MA Application & Portfolio

Upon returning from my trip to the Czech Republic for the documentary, an urgency to focus on my MA applications and portfolio took over. I wanted to send them off before the end of April and time was running out. I had lost a lot of time thanks to my week of being ill and then the necessary trip for the documentary. This previous week has been a testament to the warnings of my tutors of how long creating a good portfolio takes – it takes frustratingly forever.

I had to redesign my portfolio completely because LCC and Central Saint Martins essentially require a very different type of portfolio then the one I had sent to the RCA. The RCA portfolio dispensed with any commercial work and included more fine art type pieces. So for this new portfolio I had to revisit previous projects from this year and a few from the previous year on Fda Vis Comm and touch them up, before including them. One of the requirements of the ECP&E unit is to put together a printed out, A3 portfolio to be displayed in an A3 box for the final years shows.

On Monday the 5th of April I completed putting together the A3 portfolio, it was as good as it could get and at this point I really needed some guidance as to the order of the projects, composition, and typography. I needed a critical eye to look over it, since mine had been staring at it for days and had reached the point where it was hard to distinguish good from bad. I emailed it to one of my tutors in the hope that perhaps he could give me some feedback over email, or that we could arrange a meeting upon the end of Easter break. My tutor did even better, and kindly offered to meet up today (Wednesday 7th April) to go over it with me in person.

Overall there weren’t any huge changes to make which surprised me – I seem to second guess my own opinions and decisions, something I have been trying to work on this year so that I am more self sufficient and confident.  The biggest change was improving my typography and otherwise slightly tweaking the order of the projects. Also, for LCC I have to narrow the portfolio down to 6 projects and I had about 10. My tutor studied at LCC so he was a great reference for what types of projects they would be interested in. Now all I need to do is finalize my portfolio, polish it off as good as it can get, and return to my personal statement and study proposal.

For the time being though I have to leave my MA applications, even though it pains me to do so because I want to get them done as fast as I can, and finally return to my EMP which I haven’t been able to work on for a worryingly long time (thanks to being ill, the documentary and the MA portfolio/application). After meeting with my tutor I went to see the course leader because I knew at this point that due to everything that has transpired I was running behind and could really use the extra week extension. Thankfully he okayed it, a week is better then nothing, though I feel it won’t completely help me make up for the time I have lost.

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