Most of the College of Design's undergraduate programs require completion of courses for credit and a portfolio review before admission to the program. Ashley Bray, writing for the Minnesota Daily, profiles a couple of College of Design undergraduate students -- Bailey Sears, Graphic Design sophomore; and Alix Nettnay, Apparel Design senior -- as they prepare for their respective portfolio reviews.
Bray cites Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design) as saying 25 percent of the 61 students who applied for the Graphic Design portfolio review did not pass. Jasper said "it's important that design programs set these high standards for students. Having the review helps to maintain the rigorous content of design curriculums and ensures the program is producing quality students." He added that the Graphic Design faculty are considering adding a second portfolio review after students' junior year.
Stephanie Zollinger (Interior Design) told Bray, that the portfolio review "tells us is that [students] have competencies, or this level of understanding, that is needed to move forward." Zollinger added that college advisors work with the University's Center for Spirituality and Healing in helping the students deal with the stress of the portfolio review process.
Both students found the portfolio review stressful but worth it.
"It keeps the program strong, to be able to weed out the people who are not as passionate or not willing to try and put forth the effort," Nettnay told Bray. "They give you the tools to succeed, and if you're not willing to put in the time and effort to use those tools, you have no right to be sucking the resources."
"It's scary and it's intimidating and it's a lot of work, but I think it's a good thing because you find out right away if you have what it takes," Sears told Bray.
Both Nettnay and Sears both passed their portfolio reviews.