Understanding Different Portfolio Types

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Depending on your goals and reasons for making your portfolio, there are several types that you should be aware of. In this article, we’ll take a look at these types.

  1. Best Work/Display/Showcase Portfolio

This type of portfolio is used to showcase the best of your or your student’s abilities. This is your A plus projects, your killer work, which you poured tears and blood to make. The projects in here are what you are most proud of, at this moment of time.

  1. Growth Portfolio

This portfolio focuses on your or your student’s progress. Here, the most important is to show how far you’ve come since you first started out. The first project might be that one design you made back when you were still in high school fooling around, or still learning the basics. It will likely look like an amateur project or something made by a complete newbie, which it was back then. But then, select projects that show what skills you have learned during your journey, what tricks you have accumulated up your sleeve, and what other aspects of artistic exploration you dived into. A growth portfolio will show how vastly you have grown over the past years of your career.

  1. Working Portfolio

A working portfolio serves as a holding place to track various projects you or your student are working on. The projects on this portfolio do not need to be finished projects, they can be work-in-progress to track what your strengths but also weaknesses are. In tracking your weaknesses, you will be able to know which area to focus on in the future.

  1. Assessment Portfolio

An assessment or evaluation portfolio is usually used to prove you or your student’s progress or abilities over certain skills throughout a period of time. For example, during one semester, you or your student had an objective to learn how to depict emotions in a character. The portfolio should have projects that show how you have managed to depict emotions in a certain character.

These are the main types of portfolios that you can build to help you showcase and or track your creative output. What kind of portfolio will you make first?