Our Rush Portfolio development course grew naturally from our Rush Kids and Teens year-round education program. As our Rush Kids and Teens got ready to apply to specialty middle and high schools and colleges, there was a void, they needed assistance in portfolio development and with their application process. We sprung into action and developed the course based on their needs.

Rush Portfolio prepares student in a holistic approach which includes: the development of written materials such as how to write about one’s work; art presentation – documentation vs actuals; variety in theme; and cultivating a confident demeanor with critiques and mock interviews.

Students participate in studio art courses, which allow them to focus on filling gaps in their portfolio presentation and work in college like studio settings. Classes are taught by Rush Teaching Artists who are also college professors and guest professors help to deepen the content of the course.