changes.
Baltimore Design School - Portfolio- Fashion
Graphic Design

Redesign your favorite logo, product, app, or website. Show us your notes, brainstorming activities, sketches, changes made along the way, and the final redesign product.

  1. In your sketchbook, add a picture of the original item you are redesigning before creating your new design.
  2. Your new design may be in the form of a drawing, a small model, or an actual product.
Architecture

Do you dream about designing your own museum, home, or skyscraper? This is your chance to take an existing piece of architecture and rework the design in your own style. You’ll need to compile before and after photos of your sketches and renderings to show how you’ve impacted the previous design.

  1. In your sketchbook, add a picture of the original item you are redesigning before creating your new design.
  2. Your new design may be in the form of a drawing, a small model, or an actual product.
Baltimore Design School - Portfolio - Architecture
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