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What To Include In A Fashion Degree Portfolio

A Bachelor of Arts in Fashion is a wonderful degree to pursue if you are inclined to be a designer one day.  The degree usually takes four years, during which you learn about industry techniques through required coursework along with a handful of well-rounded electives to complete a degree program.  Before entering any art or design field, one must prove that they are capable of creating visual media with a portfolio submission and often these are conducted as in-person interviews.  Some schools pay more attention to the portfolio than your high school marks so it is important that the prospective student includes the right materials in their submission.  What is the right material and how do you know what to include?  The specifics are different for each school so do your research but with any portfolio submission, it is important to show developed skills and techniques in both your chosen media and basic drawing. 

Here are several considerations for what to include in your fashion portfolio:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skill and capability in a variety of media.
  2. Include evidence of strong drawing skills.  Take a life drawing course and use these gestural poses in your portfolio, or create some portrait drawing with friends.  It is okay to use guiding markers; you don't have to erase them.  They shows process. 
  3. If you have completed and sewn garments, include photos and not actual pieces.  It is much easier to transport and saves a lot of room.  If the jury wishes to see originals, they will let you know prior to the interview. 
  4. Bring a few sketchbooks which show your process.  Most artists and designers are regularly sketching out ideas and these process ideas are important for the jury to see how you think and develop ideas.  
  5. The school will usually specify how many completed pieces they wish to see; this can be between 10 and 20 finished pieces.  Never submit more than they ask for.  Remember, the jury will be reviewing dozens of portfolios and they need to get an idea of who you are as a prospective student and designer as quickly as possible. 

Remember that this is a professional interview and you should approach it as such.  Wear presentable clothes and rehearse your presentation with friends and family.  They will be asking questions about why you want to be a fashion designer, what your inspiration is, and where you see yourself after graduation.  Make sure you know how to talk about fashion design too.  Specific information about portfolio submissions can be found on each school's website, and as long as you provide what they ask for, you have a great chance of acceptance!

 

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