PORTFOLIO TIPS 

What kind of works can you show?

- WORKS/ PROJECTS: If possible show a diversity of works/projects (of the past 3 years in all the media you have worked with so far); you can think of drawings, paintings, sculptures, designs, graphics, clothing, photos, videos, etc..

- SKETCHES: make sure you also include sketches, sketchbooks, dummies, etc..

- EXERCISES: material research, visual research, exercises like model drawings, colour exercises, spatial architectural scale models, miniature clay sculptures, etc.

> Make clear which work is based on assignments (from school or a precourse) and which work is ‘free’ (so based on your own ideas);

> Provide insight into your work process, in the way you think and how you develop your work, what your motivation/drive is to make it: you can think of notes, sketches, workbook, try-outs and floor-plans’.

> Realize that not everything has to be finished or perfect, so you can also show things that you are still working on, and even your ‘failures’, and if you have a few works older than 3 years that are significant, you can include them in your presentation. 

What other things can you show?

- Observations from your surroundings (how you look at the world around you), sketches, photos, videos;

- Events, things, artists or other people that inspire(d)/fascinate you;

- In case you have hobbies or other activities that are important to you (like for instance if you make music or are a movie buff, if you skate every day, any specific social/political engagement/activities), let it know or show something of it. 

How can you best present your work?

- Think about how you can best present your work online. Let your visual presentation speak for itself with only minimal explanations/comments, in view of the limited duration of the interview (30 seconds of explanation for 1 project/work is already 1/60th of the maximum interview-time!).

- Collect your physical work in the room beforehand and present it on camera during the interview (let the teacher give directions, so he/she can control the pace and duration).

- Additionally, you can prepare a PDF document/presentation that you can share online during the interview. So, beforehand, make sure you know how to share documents/your screen in the platform used for the interview and keep the size of your documents as small as possible.

- If you want to show videos, create working, easily accessible links (urls), to save time.

- Prepare yourself by testing your Internet connection, your camera and sound, and how to share files/your screen before the interview, to make sure that no technical problems occur during the interview! 

Additional questions

The teacher might ask you a few questions, like below (so you can think about your answers beforehand):

- Why do you choose the Rietveld?

- What do you expect from our program? What do you intend to work on/develop in our program?

- What materials do you like to work with, and why?

- Is there anything special/specific you would like us to know about yourself?

NOTE: if you have any specific questions for the teacher; about the Rietveld Academie, our programme, specific choices you are thinking about, etc.. write them down, so you don’t forget to ask them during the interview.