Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2022
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in GRDS 77.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will produce a working plan for a portable showcase of artwork.
  • A successful student will write a resume and appropriate letters.
  • A successful student will select an appropriate portfolio for one's own work.
  • A successful student will select candidate pieces for the portfolio that reflect a culturally-diverse marketplace.


Design and creation of portfolios for designers, illustrators, and photographers. Planning and implementation of individual professional portfolios.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. produce a showcase of artwork known to employers, artists, and graphic designers as a portfolio.
  2. organize examples of art, design, illustration, and photography.
  3. select an appropriate portfolio delivery platform to display examples of work.
  4. write a resume or artist's statement.
  5. select appropriate pieces for the portfolio that reflect the student's best work for display in a culturally-diverse marketplace.

Course Content

  1. Creating a portfolio based on personal style and creative philosophy
  2. Explore multiple portfolio digital portfolio platforms
  3. Using social media to advertise and market portfolios
  4. Writing a resume or artist's statement
  5. Organizing portfolio selections appropriately

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Classroom with computer and drawing table access.
2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: ongoing access to computer with email software and capabilities; email address; JavaScript-enabled internet browsing software.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Student resume or artist's statement
Student-teacher conferences
Participation in class
Presentation portfolio

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

Lecture presentations and classroom discussions about portfolios
In-class presentations of professional portfolios
Demonstrations of portfolio construction

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Meyers, Debbie Rose. The Graphic Designer's Guide to Portfolio Design. 2013.

Although this text is older than the suggested 5 years standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

  1. Read chapters from the textbook; for example:
    1. The Portfolio Process
    2. Planning Your Portfolio
    3. Designer Checklists


Art or Graphic Arts