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Next Steps

Now that you’ve heard what Sean, Simon, and Annie have to say, use what you've learned from them to complete a self-portrait that uses image, typography, and layout to convey your ideas in an interesting and meaningful way.

Then submit your project to Art Center and join us for a live, online session in which Art Center faculty members will critique a selection of the submitted projects. (NOTE: Everyone who submits a self-portrait is encouraged to join these sessions to learn from and contribute to the dialogue, but we will not be able to discuss all submitted projects individually.)

Work must be submitted as either a .jpeg or .pdf, not to exceed 10MB. Email your self-portrait to Include your name, address, and phone number in the body of your email.

Admissions Portfolio

While this assignment is a great start, it is just a first step toward building your admissions portfolio. Read about our portfolio requirements and keep making work that demonstrates the breadth of your interests and abilities as a graphic designer.

If you have any questions about building your portfolio and applying to Art Center, schedule an appointment to speak with one of our admissions counselors by calling 626.396.2373.


We believe there is a right college for each art and design student—a place that provides the right kind of education and support for you as an individual. We hope you will visit us, spend time at our campuses, view our students' work and become familiar with the accomplishments of our alumni and faculty. Our Admissions counselors are here to guide you through the application process, answer your questions and serve as your Admissions mentors.

Art Center

More than 80 years ago, our first president, Edward "Tink" Adams, and his colleagues pioneered a rigorous curriculum that prepared artists and designers for essential roles in industry. Today, our faculty of working professionals prepares students for the vital contributions they can make as creative individuals in all aspects of life. From radical expression to technological innovation to social change, the creative mind leads the way. At Art Center, we help you harness the power of your unique vision.


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