Are you interested in studying fine arts but aren't sure if your artwork measures up? Then come to Portfolio Day to get one-on-one constructive feedback about your work from faculty members and current students of Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts.
What is Portfolio Day?
Portfolio Day is not a competition or an interview - it's an invaluable opportunity to see if you're on the right track, to find out more about the fine arts programs offered by Concordia, to discuss your goals, and to ask about possible career paths.
You'll meet other prospective students, too, who share your passion for creating. Keep in mind that there will be people with a wide variety of skills and experience. Don't be discouraged if you see work you think is "better" than yours; everyone has a different creative journey. Portfolio Day can be a little bit intimidating - but it can also be inspirational!
Open to those considering either the undergraduate or graduate programs at Concordia, Portfolio Day helps you prepare a strong application and increase your chances of being accepted.
Do make sure to come early! You'll be able to speak with more professors and have a more rounded experience if you leave yourself plenty of time. Please note that newcomers will not be permitted after 3 p.m.
We'll be evaluating portfolios for the following programs.
Art History and Studio Art
Design for the Theatre
Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice
Intermedia / Cyberarts
MFA in Studio Arts (excluding Film Production option)
Painting and Drawing
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to Portfolio Day? Bring
your most recent and best work, but you can also include work in
progress and sketchbooks. Bring your original artwork whenever possible,
and don't spend time and money matting or framing - the work itself is
what is of interest. Works that are too large or too fragile to
transport may be presented as photographs or in digital form. (A limited
number of computer stations will be available.)
Bring an open and
curious state of mind, too! This is the perfect time to talk about your
artwork, and your academic and career aspirations.
My portfolio is incomplete. Can I still attend? Absolutely!
This is your chance to see if you're on the right track. You'll be able
to receive feedback on your work in progress and ask questions about
our programs and portfolio requirements.
What kinds of questions could I prepare? It's
important to have a conversation with the professors reviewing your
portfolio. They have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with you
(and it doesn't hurt if they get to know you a bit!)
Here are some questions to help you get the ball rolling:
What are the facilities like in your program?
What stands out as exceptional in your program?
What are alumni from this program doing now?
Will I have many opportunities to exhibit my work?
How can I get involved in all the interesting things that happen outside the classroom?
Do you have any tips that can help me have an enriching and successful experience at the Faculty of Fine Arts?
Do I need to register for Portfolio Day? No. Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors close one hour before the end of the event.
When is the best time to come? To
see the most professors and get the most from your experience at
Portfolio Day, arrive as early as possible. If you wait until near the
end, you will most likely be disappointed. In fact, no newcomers will be
allowed in after 3 p.m.
Please note: Admission and scholarship decisions will not be made during Portfolio Day.