Well here's the part that I think will boil down to a chicken and egg question.
Does the "professionalism" or "professional attitude" in a portfolio come before or after a potential student attend school?
I understand you completely Dave, but at the same time I'm also curious how schools rate portfolio submissions. Do you guys go by potential of the students or by their professionalism? How could someone who hasn't gone through formal training understand the requirement of an individual's professionalism in the treatment of their artwork?
I was a lazy arse back in school when it came to artwork presentation....its only through my own competitveness and the good fortune of having older classmates who had gone through some art training themselves, that I was able to pick up on how to present my artwork in a proper manner.
I think dadamafia's thinking along this line. High school students are high school students....with only a fraction of understanding of what's needed of them and how huge a playground it is out there. Maybe here on the "education" forum we can setup a sticky with sample portfolio websites and/or portfolio presentation setups so we can help potential students organise their work better and get them into the career they want to get into.
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