Student Goals:

Students will prepare their Artist portfolio for evaluation


Student Objectives:

By June, the Visual Communications students, along with lectures, guided practices, multiple projects and various technique examples, the students will be able to develop a portfolio of their work that demonstrates their ability and for entrance into their secondary education choice upon completion of the program.


Program Of Study Requirements:

903 - Inventory personal career interests & goals.

904 - Research employment opportunities.

905 - Explore postsecondary institutions & opportunities.

909 - Complete a job or college application.

914 - Research current industry practices.

PORTFOLIO - Review Process


for your reference following each session on the alphabetical sheets you prepared - who you saw, their comments on the work and/or on specific images, printing, presentation, general advice and other remarks you will want to review. Carry your binder with you at all times for this purpose, and add to it comments about Reviewers and their upcoming projects as you learn these things from other photographers during the event.   Another idea is to make yourself a list of reminders or “prompts” to print below the Reviewer Bios – reminder notes TO YOURSELF to ask for their business cards, ask if they’d like to be added to your mailing list and what format they would prefer materials to arrive in (CD/Website, print, slides?).  


Don’t assume that a reviewer would like to keep more than a simple business or promotional card. At the end of your session, ask if they would like to retain additional materials for their future reference and if so, indicate whether you can provide these on site, or offer the courtesy to ship things to their office following the event (at your expense). Ask too if they would like to be kept informed of your work as it evolves, and if so, in what format – print, CD-Rom, notices of additions to your website, etc. Be sure to ask Reviewers for their business card if you intend to add them to your mailing list. Keep your business and/or promotional cards handy and give them out. Ask for cards from other professionals at the event to add to (or begin) your promotional mailing list. Ask for cards from fellow photographers, too, and keep in touch with your community. Be courteous to fellow photographers by respecting the 20-minute time slot and pack up your materials before the next person’s session with your Reviewer is set to begin.

Must-Have Pieces In Your portfolio:

The quality of your art portfolio has the single biggest impact on your application to art school. It's critical that your portfolio shows off work that best represents your technical skills and perspective.

Foundation Year (First-Year Students):

The Foundation year is intensive, exciting, and challenging, and through it each student begins to find and define a distinctive visual voice. At the end of the year, students are well prepared to enter the all-elective sophomore year.

Digital & Graphic Design:

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.

Section 6: Magazine Layout

Client contact information:

New Magazine Contract

Background / Overview:
Magazine.org is looking for a new start-up magazine to add to their collection of 35 published magazines.

What is the objective?
We are looking for a magazine that will be able to cross over themes for young adults and encompass all that is growing up in today's world of music, fashion, trends and lifestyles.

What do we want to say?
Connect with lifestyles of today's young adults

Target Market?
16 to 21 males and females

Additional info & insights:
____________ is an exciting magazine published for young Americans. ______________offers its readers insightful, hopefully inspiring looks at real life issues, youth culture, personal style, current affairs, real people, technology, travel, careers, health and fitness and much more.

Production Information and Job Specs:
Cover size 10” x 15”
Inside Spread 20” x 15”



Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Photography & Video:

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.

Web-Design & App Development:

Design digital user interfaces or websites. Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. 

Fine Arts:
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Animation & Game Design:

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Fashion Design:
Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.


Classroom Zoom Hours - 1PM to 1:30 PM - Monday - Thursday


Meeting ID: 966 9441 5843 - Passcode: Viscom


Office Zoom Hours - 2PM to 2:30 PM - Monday - Thursday


Meeting ID: 977 4308 8893 - Passcode: Viscom


Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.


Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor



Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462



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