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Would like some feedback on my portfolio. I applied to a few Master's programs this year and this experience was one in itself!
...taught myself indesign and used most of my projects from Career Discovery.
This is a new pursuit for me, I am coming from NO design background, NO Architecture Background. My degree is in anthropology, and I have a background mainly in marketing.
Since career discovery, I have interned at a landscape architecture firm, and now work in urban planning doing research.
I have gotten several rejections from schools and so am looking at what my application is going to look like.
Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time. Here is the link:
What schools did you apply to, and how did you feel about your application letter?
I felt my application letter was strong and focused on how my past applies to architecture, and what I have been doing to build on my skills and knowledge in the field.
I applied to GSD, University of Calgary, UBC, UofT...
Nice job. Here's some things that I feel could be improved:
Good luck fellow applicant. If you work hard, this could be a strong portfolio. Don't hesitate to seek progress input.
SpatialSojourner said a lot, so I'll just give tip on image presentation: for your scanned drawings, use the curves tool in Photoshop to make the paper white and the pencil appear darker and crisper... Makes it look much nicer on a portfolio page. Just draw an s shape with the line in the curves dialog box thing and adjust as needed to get your whites and blacks looking good.
Caitlin beat me to it. I really like your line drawings, but the trace paper background takes away a lot of the presentation. Also consider using the Levels and Sharpen tools to adjust the clarity of your lines if Curves doesn't take care of it.
Ah, I was going to say Caitlin's comment but forgot. Try using the levels tool to make the background appear white (I find it easier than curves).
It seems you didn't incorporate much of that invaluable anthropology degree into your projects. I see a few glimmering sentences here and there but they left me hanging on a cliff. Don't know if that was just part of the standard introductory prose or something still developing and sent out early. With your degree, you can certainly explore space/place, inequality, and design with a strong social-driven agenda or whatever your undergraduate pursuits were (identity, development, politics, all topics that matter to built environments). Tie it in.
It's certainly possible given a few years if you truly want to attend say, GSD or some coveted prestigious place once you find a vision that is clear and focused. Your projects feel too brief, flipping over two or four pages without much depth or insight into how your mind functions. Why did you make this? Why does it matter? Answer those and fill the voids you ask yourself when making these projects (why keep this column and not that, how many windows, how much light should permeate through, etc.).
some graphical errors like what is that white line on teh top of the page?
I second what 24arches said. You need to inject your own thinking not regurgitate what the Career Discovery assignment was.
I highly suggest you photoshop the backgrounds of your drawings so they're completely white/blend in with the rest of the page. I agree with what @SpatialSojourner said as well
Thanks for all of this, so far!