(*** The guideline information in this section only applies to students who wish to enroll into the "Advanced" level classes offered at CDA. For all other "Foundation", "Intermediate Design", "Digital" and "Monthly Workshops", there are no portfolio review required to enroll. ***)
The goal of the advanced class portfolio review is to help make sure the students applying have the strong base skill set needed to get the most out of the upper level classes.
For the advanced classes, it is targeted at students who already have a strong draftsmanship in drawing and painting and is familiar with the concept of designing for storytelling and function. The students should have already generated a volume of work/projects through the intermediate design classes and is in need to take a more advanced class where they will be pushed further by an experienced mentor.
The advanced class instructors will then take the selected students through a strict training with higher quality standards to push the students on the finer points of design choices, professional attitude and work flow efficiency.
In general, the foundation and intermediate design classes are better if you want to see more demos and process. The advanced classes tend to have less demos and focuses more on training and challenging students to be ready for a professional studio environment.
The portfolio review is also designed to promote a positive competition for students to work harder. Due to this, the instructor will pick the top students that have the highest quality of skill, ideas or strongest work ethic into the class to create an interesting class dynamics.
If this sounds like something you are ready for and want to take your designs to another level, we would love to see you work submission :)
HOW TO SUBMIT?
Please post your work samples on dropbox or blogspot and send us your portfolio link for easy review.
To get a free dropbox account, you can visit dropbox at:
For instructions on how to share your dropbox link, please follow the "Share a Link" instruction on this page:
(*** Please do not use "Share a File" as it will make it hard for the instructor to have access ***)
For a free blogspot account, you can visit blogspot at:
If you already have a website featuring your recent works, that will work for the review too.
Unfortunately we will not be able to review physical portfolios or e-mail images.
*** Before we can review your portfolio, we will need to collect your tuition payment in full as a deposit. If you do not get accepted after the review, we will refund the tuition deposit back to your credit card or Paypal account in full. ***
WHEN TO SUBMIT?
The portfolio review will take place once a week, every Saturday. The cut off time for portfolio submission is on Saturday, 6PM PST every week until the class is full. The first submission deadline is on Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017 at 6PM PDT.
(*** For "3 Day Storyboard Masterclass" with Jane Wu, the portfolio submission deadline is on Saturday, Oct. 14th at 2PM. ***)
WHERE TO SUBMIT?
You can send your portfolio link to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO SUBMIT?
Bellow are the portfolio submission requirements for each advanced classes or workshop:
"3 DAY STORYBOARD MASTERCLASS" with Jane Wu
Due to the 3 day time span we have for the workshop, the ideal student candidate need to be at least comfortable in drawing clear human gestures and various camera angles for storyboarding.
Both intermediate and advanced level storyboard artists are welcomed to this workshop and a portfolio submission is required for admission.
For your portfolio sample, please submit the following:
- Your website, dropbox or google drive link that shows 1~2 examples of storyboard sequences you have done in the past.
(*** Please do not lock the link with a password so it will be easy for us to forward the link to Jane for review. Thanks! ***)
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- If you don’t have any storyboard sequences yet, please submit us your website link showing samples of your art works that best illustrate your abilities to draw strong figure poses and characters in perspective camera shots. Please send in at least 8~10 art samples to help us show your drawing skill consistency.
(*** Please do not email us the actual image files. A website link, dropbox or google drive link will work best. Thanks! ***)
(*** Please send all portfolio submissions link via email to our email@example.com email address before the Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2PM deadline. All the portfolio submission results will be announce by around Monday, Oct. 16th, 12PM at the latest. ***)
"VISUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ANIMATION" with Rustam Hasanov
Visual Development is focused on creating interesting visual direction for storytelling that will need to be follow through in all aspect of the production (Character, Environment, Props, Lighting, Color, etc.). Due to this, we need to make sure the students have a strong drawing and painting foundation and are comfortable to working in multiple areas of disciplines so they can get the most out of the class.
- Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in character design (show at least one sample in color).
- Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in interior/exterior environments design (show at least one sample in color).
- Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in prop design.
- Any additional samples of your best work showcasing your personal style & what you like to draw for yourself. It can be studies from life or personal design work.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE WHAT IS LISTED IN THE PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS?
If you are only missing 1 or 2 art samples, just do your best and include what you have (best work). The instructor will be able to judge based on your artwork to see if you are ready for the class.
If you have a lot of required artwork missing or don't have enough quantity to put into your portfolio submission, this might indicate you will still need to focus more on the foundation or intermediate classes to build your drawing, painting, or design mileage.
In this case, you can use the portfolio submission guideline above to help you know what areas you still need to work on before trying again for the advanced class.
WHEN WILL WE KNOW THE RESULTS?
Please allow us 1~2 weeks to get back to you on your portfolio review results. If your portfolio is a first pick, you will be notified right away. If your portfolio requires more time to review, the instructor might choose to hold your portfolio one more week to compare with the next batch of submissions in the following week. But, the decision will be made within the 2 weeks (usually sooner).