Concentration (Second Year) Review

All Art & Design majors are required to participate in review sessions. The second review, called the Concentration Review, is conducted at the end of your second year as an Art & Design major.  It allows faculty to evaluate your progress in your specific area of concentration. You will be expected to demonstrate that you are beginning to narrow your focus and are showing aptitude and commitment within a specific art & design field.

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Graphic Design Concentration Review

  • This review is for those with concentrations in Graphic Design and Graphic Design/Advertising.
  • For details and requirements please visit the Canvas course created for your review. If you are not enrolled in the course please contact the Art & Design administrative coordinator. 

Interior Design/Architecture Concentration Review

  • This review is for those with concentrations in Interior Design/Architecture.
  • For details and requirements please visit the Canvas course created for your review. If you are not enrolled in the course please contact the Art & Design administrative coordinator. 

Fine Art Concentration Review

This review is for those with concentrations in Painting (Two-Dimensional Design), Sculpture (Three-Dimensional Design), Photography, and All-levels Teaching.

The items below must be organized neatly within a PowerPoint or Google Presentation document ready to be presented at your review meeting. Please bring a USB drive or link to an online file for this presentation. 

Sample Template
Here is a link to a sample template. Open the presentation template with Google Docs. Once there, click on “File” and then “Make a copy…”

1) Résumé (all concentrations)
Your résumé must include but is not limited to:

  • art experiences
  • work experience (all work experience is appropriate)
  • computer software experience or skills
  • extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, etc.)
  • significant interests and/or volunteerism

Immediately following your résumé on separate pages include:

  • a list of all art event credits submitted
  • identify art competitions you have entered, especially the Annual Student Competition, the names of piece or pieces entered in the competitions, and the results (e.g. works that got in, awards)

2) Examples of Artwork

See guidelines below for your specific concentration.

Important Instructions for Presentation

  • If your work is already in digital format you can often save as a PDF and import directly into the presentation software.
  • Scan artwork when size allows to avoid camera lens distortion of edges. (please watch this video tutorial on scanning)
  • Photos of your work should be as large as possible and in focus. One image per slide is generally best. You may include multiple images of the same piece if you would like to highlight specific details of the work.
  • Photograph your work in bright, even light to avoid glare or reflection (please watch this video tutorial on photographing work).
  • Simple adjustments to contrast, brightness, and cropping are expected where appropriate (please watch this video tutorial on editing images).
  • PowerPoint backgrounds should be solid black or white without elements that distract from your work or writing.

Bring the following to your meeting:

Powerpoint or Google Presentation on USB drive. This presentation should include the following, in this order:

  • résumé (as noted above)
  • art event credits
  • art competitions
  • 10 finished works not shown in your first year review.  At least 5 of these must be within your area of concentration [ Painting (2D), Sculpture (3D), etc.].
  • a list of about 3 potential internship experiences that would assist you in your career path

Besides the presentation, bring one actual work with you, the one you plan to discuss (see the second bullet point below).

Be prepared to discuss the following:

  • Your anticipated career path (e.g. graduate school, gallery sales, literally whatever you imagine doing with your degree)
  • The formal, aesthetic, and conceptual choices behind the actual work you bring to the review
  • Your strengths and weaknesses as an artist and/or art student
  • What inspires you? What artists inspire you? What you are passionate about?
  • Your impressions about our program and specifically how you could improve your engagement with our program