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School of Art and Design

Senior Portfolio

Senior Portfolio

Purpose of the portfolio is to document and a digitally archive for the creative output of the SoAD graduating class. Its mission is to capture, preserve and make available the academic work of students. The archive serves as a:

-      professional practice: students visually documenting their work.

-      record of students work from the graduating class at SOAD which may be used for educational and promotional purposes.

-      assessment and accreditation tool for the SoAD

-      an open access online resource of student work

Senior Portfolio Requirement:

1. Submission of images/files to “School of Art & Design Student Portfolio Collection” database at

-      Images representative of the senior exhibition, 1 per work. Minimum of 7 individual images required. Detail images and installation views (as necessary) are accepted.

-      Files prepared: rotated, cropped, cleaned up, and appropriate file size and file format (see specs)

-      Images must be photographed properly – prior to framing, not under glass

-      Naming files: a brief name including full extension (.tiff, .tif, .jpg, .jpeg, or .jpe)

2. Confirmation

-      Approval of imagery/files (email notice of approval from Media Center director)

-      Approval/signatures of exhibition from studio and academic ADVISORS and SOAD   office

-      Copyright release (digital)


3. File Specifications

a.     Still images: TIFF (.tiff or .tif) or JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg, or .jpe) (NOT JPEG2000) image formats

-      TIFF: Minimum size – 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels x 144resolution, uncompressed

-      JPG: Minimum size – 1600 pixels x 1200 pixels x 144resolution, high quality

-      Maximum size for either format: 4000 pixels x 4000 pixels, 144resolution. Do not convert a JPEG to TIFF. This will not increase the image quality.

-      TIFF is an uncompressed file. This means it has the highest visual quality but is an extremely large file. However, you can't view it online unless you download a special plugin.

-      JPEG is a compressed file. In most cases you can't see any loss in visual quality in a JPEG file unless it is enlarged or edited with a program like Photoshop. JPEGs can be viewed online.

b.     Website design: All necessary associated files within a zipped folder

c.     Multimedia, Animation, and Video: Use the Quicktime (.mov or .qt) or MPEG (.mpg or .mpeg) video formats. Limit video to 500mb but no smaller than 640 x 480 pixels.