440 Advanced Portfolio

Art 440 Advanced Portfolio Development

M/W Noon-3

Download the syllabus: art440-portfolio-2019

Your to-do list for the semester.

  • Resume, cover letter template
  • Business cards
  • PDF portfolio
  • Design senior exhibit card
  • portfolio book
  • website/Behance site
  • senior exhibit work and presentation
  • self promo package; leave behind
  • Profession portfolio reviews

Week 1: Introduction

Wednesday, January 16


Introduction: Syllabus, Projects review; Addy award submissions;

Do career self-analysis. Due by end of class via email.

Find your existing resume for next class.

Read this: http://www.howdesign.com/design-career/resume-portfolio/tobias-van-schneider-improve-your-portfolio/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=hw-cbu-nl-180115

Week 2: Marketing yourself, Part I

Monday, no class

Wednesday, January 23

Resume lecture; create, design or redesign existing. if you have an existing one, print or email it to me for content review.

Week 3: Marketing yourself, Part I

Monday, January 28

One-on-one resume review

Analyze your  personal branding and decide if it needs revising or you need to start brand new. We will review existing ID systems and redesign or revamp an ID design for resume, PDF portfolio, website, etc. Show or email me any logos, branding you have for yourself.


read: http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/hiring-by-the-numbers-what-creative-job-seekers-need-to-know/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hw-cbu-nl-180122fw_source=newsletter&fw_medium=email&fw_campaign=hw-cbu-nl-180122

Wednesday, January 30


Cover letter lecture; first draft of resume due

Cover letter. Select an existing job advertisement that interests you. Write a cover letter directed to that job. Keep it as a template to write future letters. Draft due Thursday via email.

personal review of ID system; start work on ID system.

Week 4: Marketing yourself

Monday, February 4


  • revise resume; turn in cover letter; work on ID system

Wednesday, February 6

  • Resume and cover letter draft due.
    Progress crit on ID. Continue to work on ID system. Gather 15-20 images you want to include in your PDF portfolio (If you have one, let’s review in person.)

Week 5: Portfolio development


Monday February 11



  • start senior reviews for exhibit
  • PDF portfolio lesson. InDesign review of hyperlinks. Example: Medley PDF portfolio
  • Final Resume and cover letter due. ID system check.

Wednesday, February 13


  • senior exhibit informational meeting_Mahady Noon
  • Work on PDF portfolio.

Week 6: Portfolio Development

Monday, February 18

  • pdf portfolio check
  • exhibit selection finalized

Wednesday, February 20

Lesson: progress crit of PDF portfolio

Week 7: PDF portfolio

Monday, February 25

  • framing, matting, exhibition

Wednesday,, February 27


Week 8: PDF portfolio and framing


Monday, March 4

Wednesday, March 6

Week 9: Spring Break March 9-17

Week 10: Senior Show prep


Monday, March 18


  • work on PDF; prepare gallery work

Wednesday, March 20


  •  frame work

Week 11: Getting ready for the big show


Monday, March 25

  • prepare gallery work

Wednesday, March 27

  • work to gallery

Week 12:

Monday, April 1


  • finish up work

Wednesday, April 3


  • set up hallway; hang exhibit (Friday morning too if necessary)

Saturday April 6, Senior Exhibit opening


Week 13:

Monday, April 8


  • Lesson: Web presence: Behance and other web based portfolios options

Web site options; do you have one? does it need revising?

Final project: leave behind promo; thank you card

Bound portfolio book discussion: Blurb, LuLu, Shutterfly, iPhoto books;


Wednesday, April 10


Final project: leave behind promo and thank you card

Week 14:

Monday, April 15


Final project: leave behind promo

Wednesday April 17

Web site review


Week 15:

Monday, April 22 Easter break


Wednesday, April 24


  • thank you card
  • exhibit work comes down today

Week 16:


Monday, April 29


crit of leave behind


Wednesday, April 30

Week 17: Last week of class


Monday, May 1: finish Thank you cards and send