BFA Art School Portfolios Premium Track

Preparing an art school portfolio to apply for an undergraduate BFA degree is a major undertaking, and it can be an intimidating process that is stressful, especially if you are doing it all by yourself without any guidance or assistance. The curriculum we will use is from our BFA Portfolios Track.

Here is your opportunity to work with guidance and comprehensive support from Prof Lieu and the Art Prof staff.

Enrollment is currently closed

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Premium Track Features

  • 6 students only, allowing for close guidance and prompt feedback, and comprehensive attention from our staff.
  • 2 live voice sessions every week with Prof Lieu and a Teaching Artist.
  • Voice sessions are about 60 min., held in our Discord.
  • 6 week tracks only: 30 min., one-on-one review with Prof Lieu at the end of the track.
  • Access to private channels in our Discord where you’ll get support and critiques from our staff.
  • Premium Track “alumni” will continue to have access to the private Discord channels once the track ends.

Watch a voice session

I really enjoyed my experience in the class, and I’m so excited about how much I improved. I wasn’t sure exactly what I would discover with my work along the way, but I learned more than I expected.

I so appreciated the dedicated one-on-one time. I think that helped me more than anything.

About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020. See Prof Lieu’s full CV.

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our premium tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

For example, if you are doing the Painting Premium Track, you could choose any paint media: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheacrylicoilswater mixable oilsink wash, etc. We provide a supply list with recommended supplies for each paint media and are happy to provide further support, but you can work with whatever you have! Same with digital software: you can use ProcreatePhotoshopKrita, whatever you have access to.

We recommend for this track using a broad range of art media so you can demonstrate your versatility as an artist, below are lists in several categories of art media you can choose from.

Software List: Digital Media

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Supply Lists: Drawing Media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks

Supply Lists: Painting Media

watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheacrylicoilswater mixable oilsink washliquid watercoloralcohol inks

Supply Lists: 3D, Collage, Printmaking

collage, air dry clay, oil based clay, chipboard, gelli plate monotypes, linoleum block, rubber stamps

Hear from an Art Prof Student

Read Brittany Spiszer’s blog posts about her experience in the Painting Basics Premium Track.

I am super pleased to say that this class is a great representation of college art classes – and even better in some aspects! First, I loved the one-on-one attention we received from all three teachers.

When you’re in college, you might be in a class with 15-20 other students – and competing for attention with 40-60 other students depending on how many classes that professor teaches. This class had 6 students total, which allowed everyone to get ample individualized feedback and guidance.

Brittany Spiszer

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 , Week 5, Week 6

Student info

  • Limit 6 students.
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve.
  • All students are required to join our Discord.

Due on the Registration Deadline


  • We require 4 students to run the track.
  • We will confirm whether the track is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the track does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.


  • All payments are non-refundable if the track runs.
  • There are no refunds for missed voice sessions, or if a student is late to a voice session.
  • We only issue refunds if the track does not run due to lack of enrollment.


Art Prof Scholarships

If we have extra spaces in a premium track after registration closes, we will open up the opportunity the apply for an Art Prof Scholarship, which is a chance to enroll in a premium track for free.

Please do not apply if you are not able to fully commit 100% to the premium track if you are selected for the scholarship. Check all the voice session dates, logistics and confirm that you can be available.

We don’t want to see an opportunity like this wasted, when there are so many people who would benefit.

We cannot make any guarantees that any scholarships will become available, it all depends on whether there are spaces after registration closes.

Scholarship Notifications

To receive notifications of when scholarships are available, please join our Discord server, or sign up for our email list.

Scholarship Applications

You’ll be asked to provide 2 essays via a Google form. Minimum 500 words, maximum 200 words.

  • Essay 1: Talk about your journey and background as an artist, how has it impacted our life, why is it important to you?
  • Essay 2: Explain why you are applying for this scholarship. How will this help you as an artist in the short term and long term? What do you hope to learn and gain from the experience?