BFA Design Portfolio
The portfolio is the one presentable product of a student's time and energy spent in the department and is a key instrument in obtaining professional work or entry into graduate studies. It is a measurable product that can be evaluated. It is derived from your efforts in the classroom and in production. To ensure that you have a first-rate portfolio to launch your career, the department has established guidelines that you will work on throughout your studies.
Basically, each student will be responsible for a presentation to the faculty review team who will review your portfolio in the Fall Semester of your senior year to determine if it meets the departmental standards for graduation. There will be periodic checks and times of advisement so those goals are planned early and reviewed. If the work is absolutely satisfactory, then all is well. If there should be a project or two not up to standard or incomplete, then there will still be time to work on it.
This is a real opportunity to have a large scale, cumulative project that all other projects and assignments point towards. It will keep you mindful of the big picture while you are working on many small ones. It will mean each student will have to take responsibility with the faculty to make sure they are building towards this goal. It will mean that two-thirds of the major projects you work on in class should, either in themselves or re-worked, be of portfolio quality. It will mean that you should not have drawers full of not-good-enough projects. It means the faculty will take an active role in shaping your assignments to meet your portfolio requirements. The portfolio is the result of a working partnership between student and advisor.
You should present only work that you consider suitable to show to a potential employer or graduate school. The work should be appropriately presented and your display should be designed. The portfolio itself is a design! It reflects your standards.
This portfolio presentation will culminate in a design show open to the public that runs concurrently with the last show of the spring semester. This show is mounted in the lobby of Marvel Theatre.
All Scenic Designs Must:
All Costume Designs Must:
All Lighting Designs Must:
All work must be accurately and neatly labeled.
Graduating seniors should meet with their portfolio advisors sometime prior to November. Preliminary portfolios will be presented to the design faculty and students in February.
Final formal presentations will take place in April with all faculty and students invited. Seniors are expected to help make ready, hang and dismount their art work for the design show, which opens concurrently with the spring musical.