Portfolio Development

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 272

       Course Name: Portfolio Development

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 216, ART 224 & ART 225

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers developing appropriate portfolios. Content includes examining different media, and developing types of portfolios for the commercial world, for transfer to other art schools, and for exhibiting fine art.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify professional options in the graphic design industry.
  2. Assess and outline professional skills and goals.
  3. Identify the appropriate types of portfolios specific to each medium.
  4. Identify the appropriate images to include in a specific portfolio.
  5. Create a portfolio specific to a particular medium and purpose.
  6. Demonstrate craftsmanship skills necessary to construct a strong portfolio.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Portfolio preparation
    1. Media
      1. Print portfolio
      2. Web page portfolio
      3. Animation and Multimedia portfolio
    2. Creating a portfolio specific to a purpose
      1. Investigate professional options in graphic design industry
      2. Explore personal professional goals
      3. Developing a portfolio specific to a type of business
      4. Developing a portfolio specific to a project.
    3. Deciding on what goes into a portfolio
      1. Examining and reflecting on past work
      2. Creating new work
    4. Types of formal presentations
      1. Portfolio case
      2. CD
      3. Multimedia
  2. Portfolio development and business issues
    1. Resume
    2. Interviewing
    3. Job search
    4. Salary
    5. Freelancing and pricing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be taught using a combination of lecture, demonstration, presentation and hands-on studio time in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in classes and lab sessions,
  2. Complete class exercises and projects
  3. Complete a professional portfolio, resume, website, and other relevant professional material.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Flash drive or portable hard drive

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based on understanding and demonstration of key principles and course objectives. Grading and evaluation will be based on work, projects, assignments, process, critique, participation, and other items at the instructor’s discretion.  

Completion of projects and participation in critique are required. Course instructors will base grades and evaluation on specified elements and percentage weights.

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

Attendance is required. Lab hours will be posted, and open lab time will be available to students.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.