I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 272
Course Name: Portfolio Development
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
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
- Identify professional options in the graphic design industry.
- Assess and outline professional skills and goals.
- Identify the appropriate types of portfolios specific to each medium.
- Identify the appropriate images to include in a specific portfolio.
- Create a portfolio specific to a particular medium and purpose.
- Demonstrate craftsmanship skills necessary to construct a strong portfolio.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Portfolio preparation
- Print portfolio
- Web page portfolio
- Animation and Multimedia portfolio
- Creating a portfolio specific to a purpose
- Investigate professional options in graphic design industry
- Explore personal professional goals
- Developing a portfolio specific to a type of business
- Developing a portfolio specific to a project.
- Deciding on what goes into a portfolio
- Examining and reflecting on past work
- Creating new work
- Types of formal presentations
- Portfolio case
- Portfolio development and business issues
- Job search
- Freelancing and pricing
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Attend and participate in classes and lab sessions,
- Complete class exercises and projects
- Complete a professional portfolio, resume, website, and other relevant professional material.
IX. Instructional Materials
Flash drive or portable hard drive
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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
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
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.