Sophomore Portfolio Review 2011
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Instructions, Evaluations, Outcomes
Graphic Design program · MARCH 31, 2011
In order to take 300- and 400- level courses in the Graphic Design
program, students are required to meet all prerequisite requirements.
This includes both those courses which are listed as prerequisites
(online at www.pdx.edu/art/graphic-design under the Major Requirements
heading) and the If students have not passed the Review, then
regardless of experience or class standing they are not qualified to
take 300- or 400-level courses. Transfer students who are ready to
begin 3rd and 4th year requirements must also pass the Review. The
purpose of this Review is to ensure that students
are learning the skills required for successful completion of the program.
Portfolios are reviewed by members of the graphic design faculty
according to the categories outlined in the EVALUATION CRITERIA QUALITY
LEVELS (available in this document) and are given scores of:
1·Unacceptable, 2·Sophomore Level, 3·Strong, 4·Advanced, 5·Excellent.
(A description of the Review criteria and quality levels is distributed
during the Spring term at the Sophomore Review Information Sessions.)
The final score determines a result of either a Pass or a No Pass.
Do not assume that having received good grades in classes assures a
passing score in the Review. Course grades are determined by factors
such as attendance, participation, quizzes and tests, reading
assignments, process work, exercises, and software skills as well as
the creative work. Portfolio pieces for the Review, however, will be
judged according to their own merits, without reference to all the
factors named above.
This Review is based primarily on creative performance. Supporting
documentation such as a writing sample, contextual statements, and
process notebook contribute to the evaluation as secondary elements.
The focus of the Review is on the totality of the projects presented,
with emphasis placed on the ability to demonstrate the expertise needed
to be successful in 300- and 400-level courses.
OBJECTIVES / BENEFITS
Students of design gain useful experience by compiling and
presenting a graphic design portfolio. Portfolios are the primary tool
used in the profession to evaluate and hire graphic designers.
Students will receive feedback regarding their overall body of work.
This will be in the form of an evaluation sheet outlining relative
areas of strengths and weaknesses, based on the EVALUATION CRITERIA
QUALITY LEVELS found within this document. This feedback is a very
important aspect of the
Review, as a student’s strengths and areas that need improvement are
evaluated best by providing commentary across a body of work. Example:
reviewing an entire body of work may demonstrate strong typographic
ability, but reveal that similar color and compositional solutions are
employed on multiple assignments.
Students work on their critical thinking skills by writing about
their ideas and design process with regard to one piece of their own
work. This is crucial, as professional designers are expected to
communicate effectively both orally and in writing about their work.