• WHAT CAREER CAN I BUILD A PORTFOLIO FOR?
Our portfolios focus on jobs in copywriting, art direction, graphic design, web design/UX, and digital strategy.
• What kind of Background do I need to have?
Our students come with varied backgrounds but they have one thing in common: They want to build a portfolio and gain skills for a creative career. Our different programs have different prerequisites and we'd be glad to tell you about each.
• What are the admission requirements?
Our fundamental and free self-directed courses are open to all, but our longer programs require an interview to ensure that our courses are a good fit with your goals. Many advanced courses require sample work in a subject area. We want to help you succeed, and that begins with making sure you start on the right path.
• CAN I TAKE A SINGLE CLASS?
Absolutely. Many of our students take an individual class to build skills. Our Web and Mobile series, for instance, is taken by many professional industry designers to gain the visual design and UX skills needed for the current marketplace or a better position. Many copywriters take courses as a refresher and to help with creative thinking. Some of our students take one class per term and build a portfolio over time.
• CAN I BUILD A PORTFOLIO IN A SINGLE CLASS?
No. Although our courses are focused on portfolio outcomes, building a portfolio that will get you a job in the industry takes time. On average, our students start building a portfolio-ready campaign or project in their 3rd class and can expect to complete a single project or campaign each term thereafter. Some students in our program arrive with skills and a foundation portfolio and are able to generate new portfolio work in a single term.
• Tell me about the INSTRUCTORS -
Our instructors are industry pros with Senior Level Status (or above). They will give you one-on-one guidance, every step of the way.
• What is the cost of your program?
You can purchase a single course or create a customized package. Fortunately, we have very few fees and we work hard to make sure our supplies, including texts, can be found at reasonable prices. There is more info about costs here.
• How long is the program?
Portfolio Studio is unique. You choose your program and your pace. A single course can be as short as a week, and our longest recommended path can be completed in 14 months, depending on the number of courses you take per term. We have 5 terms (start dates) per year. You can find our calendar here.
• Are You Accredited?
We are not accredited, so you cannot transfer the courses you take with us to another school. Accreditation offers many benefits including financial aid, but it slows down a program's ability to respond to changing industry needs and often increases program costs.
• What is Your Acceptance RATE?
We want to make sure that Portfolio Studio is a good fit for our students and we spend time learning about your background and goals to make sure of that. Our different courses have different prerequisites, so our acceptance rate varies by individual class.
• Can I Take a single Class Before I commit to a signature series package?
Yes. In fact we encourage it. We also welcome you to audit a class online or sit in for a class at our San Diego Studio before you start. You can apply the price you pay for your first course to our Signature Series package.
• Can I Build a Portfolio Online?
Yes, we do have online courses with portfolio outcomes. We have a state-of-the-art, amazing, online portal that includes galleries, visual content, chat, and permits video conferencing for critiques and collaboration. Individual Courses are currently offered.
• I'm a Copywriter. Can you help me build a portfolio?
Copywriters need to have well executed, finished work in their portfolios. We offer a special Project Expansion and Completion course that teams copywriters with designers/art directors to finish instructor approved work so it is ready for your portfolio.
• I See That Your Students Have Won a Lot of Awards. Is That Important?
The advertising and design industries give awards for their top talent. A student portfolio with recognized awards is more likely to get noticed. Read about our awards here.
• DO YOU OFFER FINANCING?
Yes. With approved credit you can take a course for as little as $250 a month. However, we do not offer any student government loans. Our pricing is very cost effective and we don't believe students should be burdened with large debt upon graduation.
• If I change my mind, DO YOU GIVE REFUNDS?
Full refunds are given until the start of the second week of class for any individual course. After the start of the second week of class, there are no refunds.
• My Company Will Pay for a Class. How is That Arranged?
We can invoice your company directly and CC you on all transactions. Or we can provide you invoices and a statement of completion for reimbursement.
• I HAVE TO WORK. HOW CAN I ATTEND?
Most of our students work so you're in good company. Our courses are conveniently offered in the evenings as well as online.
• Can I talk to a portfolio studio grad before I enroll?
Of course. Our students and grads are our best advocates. They can give you an idea of what to expect and answer questions. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a contact in the program that you are considering.
* How Do I Start?
You'll find our enrollment form here. Once you submit it, we'll reach out to you.