Your Application as Portfolio
We will work on putting together an admissions portfolio that will present you as effectively as possible to the
colleges to which you are going to apply. Your application will consist not only of the actual application, but
· a resumé,
· a record of each of your individual contacts with colleges,
· your interviews,
· the recommendations that your teachers are writing for you
and, for want of a better word, what we’ll call
· your portfolio: a collection of your work, representing your strengths, that you can send in with your actual application.
We hear a lot about the “well-rounded student”. Colleges are looking for a well-rounded freshman class, but that
not mean that everyone in the freshman class has to be “well-rounded.” It does mean that everyone will
specific strength or talent to the class and thus round off the class. The portfolio gives you a
chance to highlight those unique qualities that you can contribute to that class.
You will want your portfolio to reflect your genuine strengths and interests. You will amass a collection of portfolio
items from which you will be able to send
the specific “portfolio” for the specific college. That collection should
consist, as a minimum, of two graded papers, complete with teacher comments and corrections.
It could also include art work, creative writing, recordings of drama, dance and music performances, newspaper
articles, photographs, computer programs you’ve written or graphics you’ve designed, or even journal accounts
of noteworthy experiences.
College admissions committees do not want to wade through voluminous amounts of additional materials, but a
carefully selected and artistically rendered representation of your accomplishments outside of the usual
classroom venue will help round out your profile. The admissions department may choose to send your portfolio
to one of the departments at the college, e.g., the drama department, the art department , the computer science
sports team coach….It’s always good to have someone in a specific department
pulling for your
never too early to start pulling out materials that you could use; the sooner
you begin to compile your
collection, the easier it will be to have it ready when it’s necessary to submit to the colleges.
Of course, some of you may be putting together an actual portfolio, for an art school. In that case, you’ll work
our art department as well as with me to come up with one that will represent
your best efforts. If you’re
applying for a performing arts program, you will need to prepare for an audition, again something you’ll work on
with the professionals you work with here and with any outside music, dance or drama teacher/professional with
whom you may work.
of you who are submitting a full-fledged arts supplement or portfolio will also
need a “professional”
resumé (a resumé listing your accomplishments, activities
and educational background in the particular arts
area for which you are
submitting your portfolio or arts supplement) AND a recommendation from the
professional with whom you have been working.
most applicants, however, the regular resumé and the extra “portfolio”, along
with two teacher
recommendation and the RCDS profile will be all that is needed. We will discuss this on an individual basis
be sure we have the best possible “portfolio” for your applications.