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    Hey,
    I was wondering; how good does a portfolio have to be to get into an art school?
    I'm not really skilled at all right now, but I was wondering for the future.
    I mean, do you have to be at a professional level? That seems like it would defeat the purpose of going to art school.
    What is the average skill level of people applying to art schools?

    Thank you.

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    I was wondering; how good does a portfolio have to be to get into an art school?
    Not very. (But, if you want to get scholarships, very. The tuition of the many funds the scholarships of the few. Which do you want to be?)

    I mean, do you have to be at a professional level?
    Absolutely not.

    That seems like it would defeat the purpose of going to art school.
    Exactly.

    What is the average skill level of people applying to art schools?
    Average.


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    Try, but don't get too caught up in creating the portfolio. you need to at least apply, and try. As the adage goes, "the only way to guarantee a loss, is never to play at all".

    of course the better you are, the better for you. most schools show you the best portfolios as examples of what they want. I've heard that some schools use work that their current students are doing, and you sometimes aren't even seeing the entrance portfolios (if that's true, that sounds a bit unethical though). anyway, often a school shows the best work as exapmles, so that they look better over all.
    "you're only as strong as your weakest link" applies to the colleges as well as your own personal portfolio.

    but basically read Elwell's answer. everything you need to know is right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Not very. (But, if you want to get scholarships, very. The tuition of the many funds the scholarships of the few. Which do you want to be?)


    Absolutely not.


    Exactly.


    Average.
    I actually found out that GPA and low EFC will give you much more in the way of scholarships than portfolio. You need all three really for anything 75% tuition and above. Source: I've talked to admissions directors in a couple of big-name art schools. A good portfolio alone won't net you that much.

    I was judged to have a 'superior quality portfolio' (oh my god that's so far from the truth but I'll take it) at two top schools and was given about 1/8 tuition off at both. A friend of mine, who was judged to have an average portfolio, received about 6/8 tuition (around 25k a year) simply from GPA and high need from both. Seems fairly consistent in the way they hand out scholarships and trust me -- your portfolio only gets you so much.

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    Thanks.
    Interesting, they probably see GPA as representative of responsibility.

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