<p>I had to take this year off due to financial reasons, but I would have been going into my Junior year this year. I spent the past two years at Pratt MWP, and was planning to go on to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn but then financially it didn't work out. My new goal is to get into RISD (same price but I want to try!). It was a dream for me back in high school but for whatever reason I didn't end up applying. My first question is, what is a "good" GPA for a transfer student? I have a 3.4 cumulative GPA for my freshman and sophomore years. Is that considered a good score to have? In terms of RISD, would they think that is above average or just average?</p>
<p>I am confident in my portfolio (I would be applying for their graphic design program), but does anyone have any tips in terms of what to put in it? I have some graphic design work, but the main type of art I create edges toward fine art/graphic design. Should I put in more of one than the other (like more of my fine art graphic design than branding/logo work)? Also, I do paint, so how much of a mix of my art should I put in? One other thing I have is that my logo is being used by a local food kitchen, and I have work in two publications since this summer. Will that help my chances of getting in? Any advice is much appreciated!!!!! :)</p>
It sounds like you have some impressive accomplishments to highlight in your application. I don’t know the answers to most of your questions, but maybe you can either get the info on the RISD site or just call them to ask what to include in your portfolio. Is there any chance you can visit and sit down with an admissions counselor to go over your portfolio? I would imagine transfer admissions differs to some extent from freshman admission. Your grades sound good and it’s possible that at this point they will be more interested in your portfolio. Let us know what happens…good luck!</p>
<p>I think your grades and background are fine.
Its going to boil down to your portfolio. You will want more range, and traditional work, but follow Drae’s suggestion. There’s no substitute for getting feedback from the actual school/people involved in admissions.</p>