For those of you that do have to submit a portfolio I know it can be tricky. Thankfully when I was submitting mine my sister in law was able to help me ( she went to FIT also). I know without her I would have really struggled in the process.
I’m not quite as sure to what every major requires but for interior design (at the time) I had to submit I believe around 10-20 pieces. Also they gave us a project to do to see what we were capable of doing before hand. At the time I was still in High school , my art work wasn’t the greatest but it was different. My sister-in-law ( Tara) helped me design a few things to put in it that were interior design related.Also I added my crazy art work (I’ll show you, below will be some of it). One great thing that she made me do was add a few of my sketches with a description saying what I was thinking or what I would want to do with the space in the future, or how the school would help my design.
If your doing a digital portfolio- PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP. This will be a life saver I promise. So if you don’t know how to use it find someone that does. Your lighting and background are critical when creating a digital piece. Lighting in any situation can cause things to look different, for example when you get your hair done it will look one color there but then when you go in the sun sometimes it looks different. So would you really want your artwork to look different to the people reviewing your portfolio? You know what it truly looks like but they don’t.
Once again this isn’t an exact picture from my portfolio but it is one of the pieces I used. Even though this picture has nothing to do with interior design, it showed that I pay great attention to little details.
Last tip I have for all of you. A lot of colleges and high schools offer a free portfolio review, usually in the spring. Someone will review it and tell you what you can improve on, it is extremely beneficial. Good Luck everyone!