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Important factors for you to study art

Ed Schoenberg (Admittance Admissions Chair) at Otis College of Art and Design (USA) shares what 4P is most familiar with when enrolling in an Arts School: Passion, Preparation , Portfolio, Potential).


According to Ed Schoenberg, passion for art is very important because it is essential to keep you in the studio for hours. Must have passion, you are ready to challenge yourself every day.

So how to "weigh" the passion of hundreds of candidates every day? His answer is through reading the Personal Statement to find out why you want to learn Design and Art. At this stage, having participated in arts activities at high school or community colleges will help you score.

Schoenberg is of the opinion that even if the school does not offer art courses, a true enthusiast will be attending extra-curricular programs, summer programs or self-employment projects.

The things that old teachers comment on you are also very important in your enrollment decision. Finally, the portfolio itself will help you share your passion with the school's admissions agent, as well as how you talk about that passion in a personal interview. Many universities and colleges also encourage students to attend school visits to get to know each other on this occasion.


There is a small surprise that Otis will see your preparation not only in the Art courses but also in your transcripts and CVs.

The concept of only good Art subjects is no longer applicable to Otis. Because according to Schoenberg, to graduate and possess a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), you have the "B" of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Humanities.

At this stage, the school will look at the subjects you have studied before and the results of your study. How many SAT or ACT scores do you have (which schools often ask for one of these tests) or which Art courses do you pursue?


"Getting into college is a big challenge, but enrolling in an arts school is harder because you need to have one of the things that other universities do not require - a portfolio. "

Each school will have a different criteria for portfolio but most schools want to see three things at the candidate: ability, progress and personal preference.

Your portfolio should incorporate the most elaborate works of observation, drawing, color composition and concept. The Otis School generally wants to evaluate each candidate through at least 12 (at most 20) works.

In which, at least half of the work must be drawn through observational drawing: observation from a three-dimensional object (life, portrait, landscape). For example, if you are portraying yourself, you must paint yourself in the mirror. These works are required to be original works, not rendered from pictures or works of art or personal imagination.

Half of the remaining work needs to address individual strengths and interests without being limited to drawing. In fact, unique ideas and experiments are often encouraged.

In addition, you can also bring works in different fields such as Photography, Video, Drawing, Sculpture, Jewelry, Digital, Graphic Design.



Not all students admitted to the School of Fine Arts and Design are already skilled (because if they do not need to go to school). Otis is therefore very interested in potential students. If the first three elements of P are passion, early preparation and portfolio help the school determine who gets into the school, the other factor is important to encourage potential candidates for the next school year. .

When looking at each applicant's portfolio, the school will provide you with useful advice so please listen to them for success on the next occasion.

He also said that with the development and commercialization, many industries of music, television, advertising, marketing, toys, computer software ... look to artists and designers more.

So, this is the time you should decide to invest in your passion by following the Art and Design schools if you really want to pursue this field in the future.


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