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  • Writer's pictureSophie van Os

5 Free Online Art & Design school portfolio websites

Due to COVID-19 we are living very different lives. Cities and countries are in lockdown, while we are social distancing and staying at home as much as we can, all for the health and well-being of ourselves and others.

This also means that the admission process to get into art and design schools is different and you have to be prepared for online admissions and interviews. That’s why I want to share with you my top 5 favorite free websites where you can build a professional online portfolio to showcase your work, talent and abilities.

Top 5 free online portfolio websites

How to build your portfolio

There are 3 important things that you need to put in your portfolio. The online version of your portfolio should reflect exactly the same things as you would showcase when you present yourself and your work face to face to the admission board.

1. Digitize your process

Show your process by photos or videos. It is important that you show what you do, how you do research and how and why you make certain decisions. Be creative and find a way to make your sketchbook digital. On my Pinterest page you’ll find some examples to inspire you:

2. Tell your story

In addition to an application essay or a motivation letter, you can decide to dedicate a page in your online portfolio specifically about you. You can write, doodle or make a video to introduce yourself. Tell or show the admission office where your creative genes come from, who inspires you, what you do in your daily life. Make it fun and original!

3. Showcase your work

This is the most important part of your online portfolio: your work! You can choose to only work with images, videos and animations or you can add a piece of text where you explain your project. You can then answer questions like: What inspired you to make this project? What did you learn while making this project? Did you make this project with someone or a certain industry in mind? Follow me and I will show you more about what goes in your portfolio.

Free vs. paid version

Any one of these 5 free websites can help you showcase your portfolio in a great way. If you upgrade to a paid version there will be more benefits depending on your wishes. Personally, I think it’s best to start with the free version,play around with it and see whether this is sufficient for you. You can always choose to upgrade later.

Are you looking for more guidance regarding your application process and portfolio development? Download my free ebook below to get started.


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