Portfolio Preparation

Students develop their portfolios through regular, evening and Saturday classes.

Bergen County Academies


This school requires 20 portfolio pieces and 30 minute drawing section at the interview. It is recommended to start preparation in 6th or 7th grade, to be able to develop adequate drawing, shading and painting skills. Artwork has to be observational or done from imagination. Don’t wait until the last minute because you need to select your best pieces.

Art Colleges & Art Programs

Art colleges and art programs within a university setting require 15-20 portfolio pieces from High school applicants. Regardless of what your art major will be the art schools all require a portfolio consisting of black and white observation pieces drawn from life; including a self-portrait, a still life, a pair of shoes or a room interior are among some of the requirements. You are also going to work in color with soft, oil pastels and color pencils. Paint with watercolors, tempera paint, acrylic and oil paint. You will create artworks from your imagination to show the level of your creativity and technical mastery.

Please note that if you are one of thousands of art students all applying to the same art school, YOUR work needs to stand out from others, both technically and foremost creatively. You need to make a time commitment and be consistent in preparation.