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Why a Summer Art Program is Good For Your Portfolio

Posted by Brett Goldenhorn on Mar 7, 2016 12:37:35 PM

Summer Art Program Faculty and StudioSo you are thinking about studying art in college or university, but you’re looking for that final push to transform your portfolio from good to great! You may think that you can wait until you get back to school and work with your teachers to create your body of work, but you’d be missing an incredible opportunity.

Attending a summer art program has endless benefits, but you don’t have endless amounts of time, so let me outline just four major benefits that a art camp for high schoolers like this will have on your portfolio.

  1. University faculty – Who better to help you develop your portfolio for college admissions than college art professors themselves? Attending a summer art camp for high school students is a bit like insider trading, but completely legal and a great way to gain a bit of insider knowledge into what admissions officers are looking for.
  2. Surround yourself with talented art students – Push your creativity out of its box. Being immersed in an environment where everyone is striving for excellence makes you more susceptible to hard work, new motivations and more experimentation. Add in the artistic element and who knows what you might come up with.
  3. Facilities unlike any other – University art facilities are likely more advanced, better equipped and more modern than any you have worked in before. Being in this type of environment removes all distractions and lets you focus on exactly what you should be focusing on – your art.
  4. Professional photography – One of the most frustrating components of building an art portfolio is ensuring that the quality of your portfolio photos is as high as it should be. Most summer art programs will give you the option of purchasing professional photography for your work at a significantly discounted rate, with the guidance of professors who really know what they’re doing. This is a small, but incredibly important detail that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Creativity is a hard thing to quantify, but being involved in a program where you are being guided by incredible faculty, surrounded by incredible talent and working in a state of the art facility certainly makes it easier to focus on exactly that – your creative side. If you are struggling to find that missing piece to the perfect portfolio, consider the art programs at Penn!

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