About Us

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

Arianna Han

Animation Design

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.

Customized Courses

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

中文

孩子非常喜欢艺术和绘画,但不确定报考什么专业?


May根据学生特长为他们量身订制适合的专业。设计专业五花八门,在北美就业市场最抢手的强势专业动画、娱乐、游戏、建筑、室内设计、服装设计、工业设计、多媒体设计都很热门。




报考设计专业,准备作品集我们什么时候开始比较好?


作品集的准备需要持续的进行创作,而且根据所选学校和专业不同,要准备的作品量和难度也不同。报考设计专业,尤其动画专业、概念设计专业,作品集强化训练从10年级就要着手准备。




报考设计专业,对文化课特别是英语成绩有什么要求?


对很多移民学生来说,英语12和雅思考试的确是一个不小的挑战。虽然有些加拿大艺术大学表示,在加国读满3年或以上全日制高中课程的学生可以免提交雅思考试成绩,但大多数美国艺术大学都还是需要雅思成绩,甚至像罗德岛这样的大学及很多常春藤大学还要求SAT成绩。总而言之,这些语言门槛的设立,都是希望学生入读大学后不要再烦恼英语沟通和表达的问题,专注在设计艺术专业水准的提升。文化课成绩高一定是会帮你的申请加分的。另外,有些专业也会对文化课个别学科有一定的要求,例如建筑专业,对数学成绩和物理成绩有一定的要求。




听说有个作品集审查日活动,会有好多北美设计大学参加,考生都要凌晨去排队?作品审查日当天,学生就可以拿到录取offer吗?


“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。




孩子从小喜欢艺术,但没有系统进行过美术培训。零艺术基础的学生可以申请国外艺术名校吗?


可以的。很多人认为,考艺术大学必须学了n年的画画或者十分有天赋的学生才去。其实不然,欧美大学更重视学生创意和想法,很多没有绘画基础的学生经过一定的绘画训练和创意训练,一样可以进入理想的艺术大学。




北美艺术设计专业和中国艺术设计专业的考前训练方式一样吗? 如果不一样,有哪些不同?


第一,北美艺术设计学院注重创意,中国艺术设计学院注重技术。第二,北美艺术设计学院有两种教学模式,一种有预科的学校,一种是五预科的学校。两种招收标准不一样。




如何完成这些作品集?需要做好什么样的准备?


作品集通常要用一年的时间来完成。要根据报考的学校及专业要求来准 备,而这个准备非常复杂。




除了作品集,在报考欧美院校要需要注意哪些重点?


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。





English

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.





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