CalArts’ Graphic Design Portfolio Development Workshop is a four-week online workshop for pre-college students who are interested in enhancing their college application portfolios to graphic design programs, as well as students looking to recharge or sharpen their existing design portfolios.
The four assignments and associated lectures are designed to help you cultivate a visual and historical awareness of graphic design. Here you will have the opportunity to develop, explore, and expand your formal visual skills through one of four components essential to the study and practice of this discipline:
For Fall 2014, this pilot workshop is being offered at a special discounted rate for a limited number of students. Participation in this workshop does not imply an admissions advantage to CalArts or any other institution.
The course is supported on Tenlegs , a networking site and creative collaboration space. Through Tenlegs you will have immediate access to a peer group of like-minded artists for feedback and exchange that can continue on the platform after the class has ended.
Each week, the instructors will give a short video lecture as an introduction to one of the above themes. They will then deliver an assignment that will give you an opportunity to put those thematic ideas to work. You will work on your assignment on your own time and upload it to the class module on Tenlegs by a set deadline. At the end of the week, the instructors will give you direct feedback on your submission through a video critique. In preparation for each assignment, you will also be encouraged to collect, catalog, and share your research and reference material into "mood boards"—a key component in your work as a graphic designer.
Enrollment in this workshop is based on the instructors' review of your current work. To apply, send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org  by the application deadline listed above:
Please specify in the subject line that you are applying for the Graphic Design Workshop.
Note: You must be 14 years old or older to take part in this workshop.
If accepted, you will be sent an email notification with a reminder to settle your student account. Review your options for payment .
To access the online classroom and participate in critiques, students need to set up a user profile/account on Tenlegs . Create your profile with the same name and email address you provided in your application materials. There is no additional cost to set up an account.
For your work in this class, you will also need the following: