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All art & design majors should keep a process portfolio of work from each class. These portfolios include examples of the range and quality of work you have done in all of your classes. As a central focus in your studies, a process portfolio will:

  • Help you develop personal identity with and pride in your work.
  • Provide an effective critical tool to use in the development of your work.
  • Demonstrate the progress in your studies and help you determine future directions in your studio work.
  • Be used as a vital instructional tool to be presented during sophomore review or senior thesis.

General portfolio needs
All work must be kept in good condition. This means no folded work, no work on two sides of a page, all drawings fixed and protected in folded paper or with cover sheets, all work on boards protected by folders or coversheets, and the entire group of work in a protective portfolio case. The portfolio case does not need to be expensive or even a purchased item. Cardboard, folded, and with the edges taped, will make a workable early portfolio case. A more professional case will be needed as students prepare to graduate, but there will be specific types for each area as explained by individual instructors. Three-dimensional work needs to be represented by professional quality slides or color prints (or the actual work if it can be practically kept with the portfolio). Functional ceramics or metals work, for example, need to be represented by the actual work whenever possible – but will still need to be professionally photographed.

You will learn to photograph two- and three-dimensional work during your time at ONU. You will learn how to accomplish this low-cost process on your own or with assistance. The necessary equipment and studio for this work are part of the art department facility.

Portfolio needs at each level and for each degree

Foundations Year
Through the foundations program, all A&D majors have similar class and portfolio requirements. At the end of each foundations course, your instructor will ask to see a portfolio of your work. This will be a comprehensive representation of all the types of work you have done during the semester in that class. At the end of all your foundations courses, your review portfolio should contain several works from each class. This portfolio will be presented during sophomore review (winter).

Art education students will need to keep a review portfolio like other A&D students. The works in this portfolio will be used for assessment of your progress in the program, and, just as importantly, as personal resource materials for your teaching career.

Sophomore Year
As you progress in your studies, you’ll most likely replace some earlier work with newer work. However, it is essential that you retain these earlier pieces, if not in the actual portfolio case, then in a protected area in your residence. Be sure to keep work organized and don’t “misplace it over the summer!” Held during the winter and run by faculty members, sophomore review meetings cover work from a student’s freshman and sophomore years. You must attend a sophomore review meeting to graduate.

Junior Year
At this level, your portfolio starts to focus on work from your area of emphasis. It also retains the best of earlier works in a protected area in your residence. By the end of this year, the portfolio should contain a finished early draft of your artist's philosophy/statement and a basic personal résumé.

Senior Year
During the last two years of study, the larger class studio portfolio will be refined into a graduating/professional portfolio. This portfolio primarily contains work from the last one or two years of study in your area of emphasis. All art and design majors are required to show their final portfolios in a senior exhibition in the Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries. The specific needs of the portfolio at this level are more completely explained in the senior thesis/capstone brochure.

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed