BFA Art School Portfolio TRACK

Our BFA Art School Portfolio Track is a structured sequence of prompts and video lessons that will support the development of artworks for your portfolio. This free track is created with the specific intent to balance gaining a broad range of skills while also achieving the goal of creating a finished portfolio for your art school applications.

Visit our Pro Development section for content on BFA programs, BFA Portfolio Critiques, how to prepare an art school portfolio, and MFA Programs.

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Need more guidance, or someone to kick your butt? Purchase our premium track where you’ll get comprehensive support from the Art Prof staff through weekly voice sessions and critiques in our Discord.

Pacing

Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process! Hear Prof Lieu’s explanation of the track in this video.

Share your progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #bfa-track channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from the community! Tag us @art.prof on Instagram with #artproftrack so we can share your work.

Ongoing Assignment

Ideally, this ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the track lessons. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time from the 10 lessons, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The continuity is important so any time that you can draw daily for 3 weeks is great.

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
Prompt

Draw for at least ten minutes daily in your sketchbook. Draw anything you want!

Lesson 1

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
thumbnails

Do several sets of thumbnail sketches.

Lesson 2

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
Gesture Drawings from life

Create 6 hours of 2-10 min. gesture drawings

Lesson 3

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
sustained drawing from life

Create 1 sustained drawing with any drawing medium.

Lesson 4

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
Unconventional supplies

Create 1 mixed media artwork that is a shape that is not a rectangle, and that uses at least 2 media that are not from an art store, and has collage in some capacity.

Lesson 5

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
layered Color

Create a drawing with layered colors.

Lesson 6

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
Color & mood

Create a portrait with an unusual color scheme to convey a specific mood or emotion.

Lesson 7

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
abstract sculptures

Create 2 sculptures that are abstract representations of 2 contrasting sides of your personality.

Lesson 8

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
typography

Create an artwork that incorporates text within the image.

Lesson 9

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
narrative interior space

Create a narrative artwork that shows physical depth through an interior space. Choose from a list of subjects.

Lesson 10

BFA Art School Portfolios Track
imagined exterior space

Create a narrative artwork that shows physical depth through an imagined exterior space. Choose from a list of subjects.

Finished?

  1. Submit your images + info via this upload form.
  2. You’ll receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail! (this includes international people)
  3. We will post your name + one link here on this page.
  4. Your work from the track will be featured in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.