Portfolio Course

Portfolio Course2018-09-21T12:54:24+00:00

Project Description

You want to apply to one or several art universities, academies of fine art, or design colleges and require one or several artistic portfolios? Maybe you already have one but are not sure whether your works will meet the requirements of an admission exam.

The BERLIN ART INSTITUTE constantly offers portfolio courses and portfolio consultation.

In a portfolio consultation, we discuss each work of the portfolio and assist in making the best possible selection. We make suggestions regarding additional works to supplement the portfolio and give advice on which artistic position could be interesting for your own work. If you additionally need to get ready for a personal interview, we also offer consulting in this area to prepare you for the situation. A portfolio consultation lasts at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Dates upon agreement.

The portfolio course at the BAI provides a working table and a working atmosphere bringing you in contact and in an exchange with all BAI participants. In correspondence with the concept of the BAI, it is in our interest to support you in finding your own artistic path and personal form of expression. A successful portfolio is an authentic one that reveals your motivation and personality in an unmistakable way. No matter at which art university or academy you want to apply, your individuality is your visiting card. However, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a place at the university/academy.

The BAI provides personal and individual supervision with at least two consultations per week dedicated to your artistic development and production. So that you can concentrate on the production of your portfolio(s) without pressure, you have the possibility to extend your portfolio course by one month each time.

Our Monthly Program Structure

  • Check-in | Each month, the BAI starts with an introduction for the new participants, during which current thematic and organizational topics are discussed.
  • Individual and group meetings | The portfolio course includes weekly individual and group meetings dedicated to your artistic work.
  • Discourse | Thematic reflection on and discussion of the participants’ artistic works and additional positions. The forum includes issues of mediation and self-organization.
    Basic Course (Guest Lecturer) | The Basic Course is specifically for participants who have not yet begun with artistic training. The course conveys basics in drawing and painting.
    Coaching | Feedback, training and consulting for portfolio preparation and documentation, presentation and visualization of your own artistic work.
  • Block seminar (Guest Lecturer) | A three-day block seminar by a guest lecturer is held each month: he/she presents his/her artistic position and engages in a collaboration and an intensive exchange with our participants.
  • Visits | Every two weeks we organize visits to galleries, exhibitions, or museums that include discussions with the gallerists and curators, if possible.
  • Lecture (Guest Lecturer) | Once a month, we invite a currently interesting speaker to deliver a lecture and to review works of our participants.
  • Seminar Area and Reading Lounge | In addition to the personal workplaces the BAI provides an extra seminar space for lectures and talks and a small library.
  • Artistic practice | The structure of the portfolio course considers the need for sufficient time to work on one’s own art. This includes not only studio work but also research, idea generation, acquisition of material, experimentation, and also the scrapping of ideas and not least leisure time.
  • Work conditions | One major advantage of the BAI is its spatial structure that allows working in several rooms in small groups. This enables exchanging ideas at the workplace as well as concentration and calm.
  • Workplace | The studios of the BAI are available day and night for all participants of the portfolio course. The bright rooms are between 45 and 55 square meters large and around 3.5 meters high. They are equipped with working tables and chairs, overhead lighting, and light protection for the windows. Your personal workplace consists of a working table, chair and storage rack.
  • Certificate | The BERLIN ART INSTITUTE acknowledges your study stay with a certificate. For legal reasons, state-approved degrees may not be given.
  • Quino.bar | After the lectures and seminars, we offer fresh salad made of quinoa and various vegetables.

The courses are conducted in English. On public holidays there is no program.

Our Block Dates

The program of the BERLIN ART INSTITUTE is structured in blocks of 4 calendar weeks (CW) each. It makes sense to start the Portfolio Course at the beginning of a four-week program block.

Working table, Accessible 24/7, Portfolio preparation, Including basic course

There is a one-off registration fee of 50 €.
1 Block = 650 € | 2 Blocks = 1 300 € | 3 Blocks = 1 800 € | 6 Blocks = 3 550 €
9 Blocks = 5 300 € | 12 Blocks = 7 050 € | 13 Blocks (1 year) = 7 630 €

The fee is VAT-exempt by the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science pursuant to Paragraph 4 No. (21) (a)(bb) UStG (German Value Added Tax Act).

The registration & participation fee is payable immediately after the BAI confirms the successful acceptance in writing. Please do not make a payment before receiving a final confirmation and invoice by the BAI.

Single portfolio consultation on request

The fee is VAT-exempt by the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science pursuant to Paragraph 4 No. (21) (a)(bb) UStG (German Value Added Tax Act).

If you have further questions related to the portfolio program, feel free to contact us.

Testimonials by Alumni & Alumnae

  • Allan Gardner @ Royal College of Art

Allan Gardner @ Royal College of Art

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

We are happy that BAI alumnus Allan Gardner got selected by the Royal College of Art in London. Starting in October 2018 he is going to attend the 2-year MA Contemporary Art Practice CRITICAL PRACTICE pathway program! More information on the RCA Website. Allan [...]

  • Henna Vihantavaara @ Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Henna Vihantavaara @ Gerrit Rietveld Academie

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

We are happy that BAI alumna Henna Vihantavaara got selected by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam/Netherlands. Starting in the end of August 2017 she is going to attend the four year Bachelor's degree program in Fine Arts and [...]