Included with School of Design Certificate or Enroll Separately

Portfolio School

Say good bye to cookie-cutter portfolio. Learn how to construct a unique personal brand and build an unforgettable portfolio in 6-12 weeks so you can truly stand out from the crowd.

Overview

There are two tracks for students to choose from in Portfolio School. Depending on where you are in your design journey, you may pick and choose one track that best suits your needs. The completion time is suggested – we always work with students to allow additional time based on their schedules. You can reach out to us if you are unsure which one is right for you, or even request a customized track designed for your particular needs.

$899

Portfolio Express

This program is designed for students who have 2-3 portfolio projects completed, either from our School of Design program or another program. The 6-week course provides extensive 1-on-1 training on personal branding, custom website building, visual design for portfolio sites, storytelling and career-readiness.

2-3

Existing Projects Required

9

1-on-1 Sessions Included

10-15

Hours Per Week

$1,899

Portfolio Kickstart

This program is designed for students who have not yet completed 2-3 portfolio projects or those who want more projects under their belt. The program provides 24 flexible projects prompts that can be customized as well as hand-picked pairing with 1 startup founder who will be the student’s manager for an extra month-long project.

3-4

Design projects complete by end of program

15

1-on-1 Sessions Included

1

Startup founder paired for you

Looking for custom instruction?

We pride ourselves on providing bespoke, boutique and tailored education to students. If you need custom instructions, please reach out to us so we can build a custom curriculum based on your goals.

Learning Path

Portfolio Express

Week 1 Day 1

During the first day of Portfolio Express, we ask students to fill out a few questionnaires about your current "brand" and portfolio to get a sense of where you are in your journey. It is also a tool to help to get organized in preparation for personal branding and portfolio sessions later in the course.

Week 1

Students in this track are ready to build their customized websites with existing work they have in their portfolio. But first things first, we teach them the tools necessary to build such websites without writing a single line of code. In this unit, we will provide comprehensive video tutorials for no-code building tools such as Webflow in addition to exercises that we designed to reinforce student's technical understanding of the tools. You can expect to complete an exercise every 3-4 videos you watch. In your weekly portfolio coaching sessions, you will be able to discuss troubleshooting questions.

Week 2

Designers need a personal brand - a very unique and strong one. In Week 2 and 3, we will guide students through the process of building a personal brand that is one-of-a-kind. In Week 2, students will work through their "personal SEOs" and personal logo creation to set the foundation for next week. If you are curious about what personal SEO is, enroll to find out!

Week 3

In this week, we will create a personal brand typography, color palette and create "personal branding element", which will be crucial to differentiate one's personal brand from another. Our unique coaching that encourages students to push their own personal creative boundaries in creating a unique brand experience for themselves will set students up for success in the job market.

Week 4

After the completion of the personal branding process in the previous week, we will move into creating student's portfolio site via a design program in this week. Students will be required to receive feedback during weekly coaching sessions and iterate until their site design is approved.

Week 5

After the design for the portfolio site is completed and approved in the previous week, students will move on to building their site with the no-code tool they learned in Week 1. They will also utilize this week to troubleshoot any additional technical issues working alongside their coaches.

Week 6

The final week of the program is dedicated to rigorous design critique and three rounds of final iteration, edits and fixes of the site design and build. This will culminate to a polished portfolio website immediately ready to be presented to prospective employers and clients.

Portfolio Kickstart

Week 1

Students enrolled in the Portfolio Kickstart track needs to complete 3 portfolio projects before they are ready to start building their portfolio websites like students in the Portfolio Express track do. Each project is broken down to 2 weeks, with flexibility to extend based on the student's schedules.

Week 2

Week 2 is dedicated to the second part of the Project 1 to allow additional time and feedback for students. Every project follows a recommended timeline of completion, but we work with students if they need more time or less to adjust the schedule accordingly.

Week 3

After review and feedback sessions during the first two weeks, students are expected to start Project 2. The same process repeats but students will be required to choose a project that is both different in topics but also categories. For example, if you completed a mobile application design in Week 1 and 2, we would recommend doing a website design or branding design project for Week 3 and 4.

Week 4

This week is dedicated to continue completion of Project 2. Weekly coaching session will need to be scheduled accordingly for review and feedback.

Week 5

Around Week 5, students are expected to embark on the last project assignment, which will repeat the process of the previous 2 weeks.

Week 6

This week is dedicated to the second part of Project 3, with coaching and feedback sessions at the end.

Optional

This component of the course will flow alongside the regular week to week schedule as we work to pair students up with a startup that meets their preference. Students will take the initiative to independently work with a startup for a month-long project. Communication between the company and the student will not be shared with us, but we request progress updates from students to keep track of their progress and assist in reassignment if the match is not successful. Students will be able to include the project they completed for the startup as part of their portfolio to strengthen the real-world connection of their design experience.

Week 7 Day 1

As students finish 3 projects, they will be ready to move on to the same curriculum as Portfolio Express. During the first day of Portfolio Express, we ask students to fill out a few questionnaires about your current "brand" and portfolio to get a sense of where you are in your journey. It is also a tool to help to get organized in preparation for personal branding and portfolio sessions later in the course.

Week 7

In this week, we teach them the tools necessary to build such websites without writing a single line of code. In this unit, we will provide comprehensive video tutorials for no-code building tools such as Webflow in addition to exercises that we designed to reinforce student's technical understanding of the tools. You can expect to complete an exercise every 3-4 videos you watch. In your weekly portfolio coaching sessions, you will be able to discuss troubleshooting questions.

Week 8

Designers need a personal brand - a very unique and strong one. In Week 2 and 3, we will guide students through the process of building a personal brand that is one-of-a-kind. In Week 2, students will work through their "personal SEOs" and personal logo creation to set the foundation for next week. If you are curious about what personal SEO is, enroll to find out!

Week 9

In this week, we will create a personal brand typography, color palette and create "personal branding element", which will be crucial to differentiate one's personal brand from another. Our unique coaching that encourages students to push their own personal creative boundaries in creating a unique brand experience for themselves will set students up for success in the job market.

Week 10

After the completion of the personal branding process in the previous week, we will move into creating student's portfolio site via a design program in this week. Students will be required to receive feedback during weekly coaching sessions and iterate until their site design is approved.

Week 11

After the design for the portfolio site is completed and approved in the previous week, students will move on to building their site with the no-code tool they learned in Week 1. They will also utilize this week to troubleshoot any additional technical issues working alongside their coaches.

Week 12

The final week of the program is dedicated to rigorous design critique and three rounds of final iteration, edits and fixes of the site design and build. This will culminate to a polished portfolio website immediately ready to be presented to prospective employers and clients.

Startup Project