Can having an amazing design portfolio redeem my life?
Topic: Creating a great college essay
May 26, 2019 / By Elenora Question:
To put it frankly: I have royally fudged up my entire college career. I made straight A's in my freshman year but after that things went downhill. I began sinking deeper and deeper into depression. I took a semester off. I basically ruined my grades last semester and this semester. I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple weeks ago, which explains my lack of motivation and constant exhaustion, but at this point it's too late to fix anything. I'm still suffering from depression, treatment isn't helping, and I'm progressively becoming more hopeless, isolated, and out of options. I am not happy at this university. I want a new start for my life and I want to be happy again. I want to know that it's possible, even with my ruined record.
Since I am losing hope of graduating from where I'm at right now. I have decided to forgo pursuing a regular bachelors degree. I always loved school and academia, but at this point, I can't do it anymore. I need to go somewhere else and since my records are not going to make it easy to transfer to another four-year university, I want to go in a different direction.
I have always been an artist, particularly interested in graphic design. In the back of my mind I always wanted a creative career but everyone encouraged me to go in the pre-law/political science direction because I was smart (which, I am beginning to doubt) and great at school. Now that everything has crumbled, I am wondering if I can salvage my life by pursuing design?
I want to put together a mind-blowing portfolio. I am willing to work for the rest of this semester on it and summer on it. I have a list of projects I can do and I want to just pour any ounce of life I have left inside me into this. I want to prove that I am not worthless and I can do something. If I create a great compilation of work that shows I have talent, do you think that could open some doors for me?
As far as art colleges go? Or any other opportunities? I know graphic design is an oversaturated field. I know, but I need to put hope into something. I could write a pretty mean essay when I put the effort into it as well. Maybe with a convincing enough personal statement and excellent body of work, I could pull myself up out of the depths of hopelessness I've created for myself and make something of my life again?
Do you think it's possible?
Best Answers: Can having an amazing design portfolio redeem my life?
Cherokee | 3 days ago
Yes, I think it is absolutely possible. I say go for it! You haven't ruined your life!! Anything is possible. You sound determined and strong-willed. Go for it if it is what you truly want.
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Originally Answered: Do i need a portfolio for a web design/development degree?
I think for web design/development degree you do not need a portfolio but in case the degree is asking for some work experience then you may need to show. Web design development portfolio would include:
- the name of project
- name of client
- technologies used
- what was requirement
- how did you do and deliver it
- a screenshot and link may be required
Grades and school are tools to help you find your career. They are not your career.
Internships, volunteer work, and a part-time job may help you build your portfolio. If a 4-year university is not the type of education you seek, then vocational schools can be options.
Life happens. You don't have a life-threatening disease. Your hypothyroidism can be controlled by medication. Move on with your new dreams and set a few goals that are achievable.
You will go far. Don't give up on yourself. Ask a family member to help you stand up on your own two feet again. There is work for you to be done right now.
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Yep, do it. If you go to an art school, portfolios are what is mostly looked at for admisssions. They can also affect scholarships. And graphic design is a good field.
I'm personally starting college this fall, at the School of Advertising Art. Its a graphic design school, where everything you learn has only to do with graphic design. There are less than 200 people in the whole school, and its in a cool area. It is located in Kettering, OH. I highly recommend this school, or something similar if you can find one.
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Originally Answered: Where can I buy blackboards to create a fashion design portfolio with?
I'm not exactly what you are looking for, but it sounds like what you want is matboard. From my understanding, you want to mount your sketches on a board, then matboard will do the trick. It is available in black and other colours at good arts and crafts stores. You might want to try a Michaels store if there is one near you. Look in the framing department. A full sized sheet is 30 inches by 40 inches. You may want to check some online vendors as well as they may be able to offer you a better price. The art supplier I purchase from (here in Canada) recommends ordering five sheets as a minimum so that it is less likely to be damaged in shipping. But, if you are doing a project, you likely need the matboard now. Then go to Michaels or any framing store or store that mounts posters. They should be able to help you out and if you ask them nicely, they might just cut it to the size you need for your portfolio. Since this is a fashion portfolio, my thought is that you are better to use the matboards rather than a binder as it will look more professional. Make sure you have a portfolio case to put your work in for transporting it. It wouldn't look good to pull your work out of a plastic bag. You can find reasonable portfolio cases at Michaels as well. Good luck!