We're looking for your strongest works of art and design. Consider submitting media that demonstrates your creativity and problem solving abilities. We are looking for innovative ideas, conceptual development, interesting compositions, and a readiness to explore the visual arts and design in addition to technical skills and craftsmanship.
Ultimately, you decide what represents you as an artist or a designer. Use your portfolio to give us a sense of who you are, your interests, and how you interpret the world.
You will need to consider how best to can represent your work, whether it be photographs or three-dimensional sculptures, digital designs or scans, taking into account portfolio requirements and accepted media formats. Below are a few tips to get you started.
6 Portfolio Tips
- Choose a digital camera that can take images of high quality and resolution. (Even some iPhones can do this.)
- Take the glass out of framed works to eliminate visual distractions and use use a neutral background, such as a posterboard or blank piece of paper, to put your artwork at the forefront.
- Try to take photos in natural light (without the flash) and when the sun isn't overhead, creating shadows. You have also light your artwork evenly if you have access to studio lighting.
- Alternate the way your work is documented. Use a scanner to scan smaller works or even sketchbook pages.
- Try playing with the exposure, contrast, or vibrancy if you have access to Adobe Photoshop or other image editors to make your work as precise as possible. Adjust for color accuracy and lens distortion.
- Take your time and take a lot of pictures if in doubt.
If you are accepted into IUPUI but do not submit a portfolio, you cannot officially declare a Herron major or register for Herron courses.
The delay in submission of your portfolio may result in becoming off track in your degree timeline, meaning that it will take more than four years to complete your degree, with potential implications for financial aid and attendance costs.