faq

Here, you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive at Toronto Art.

HOW LONG SHOULD A PORTFOLIO PREPARATION TAKE?

It depends on the person, but it usually takes one to two years. At Toronto Art, we cover all the requirements, from the basics to advanced-level artwork, using step-by-step instructions.

HOW MANY PIECES SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PORTFOLIO, AND IS MORE BETTER?

Portfolio arts are made within two years and show the best of your creativity and originality in 15 to 20 works. Some schools require an at-home test and additional exercises. Reviewing the school’s guidelines and submitting the work accordingly is best.

WHAT DIRECTION OR TRENDS DO THE PORTFOLIO PREPARATIONS FOLLOW?

Students should consider that art schools look for more individuality and more creative solutions in their works. The outcome will be much more satisfactory if we combine technical skills and more creative freedom. The focus should be more on observational drawings and paintings and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE SHORT-TERM PORTFOLIO PREPARATION CLASSES?

Yes, it is possible. It also depends on how many and which schools you are applying to. Every applicant’s ability is different, and there is no measure to check their level. So limiting the time frame means they are forced to work fast, resulting in artworks that may lack quality. Only if you are a recent graduate of an art school might it be possible to achieve quality quickly.

DO I HAVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENT PORTFOLIO FOR A SPECIAL MAJOR?

Applying to general studies requires fundamental art skills in observational drawings and paintings. Students who show originality and creativity in experimental artwork rather than submitting the traditional methods generally do better. Some schools have direct applications to specialized majors that need some technical paintings.

WHAT ASPECTS WILL AN ASSESSOR LOOK FOR

Each school varies, but many say that although the works of many students show technically excellent artworks, they lack personality and creativity. They are more interested in seeing rough but experimental and unusual ways of seeing and solving issues. So it is best to demonstrate more creativity than technicality.

I DIDN’T MAJOR IN ART, BUT COULD I TRANSFER TO AN ART PROGRAM?

Most undergraduate programs do not restrict applicants as long as you prepare the best artwork your major target program requires. The same can be said for graduate studies. The best work means that it has to show your originality, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Your work should demonstrate your artistic potential for growth.

DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS?

Yes, they may. They receive fewer opportunities than domestic students, especially at state universities. These offer very little or no scholarships for international students. In recent years, however, they have increased the amounts and added categories for international students. This is because they would like to attract and retain talented students by offering more opportunities for international students. International applicants should have their academic GPA at top levels and produce their best portfolios. Once accepted, international students with an outstanding GPA and artwork may be offered scholarships accordingly.

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