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Art+ Tech Online Portfolio Class Overview

The Art+Tech Online Portfolio class addresses the many growing demands for 21st century competencies in education: critical thinking, communication, creativity, cooperation, citizenry, and technology. This course is designed to help people who are applying to a design-based program in a college or university.


Course Overview

Are you thinking of applying to a college or university faculty that requires a portfolio?

Are you looking for a STEAM class because Covid19 has rearranged your child's educational options?

In this interdisciplinary Art+Tech Online Portfolio class we will use student's art and community to study the artistic process and the digital workflow. This is a 7 week interdisciplinary course that will cover art, photography, digital asset management, digital photo editing, the internet, and community development.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Submit art to the class for review and feedback.
  • Reflect on what is missing from portfolios.
  • Engage surrounding community as inspiration to fill the gaps in the portfolio.
  • Apply a digital media workflow.
  • Write artist statements

Some course details:

Kasper Barynin, Observatory, 2020, pencil, 6x10

  • The Art - The students bring their existing art to the class. But, is it complete enough for a college application? What needs to be added?
    • Students will document their art and share it with the group. Then, they will learn to manage and manipulate their digital assets. Thirdly, they will assess their art for strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, they will use the community to inspire them to fill those gaps.
    • All artistic mediums are suitable - sketches, maquettes, slam poetry, ceramics, dance, prose, script, found object, 3D digital drawings, etc.
  • The Tech - digital workflows require basic knowledge of various digital platforms.
    • Digital assets need to be transferred, labelled, managed, and amended for the portfolio.
    • Students will learn to use their smart phones, computers, internet, editing apps, Slack, and Dropbox as portfolio building tools.
  • Time Commitment - technology workflows require sequential synchronous learning (being online together, and learning from each other's projects is essential).
  • An online portfolio is a living document - it will change often over the years, as your art and needs change. Your website will likely not be 100% ready by the end of the course, and that's okay
  • Don't sweat the small stuff - there's a lot happening on this planet!

When do classes start?

  • OutSchool - ongoing
  • 7 weeks; 4 - 6 hours/week commitment

    • 2 hours/week of online synchronous instruction or field trips (socially distanced)
    • 2-4 hours of homework/week - do what you need/can - don't sweat it! (Students who are applying to college's and universities in the winter of 2021 may or may not have the time for all of the assignments - school assignments should come first! You will always be able to update your website, but you won't always be able to pass that physics exam!)

How big are the classes?

Classes will be limited to 3-6. It is difficult to make connections and learn online. In order for us to get to know each other, we need to keep the groups small. This means that the price is slightly more. But, I think it's worth it in the end.

Course Requirements

  • Journal - the bigger the better
  • Sketching stuff - pick your favourite medium (pencils, pastels, ink, markers)
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Various photo editing apps
  • Google Drive
  • Ability to research each location at some point during the week prior to design and development
  • Sign online education waiver

Course Assessment

There is no formal assessment for this course apart from group critiques (common to most art schools). However, courses that progress through user-generated content require students to produce content in order to succeed in the overall goal of developing a portfolio fit for a college or university application.



Ingrid Dabringer received her Masters in Art Education from Boston University and her Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies from Queen's University. She has exhibited mixed media and multi media art shows in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toronto, and Ottawa. She taught Woodworking and Video Production at Durham College's School of Media, Art and Design. More recently, Ingrid has been working as a Learning Designer for the government and private sector.