Portfolios In Review at Academy of Art University

Fall 2018 Ideate Portfolio Reviews


Even though the Academy of Art University is a school that does not require the preexistence of a portfolio or reel in order to achieve attendance, that does not mean that the school doesn’t help their students in developing one. During your stay at the academy, you will be urged to put together a portfolio of work comprised of your assignments completed at AAU while in attendance. Student work can be invaluable in getting an internship or even landing an entry-level position in the student’s selected industry after graduation.

Since the school is so pro-portfolio building, there is a program that exists called the industry portfolio review at Ideate. This student portfolio review allows those who will soon graduate to get a step ahead in refining their portfolio to show to prospective employers. Andrea Pimentel, co-director of the school of advertising, has commented on the portfolio review on how great of an opportunity it is for students to get active feedback from current local industry professionals. Having this opportunity for constructive critique on one’s portfolio and advice on how to improve their portfolio’s presentation is invaluable exposure for any student in any industry across the school.

Sometimes this review can even lead to possible leads for job opportunities on its own. By exposing their portfolios and reels to current industry professionals, a student can potentially gain the attention of those pros who they are showing their work to for commentary in the first place. Those artists and designers who are exposed to the student’s work are always keeping an eye out for work that stands out from the crowd.

For more than 89 years, Academy of Art University has had its doors open to tomorrow’s art professionals in a wide variety of fields of interest. Despite so many changes that have taken place at the academy over all those years, their core values have always stayed intact. Their vision is to see that all students will be able to gain employment in the fields they are most passionate about after graduation.