Specialized art and design colleges will invariably require you to submit your cumulative academic record and a portfolio of your art work. Many will also require an essay and your recent SAT/ACT scores. Most will advise a personal interview, if at all possible, and a few will require it for those within a certain distance from campus. In general, the same applies to art and design programs within liberal arts colleges and universities.

Your Task: Create a New Page and Title it “Final Portfolio”

Part 1) The portfolio

Create a gallery of 6 projects that you have created this year.  If you would like to use scratch projects, or non-photo projects, please see Mr. Levin.  Your projects should demonstrate your own characteristics in each of the following categories:

  1. Skills/Talents – What do you believe to be your BEST Project.
  2. Creativity – Which project showcases your most imaginative work
  3. Interests – Which project incorporates things that you enjoy?
  4. Ambition – Which project was the most challenging?
  5. Commitment – Which project took the longest to create?
  6. Preference – What was your favorite project of the year?

Include at least one sentence per project to explain why you choose that project to be part of your gallery.  (Example Sentence:  My interests are demonstrated in my Matrix images, because I was able to include my favorite TV show, the Simpsons, and my favorite building from my college, Royce Hall from UCLA.)

Part 2) The Challenge

Pick one of the following Photoshop challenges*.  Use what you have learned this year to complete the task.  Then upload your image as a JPEG and complete the following reflection:

Challenge Options* (Choose 1, you may do additional for extra credit)

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  1. Use Photoshop to turn a photo of someone you know into a superhero
  2. Create a New Submission for the Locke1.com Banner  (Dimensions: 980 x 285 pixels)
  3. Create a “Locke 1” or a “Levin-Digital Media Design” Logo in Photoshop.  (Default Photoshop Size or US Paper)

*Speak with Mr. Levin if there is a different Photoshop tutorial that you would like to complete.

  1. What are you most proud of in your work?
  2. What was the most difficult?
  3. How did you create your project?  What was your process?
  4. What would you differently if you were to redo this challenge?

Part 3) The Writing Sample

Choose one of the following prompts and write a mini-essay (Between 400-500 words).  Be sure to include an introduction with a thesis, argument and ideas,  and a conclusion.

  • Think about something ugly — war, fear, hate, cruelty — but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  • Imagine you had a hundred dollars, but you couldn’t keep it. You had to give it away to a person or charity. Who would you give it to? What would yuou want them to do with it?
  • Find (or take) a picture.  Describe the significance of that picture to you, your community or the people involved.  What is the message sent by the image.  What is the greater significance or importance of this image, is it an inspiration to others? How so? (For some photos, Click here) Be sure to include the image on your page.
  • What is your opinion of Locke High School?  Why do you believe this?  What would you like to see change? What would you like to see stay the same.

Part 4) Typing Certificate

  1. Login To TypingWeb.com.
  2. Good News: Only 5 pages, Bad News – No Breaks
  3. Go to the Certification Section
  4. Complete the General Certification (5 sections)
  5. If you earned a certificate: click certify score, click view, enter your name, click update, click Print Certificate, Open the file that downloads, save SAVE A COPY as a JPEG and post it to WordPress as a part of Portfolio #2.
  6. Then answer the following questions with complete sentences as the caption to your post
    1. Do you believe that typing practice helped you grow into a faster typer? Why or why not?
    2. Did you reach the goal of 40 words per minute with at least 85% accuracy?
Finished with the typing final?


Part 5) Letter To Mr. Levin

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