Portfolio Development for Graphic Design

Portfolio Development for Graphic Design


Credit Fall 2021
08/23/2021 - 12/12/2021

Course Information

Section 002
Distance Learning
TTh 18:30 - 19:30
Russell Toynes

Section 002
TTh 19:30 - 20:40
Russell Toynes

Office Hours

  • T Th
    5:30p - 6:00p
    Email to schedule an online meeting.

Course Requirements

Preparation of a portfolio comprised of completed graphic design projects. Evaluation and demonstration of portfolio presentation methods based on the student’s specific area of study. This course is designed to help the student curate and refine previous projects and prepare a graphic design portfolio consisting of work developed in Typography, Design Comm. I and Design Comm. II.
Courses that meet twice a week online:
Classroom Contact Hours per week: 1.8
Laboratory Contact Hours per week: 2.8*
All courses offered in the Visual Communication department are workforce courses, and may have some transfer restrictions to other colleges. Students interested in transferring courses to another college should speak with our departmental advisors: Kim Aland or Jen Jones, or their Area of Study advisor.”
Required Pre-requisites
ARTC 2447 Design Communication II



Course Subjects

This course will provide you with the tools to effectively enter and build a career in the visual communications industry.
A few words of wisdom—don’t take the class lightly. This is your opportunity to craft how potential employers will see you and your work. Everything will take longer than you think it will. At the beginning and end of this semester, your portfolio and the work within it will be reviewed by industry professionals. Put everything you have into your work, and it will show.
Instructional Methodology
To help you meet course objectives, the teaching methods in this class are based on professional experience and best practices in the area of design and advertising. These methods might include: lecture, demonstration, group critique and one-on-one, group activities and presentations.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
Arrange and refine projects for inclusion in a graphic design portfolio; identify industry requirements for employment; identify current events, skills, attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the industry and relevant to the professional development of the student; and create a professional portfolio and assets to self-promote.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • modify, polish and perfect their portfolio pieces
  • create a digital portfolio and shareable PDF
  • plan and schedule their own work flow and time
  • create a self-identity system, including professional resume, business card, thank you card and envelope/mailer
  • demonstrate networking, job seeking, self-promotion, and interviewing skills
  • critique their own work and the work of colleagues/peers
Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the graphic design program, students will be able to:
  • summarize design principles, concepts, styles and terminologies
  • use industry standard tools to create design work
  • apply design principles and theories to design problems through design work
  • develop design work based on current industry standards and relevant trends