The Communication and Digital Media Department’s graphic design scholarships are awarded to passionate and talented students who will be pursuing a degree in the field of graphic design.
Scholarships are awarded based on an interview as well as a portfolio of your creative works. Applicants should also include a current resume with their application.
The scholarship interview is your opportunity to convey your interest and passion for graphic design. What interests you about being a designer? Even if you are just starting out, if you have a great passion and perhaps the start of some strong projects, we want to meet with you! Where do you get your inspiration? Who are your favorite designers or artists? Do you ever check out the student section of AIGA.com? What would you like to be involved in at Carthage? Draft, our graphic design group? Our newspaper? Getting to know you is an important part of this interview. Then on to your work …
The body of artistic work you present should exemplify your design abilities and creative potential.
We encourage you to pick one of the following formats:
- Printed Portfolio: 10-12 pieces of your strongest (high resolution, printed) graphic design work organized in a simple portfolio such as a binder, designed into a book (such as through shutterfly.com), or mounted on boards in a portfolio case. Whatever the format, we’ll look for a clean and consistent presentation of your best work. You do NOT have to spend a ton of money on a finished portfolio! The best portfolio is one which shows creativity, strong design sense, and attention to detail. Here’s just one example of an acceptable printed portfolio: http://www.brennenmcelhaney.com/journal/2011/painting/a-practically-perfect-portfolio/
- Digital Portfolio: 10-12 pieces of your strongest graphic design pieces showcased in a slideshow presentation or a website, preferably designed and coded by you, perhaps with the help of web design software like Dreamweaver.
Additional Portfolio Materials
Your portfolio should also contain:
- Process Work: Regardless of the format, we also encourage you to include process work you have for any of your projects, such as brainstorming and sketches so we can see how your brain works.
- A “List of Works” document with written descriptions of each of your design pieces that explains a) what you are trying to say (did you have a concept?), and b) how you are trying to say it (what line, color, shape, texture, technique did you use to enforce the message?. During your interview, we don’t want you to use this as a script, but we would like you to consider the thought process behind your work before you present it to us.
- A current resume
When we say “graphic design,” this includes finished products like logos, brochures, and T-shirt designs. We’ll be looking for strong skills in conceptualization, image making, typography, and color use. But we’ll also be looking for original concepts started by hand, as well as work that features your own images and photos. If you need ideas for graphic design projects, consider doing work for your school, find a non-profit needing designs (search www.volunteermatch.org for work in your area) or look on call-for-design websites (such as www.talenthouse.com).
You may also include:
- Photography (especially strong when you place your own photography into a design piece- such as a flyer)
- Studio art (also especially strong when you place your own art into a design piece- such as a postcard)
- Time-based media
- Website work
- Self-promotion piece (sometimes people leave behind a book or printed item for us to remember their work)
Items you do not have to include:
- You do not have to label your work.
- You do not have to bring a CD or flash drive, unless you do not have a printed portfolio or website.
And finally …
We definitely don’t want to see:
- A disorganized portfolio
- Sloppy work thrown together quickly
- Low resolution images
- Plagiarized work
Best of luck and we look forward to meeting you!
The Graphic Design Faculty
Communication and Digital Media Department