Low GPA, good SAT, WIP portfolio

<p>I have a 3.55 UW GPA. Don’t know about my ranking, but I’m guessing it’s either just in top 10% or just outside of it. Most rigorous course load.</p>

<p>1480/2230 SAT. No SAT IIs so far.</p>

<p>I’m currently completely revamping my portfolio - I don’t have new pieces photographed/scanned and online yet, but I have a few old ones from a year or two ago (more fine arts oriented landscapes) here:</p>

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<p>They’re not very exciting, or really architecture-oriented. More experimentation with colour, back when I just started watercolour.</p>

<p>I’ve read that GPA+transcript is really important, so with my rather lacklustre school career (upward trend in grades though), should I even bother applying ED? Or shall I go for a fine arts major instead? </p>

<p>Oh, and I’m international. From Canada.</p>

<p>Your GPA is important and that may already exempt you from the most selective schools-(but if it is in the top 10% you might be “ok”). Your SAT is very good on the other hand and I don’t know how much of an impression that would make on an admissions officer. What schools were you planning on applying to? –
As for your portfolio I feel like your pieces so far have a stylistic and “brand” appearance to them. I think you should branch out into different mediums and styles. You don’t need “architecture oriented” pieces, but some sketches or drawings might be a nice complement. The most important thing is that you keep producing. Strong portfolios are made when you don’t just have the minimum amount of high quality work, but a large amount of high quality work and you have to eliminate pieces because you simply have too much to show. Draw/paint everything around you and don’t stop until you absolutely need to- that very last painting may very well be your best work.</p>

<p>Thank you. :D</p>

<p>Dream school is Cornell. Yeah, fat chance. Top 10% gives me a slight chance? I hope I'm in then. If it makes any difference, the highest GPA is 3.71 - we have horrible deflated (and compressed) grades...</p>

<p>Thanks for the portfolio tips! One thing - should I have life drawings? I understand the importance of still lives, but what about actual nudes? I don't have any right now. </p>

<p>Just found a few more pieces I have online:</p>

<p>Still</a> life - typical
Still</a> life - mop
Still</a> life(?) - closet
Conte</a> drawing
Tree</a> painting
Another</a> watercolour</p>

<p>Most will be replaced because they're from at least a year ago, but any more tips on what to actually put in my portfolio would be great. How many still lives? Technical drawings? Colour-pieces? Models?</p>

<p>From what I have seen I like your drawings much more than your watercolors and if you produce work of that quality or higher than I think you could have a very nice portfolio-
Every portfolio is different-- mine had a mix of still lifes/ landscapes/ others-- but it really depends. I have seen good portfolios without a lot of color and ones with only color-- you don't need nudes- I am not sure it would hurt or help- I think that your conte drawing is interesting and I also like the composition of your "typical" still life---- I would say paint more like you draw and keep doing a lot of both. Everyone’s portfolio is different and you shouldn't worry about what you "need" to have, other than a few drawings. Cornell is hard to get into right now-- 1/17, however I think you have a shot- I got in, but chose Cooper Union instead-- keep at it and produce.</p>

<p>Aww, I like the watercolors (but they are all sort of similar if it matters).</p>

<p>The watercolours are pretty on the wall but I can see why they wouldn't belong in a portfolio. They were done as a series of colours (with a couple of botch-ups so I missed 'red', etc).</p>

<p>I have no idea how to organize a portfolio - I guess it depends, but does it usually go chronologically, by colour, by subject matter, or however the person feels like putting it?</p>

<p>I just hope the 3.55 doesn't screw me over.</p>

<p>The 1480 should help you with the GPA. </p>

<p>Kid, you are incredibly fascile. I think you will do well in the admissions process.</p>

<p>Some schools ask for 10 pieces...Personally, I think your ability stands out in

<p>Taken together, those four works show a real capability for abstraction and drawing facility.</p>

<p>Do NOT under any circumstances, organize your portfolio according to chronology or color!! Organize it like a chapter book. Open with a POW!! Sustain interest and intrigue in the middle bits. Leave your viewers wanting more by the end.</p>

<p>Throw more stuff online? Do you have any sculpture or model work?</p>

<p>The tricky intl question: do you need money?</p>

<p>Hey all,
I was just curious, my academic backround is strong, but i am having serious difficulty with the Portfolio. I have worked for an architecture firm for a while now and my problem is as follows. I have done many works, flrplns, sectional drawings, additions, tons of that, BUT art wise, i stopped taking it in 8th grade bcause i had a natural flare for it. Therefore i don't have many works of art, and am lost as what to do because ironically, Cornell doesn't want architecture pieces in the portfolio, but "art" pieces, any suggestions are welllccommeee!! Thanks!</p>

<p>Anemone- your work is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
i just got back from the six wek pre architectur eprogram at cornell... you admissions officer said there that GPA is important test scores are not as important but what their decision really comes down to is your portfolio... your work seems to be very strong and because of your high SAT scores i think that you have a pretty good shot...</p>

<p>Good luck!!!!!!!</p>


<p>Thank you very much. Haha, I think you're right - chronology/colour is probably not the best. So sandwich weaker pieces between strong ones at the beginning and end, like an essay? Hmm.</p>

<p>I'll put on more after I finish five pieces; only two are completely done right now and I want to photograph them all together. They're too big to be scanned. As for sculpture work, I've done a hand, and some raku pottery for a design class, but that was a frog...</p>

<p>Yes, I need money. However, I read that Canadians are treated to need-blind admissions, and Cornell's average financial package (20K-ish per year?) is enough. If I work summers, add that to scholarships, money parents have saved, then I don't have too much debt. <50K, definitely. :)</p>


<p>Hiya, thread hijacker. If you have a natural flare for art, you shouldn't have the problem you're whining about. Go and draw, or just include the stuff you did for the firm.</p>


<p>Thanks! I don't think I deserve that many exclamation marks, but I'm glad you think so. How was the program? I couldn't attend any programs this summer due to a trip to Europe, but everyone I know who did something said they had an amazing time. You too?</p>

I am pretty much just drawing drawing drawing now..I need a few more pieces then a nice idea of how to compile the portfolio...keep in touch man..</p>