Designing Your Portfolio: Fashion Design, Merchandising, Graphic Design, and Interior Design

One of many resources Wade College offers for portfolio preparedness.

If you are considering enrolling in an art or design school, most likely you will need to have a portfolio of work that you’ve done to show the admissions committee. Current students will also be asked to assemble portfolios of the work they have completed while in school. At the end of your program, your portfolio will be reviewed and assessed for completeness and creativity.
At Wade College, Associate of Arts students do not need a portfolio for admission, but they are required to develop one while in school. A portfolio is required for those students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts program. Associates degree program students participate in the Professional Portfolio Critique at the end of their fourth trimester. Students’ portfolios are first critiqued by faculty and then by an outside panel of industry professionals.
Are you panicking yet? Don’t worry—Wade College offers an entire class that will teach you how to assemble and market your portfolio. Not only do you want your portfolio to shine for your end-of-program review, but it will also need to impress those potential employers!
In addition to the Portfolio Planning and Design class, the Wade College library offers a number of books on planning and assembling your portfolio, whether you are a fashion design student, merchandising student, graphic design student, or interior design student.
Stop by the library and check out these books:
Portfolio Design, by Harold Linton
Design Your Fashion Portfolio, by Steven Faerm
Portfolio for Fashion Designers, by Kathryn Hagen
Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers, by Linda Tain
The Portfolio (DVD)
Developing and Branding the Fashion Merchandising Portfolio, by Janace Bubonia-Clarke
Design Portfolios: Moving from Traditional to Digital, by Diane Bender
Designing Your Fashion Portfolio: From Concept to Presentation, by Joanne Barrett
Graphic Design Portfolio Builder: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Portfolios 01: An Essential Primer for Today’s Competitive Market, by Maura Keller
Building Design Portfolios: Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work, by Sara Eisenman
Portfolios for Interior Designers: A Guide to Portfolios, Creative Resumes, and the Job Search, by Maureen Milton
Winning Portfolios for Graphic Designers: Create Your Own Graphic Design Portfolio Online and In Print, by Cath Caldwell
No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers, by Danielle Currier
Creating Your Digital Portfolio: The Essential Guide to Showcase Your Design Work Online, by Jan Clazie
How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators, by Fig Taylor
If you are not a Wade College student, check your local library or Amazon for these titles and help yourself create an amazing fashion design portfolio, merchandising portfolio, graphic design portfolio, or interior design portfolio.

Thoughts From A Former Fashion Institute of Technology Professor

Wade College students at Dallas Market Center meeting
Wade College students at Dallas Market Center meeting

I taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for six years and in that time I came to discover how important an institution’s connection is with its professional industries. I taught graduating seniors who were completing internships at high profile companies like Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein. While these students were fortunate to have these opportunities, there were many students, typical of large institutions, who are left without career services opportunities. When I was recruited by Wade College , a small, private merchandising and design institution in Dallas, TX, I immediately connected with its similar philosophy of remaining connected to the institution’s industries and employment opportunities. The difference, however, is in Wade College’s size. What’s incredible is the number of job opportunities that come from the adjacent Dallas Market Center and the Design District, across the street. Unlike the Fashion Institute of Technology and similar institutions where enrollment spirals into the thousands, a boutique institution like Wade College can really service every one of its students with meaningful industry experience that often leads to gainful employment. As a native New Yorker, I did not realize, before relocating, how sizable the fashion and interior design industries are in Dallas. The Dallas Market Center is the largest collection of wholesale showrooms in the world. The Design District is among the largest collections of interior design wholesale resources in the country.  And Wade College, among the oldest creative institutions in Dallas, is literally in the middle of it all. You can’t imagine how exciting it is to be a part of this kind of demand! I take great pride in seeing my students – all of my students – engage in every fashion, interior and graphic design opportunity that comes our way.