Your portfolio will often have only one chance to attract the viewer's interest and leave a lasting impression. So, what makes a portfolio successful? To deepen our understanding of this question, we have spoken with jury members, gallerists, curators, artists, graphic designers and photographers. Based on our findings from these discussions, we developed this course. It is organized as a step-by-step-guide, which will give you a comprehensive understanding of all the different components needed to build a strong portfolio.
What you will learn
Course plan (scroll down)
13 Chapters - 40 min
1. What is a portfolio? What should it contain?
2. Understanding the jury review process
3. Selection of works and number of pages
4. Taking high-quality documentation photographs
4.1. Setting the scene
4.3. Camera settings
5. Digital and printed portfolios
6.1. Layout program
6.2. Layout aspects
7. Artist resume and curriculum vitae
7.1. Different meanings in the United States and in Europe
7.2. Content and structure
8. Cover page
13. Final notes
About your tutor
Jordie Oetken is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work employs scale, lighting, and strategies of containment to maintain a continuous tension, asking the viewer to oscillate between their desire for clarification and the ambiguous narrative power of the image.
Oetken’s work has recently been exhibited at No Moon LA, Praz-Delavallade, and Tiger Strikes Astroid Los Angeles. She has instructed at the UCLA Summer Art Institute, the CalArts CSSA program, and assisted in the instruction of various advanced photography and theory courses at UCLA. Oetken has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell, Lighthouse Works, Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale/Norfolk School of Art.