At NPC, we are not only guiding our students for successful enrollments into universities but also helping them to become fully prepared to the intensive coursework and quick-paced university life that is to come, to survive in a highly competitive world. Every year during the busy season of college and university applications, admission officers from top art and design institutes come to NPC and give portfolio reviews, saving students the time of having to wait in big line-ups at portfolio fairs. To help students be their best for applications, we focus on:
At, NPC, we provide students with a platform to communicate with senior artists and designers, to share and discuss about their dreams, and to be clear on their choices to make sure they are on the right path to success.
Portfolio Development and Design Major Training
VIP Customized Art & Design Courses
One-on-one Art & Design Training in Group Courses
Art & Design Programs for Art Major Students
What is an Art Portfolio?
An art portfolio is a collection of your best works which may contain sample paintings, 3D sculptures, printmaking, graphic design, textiles or other visual art forms. Curate your best artwork and showcase your ideas, artistic skills, creativity, and experiences all at once.
The best post-secondary art and design programs in North America and Europe review art portfolios in their admissions process. A strong art portfolio will demonstrate your level of creativity and technical skill. Your portfolio will help the program department you are applying to understand your artistic potential. At NPC, we will help you hone your creative and technical skills so that you are able to prepare the best possible portfolio.
Art Portfolio Development
Spark your inner potential and create your own unique works of art. Everyone has their own endless well of creativity but most have yet to discover their true talents and dig deep enough to develop their potential. NPC’s After School Program will bring you to a whole new world where you can fully experience the satisfaction of creative growth as an artist and designer.
At NPC, we help our students develop a mature portfolio so that they have the best possible opportunity to be successful in their applications to leading post-secondary art & design programs. NPC instructors will assess your capabilities and tailor the curriculum to support the growth and development that is consistent with your post-secondary aspirations.
In preparing your portfolio, you will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of techniques, exchange creative ideas with your instructors and peers, and cultivate a mature/professional portfolio upon by the end of the program.
There is a large difference between a post-secondary course and a high school course. At NPC, we will help you prepare for your ideal post-secondary art and design program and we also help you acclimate to the intense pace of university. NPC’s program will provide you with a dynamic artistic atmosphere and environment. You will have the opportunity to work independently, in peer groups, and leverage the knowledge and expertise of our instructors who are practicing industry professionals. By the end of your program, you will be able to express ideas visually and conceptually through presentations and critiques.
Art & Design Programs
NPC provides leading art and design courses in the following areas: 3D animation, game design, entertainment design, concept design, industrial design, architectural design, fashion design, interior design, illustration, jewelry design, graphic design, and photography. Different disciplines have different requirements and foci. Our curriculum is customizable and will enable you to hone in on specific areas of interest, develop solid foundation skills, broaden your knowledge and creative potential. NPC guides students to develop the qualities of an outstanding designer.
Questions & Answers
“National Portfolio Day” 国际作品集审查日活动，每年9月之后陆续在美国加拿大等约40个城市举办，来自北美地区的艺术设计院校的招生官老师或学校代表，和学生面对面交流，并简要评估学生现有的作品集。绝大多数院校只是给予作品的审查和指点，不会在当日给出录取offer。少量院校如芝加哥艺术学院，会为作品集比较出色学生颁发“有条件录取信（conditional offer)”，鼓励学生继续提交申请芝加哥艺术学院。在温哥华举办的作品集审查日活动，通常是每年的11月中下旬或12月初。大温地区甚至周边城市的艺术考生，都很重视这个与梦想大学老师面对面的机会，带着作品来参加。要想在有限的时间内能让尽可能多的大学老师审查自己的作品，很多学生及家长都是一大早甚至凌晨就来排队，的确很辛苦。考虑到大家的辛苦，NPC艺术设计学院每年都会举办“作品集面试周”活动，将北美顶尖设计院校的招生官老师请到NPC，为我们的应届考生进行作品集面试和指导，同时为家长和学习设计专业的低年级学生进行院校及专业详细讲解，让学生及家长提前对这些高校和热门专业有所了解，确立目标和方向，早做规划和准备。
报考设计专业，作品集可谓是重中之重。除此以外，申请必须提交的还 包括：高中（或大学） 现有的成绩单；大学本科申请要求，需要申请人至少高 中毕业，所以在毕业之后还要提交毕业证明；由学 校老师、辅导员老师、雇主或 者专业人士为考生撰写的推荐信；国际学生需要提交英语语言考试成绩，暨 托 福、雅思等考试成绩。除作品集以外，能够全面展现学生才能的还包括：1）申请 人的个人艺术陈述， 以文字形式提交，字数也因学校而异，大概在300-500字左 右，能够反映出申请人的优势、特点以及未来 学习目标，为什么报考该校或选择 该专业等。2）课外活动或从事过的艺术实践活动，以及课余做过的义 工等内容。 3）曾获过的奖项，学术方面或艺术方面、文体方面的都包括。有些学校及个别专 业还要求学 生要完成命题作品。
My child really loves art and painting, but he is not sure which major to go after
We will make customized plans for every student based on his or her specialty. There are designing majors of various kinds. And among them, in North America, the most competitive and popular ones are Animation, Entertainment, Game Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Multimedia Design.
When should we start preparing portfolios?
Preparing for portfolios is a long process, which requires students’ continuous creation. Also, the amount and the degree of difficulty of portfolios vary from school to school, and from major to major. Students should start preparing for portfolios since tenth grade, especially for those students applying for Animation major and Concept Design major.
What’s the requirement for acdemica courses, especially English Proficiency tests?
English 12 and IELTS test are indeed a challenge for many immigrant students. Even though some of the art colleges in Canada state that applicants are exempt from providing IELTS test transcripts, given that he or she has attended full-time high school education in Canada for at least 3 years, many art colleges in United States still require IELTS test transcripts. Some colleges like University of Rhode Island and many Ivy-League schools even require SAT test results. These English Proficiency test requirement is set to ensure that International students have the necessary English skills to understand academic writing, learning and communicating, so that students can focus on their art major studying. A good academic background in general knowledge courses will surely make a student’s application more competitive. Besides, some majors will have explicit requirements on certain subjects. For example, an Architecture major especially value a student’s capability on Math and Physics.
My child likes art since he was a kid, but he has never been trained properly in this field. Can he still apply to art colleges if he has absolute no such background?
Absolutely. Some people might say that you have to get trained for several years in painting or you have to be a genius to apply to art colleges. Well, that is not the case. Actually, colleges aboard value students’ creativity and idea more. Many students with no background got into their dream art schools after taking a certain amount of painting and creating training.
Is the training direction differs between North American and China？ If yes what are the differences?
To start with, North American art colleges value creativity more, while Chinese art colleges value techniques more. Also, North American art colleges are generally classifies into two kinds, one provides preparatory courses, and the other one does not.
How do we finish these portfolios? What kinds of preparation are needed?
It usually takes a year to finish a portfolio. The requirements vary among different schools and majors, and the whole preparation process is usually very complicated.