Portfolio Prep: Drawing for Art School Applications (Section 2) (in person) | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Portfolio Prep: Drawing for Art School Applications (Section 2) (in person)

This studio drawing class is designed to help students understand the components of the art school application portfolio, with focus on observational drawing.

The portfolio is an important component of an art school application. Most colleges require that portfolios include observational drawings, or drawings made from what we see, rather than from our imagination or a photograph. Work with still life and figurative subject matter and the fundamentals of a drawing: composition, line, structure, value, and expression. Instruction in drawing techniques will be supplemented by art history discussions, feedback, short writing exercises, MCAD Admissions staff presentations, requirements for art and design school portfolios, and regular homework assignments. Assignments and feedback encourage and enable students to create individual work that aligns with requirements for portfolio submissions within their own interests and experience. Students may choose to work digitally for some assignment and must provide their own device and knowledge of software. / Professional nude models may be used in this class. / All sections are the same curriculum; choose the section that best fits your schedule. / Materials fee of $8 included in course tuition for live models.

Open to students ages 15-18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. Please review our complete Teen Policies as well as our General Policies prior to completing your registration.


Previous drawing experience is helpful, but not required.

Required materials

Supplies for the first day

  • 18 x 24” newsprint drawing pad
  • 18 x 24" drawing paper pad
  • 2 drawing pencils (2B, 6B)
  • 2-4 sticks Extra Soft Vine charcoal
  • 1 Soft Charcoal pencil
  • 1 White charcoal pencil
  • 1 pen or mechanical eraser (i.e.Tombow Mono Knock Stick Eraser)
  • 1 white eraser
  • 1 kneaded eraser

Students should anticipate an additional cost of roughly $75 in total for materials (not included in tuition).

What to wear
Clothes appropriate for messy creativity. Comfortable shoes for standing.


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at continuing_education@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3765.


Non-credit Tuition
Student Birthdate
  • Date:
  • Time:
    1:00-4:00 p.m. CST
  • Day(s) of the week:
  • Ages:
    Open to students ages 15-18.
  • Term:
    Summer 2024
  • Instructor: Susan Shields
  • Location:
    In Person
  • SKU:
    CST 9579 02 SU24


Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required.