Portfolio Master Class

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

Portfolio Master Class

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. campuses

GA D.C., 1776
1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington D.C. 20005

GA D.C. (Northern Virginia)
2231 Crystal Drive #1000
Arlington VA 22202

About this class

Two dynamic veteran art and product design professionals come together to provide a deep, honest, and actionable critique of your design portfolio: including design communication, semiotics/meaning, user experience, task hierarchy, interaction and interface design, aesthetics, visual design, and design strategy.

Not only will you receive world-class professional insight into the quality of your portfolio and how to improve it, but you will also learn and practice essential hands-on skills to help you effectively solicit, give, and receive critique once you leave the classroom.

Takeaways

  • Students will be able to solicit, give, and receive effective critiques on their creative work.
  • Students will receive a deep critique on their portfolio from two top art and design professionals.
  • Students will leave the workshop fired up to improve their own work, and armed with the skills to engage in effective ongoing creative collaboration in their professional lives.

Prereqs & Preparation

  • A complete design portfolio, including an About section, a minimum of three project case studies showing work samples, and a resume, is required for this workshop.

  • Students should come prepared to get up in front of the group and present one of their case studies for critique in approximately 10 minutes. Not only that one case study, but the entire portfolio, should be ready for critique, to the best of the student’s ability.

  • Portfolio must be accessible on the web.

  • Students should be prepared to share at least one and up to three specific key questions/concerns they have about their own work. Examples could be:

"I'm concerned that my portfolio is too research-centric to get a UX generalist job - am I communicating my breadth enough?"

"Is my visual communication strong enough? How could I make it stronger?"

"I'm wondering if I have effectively demonstrated my own contribution to my group projects while giving my co-collaborators credit for their work?"

  • Students will be required to participate in giving as well as receiving critique.

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