In this course, faculty mentor students in developing a personal portfolio website that showcases a select body of work for potential employers and clients beyond graduation. Students are mentored as they update previous and current projects that demonstrate their unique personal style and professional skills by way of a portfolio portal website showcasing the student's best work from select semesters. The purpose of a portfolio is to demonstrate that you can work as a professional based on manifesting all learning outcomes from previous courses. Previous project criteria are not relevant as all projects will be assessed based on whether it is at a professional level and will contribute to the student acquiring field placement and eventually employment. The final portfolio evaluation provides feedback and constructive criticism to help students identify strengths and weaknesses as they prepare to enter the workforce.
There are two components to this course. The first component, Portfolio Development, is 13 weeks in length and is delivered in a classroom/studio setting. The second component, Field Placement, is five weeks in length. Students must pass the Portfolio Development portion in order proceed to their Field Placement. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week for five weeks on their field placement. Students will not complete semester four in this program until mid-May.