2013 Student Portfolio Review

Face the facts:

There are over 20 schools in New England offering degrees in Graphic Design. This means that nearly 400 seniors each year are looking for jobs in the design industry.

What's going to set you apart?

The AIGA Student Portfolio Review is a day-long event designed to give you—a graduating senior or graduate-level student about to embark on a career in the design industry—advice about how to present yourself and your work. Here's your chance to:
+ have a professional look at your portfolio
+ distribute your resume
+ practice your interview skills
+ receive honest feedback about your work

Register now! Space is limited, this event will sell out!

$15 AIGA Student Members / $25 Non-Members


After registering, we will email you an assigned review session time. The review sessions are as follows:
9:30pm - 11:30am:     Portfolio review for Group 1
11:30am - 1:30pm:     Portfolio review for Group 2
1:30pm - 3:30pm:       Portfolio review for Group 3

This is a sell-out event, and we ask that you do not request to be scheduled for a specific session time. Should you need a specific session in the event of an unusual circumstance, we will do our best to accommodate you.


Why you should attend...
You will receive thoughtful, constructive, one-on-one evaluation of your work by an array of design professionals—art directors, senior designers, educators, and hiring managers—from the metro-Boston area. Their goal is to offer candid advice about your portfolio based on their professional experience. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. It's a great way to network and become aware of who's who in the Boston design community.

Who should attend...
All design students at the senior undergraduate level and MFA candidates. Space is limited to 75 students. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage students from various design programs throughout New England to have a presence at the event—and we usually pack a full house, so please register early!

What you should expect...
Once you register, you will be assigned a review session time on the event date. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your review time to insure that you have ample time to find table space and set up your work.

Review sessions are conducted like speed dating. This format maximizes the number of reviewers you meet with during your assigned review session. One-to-one time with reviewers is limited to 15 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and receive feedback within this time constraint. This event is designed to model the interview process; so be early, be prepared, and be mindful of how you present yourself and your work. Professional attire is recommended.

How to be best prepared...

+ Present 8 to 12 of your best portfolio pieces.
+ Have 10-15 copies of your resume with 3 or 4 photocopies or printouts of your best work attached as a reference / reminder for interested reviewers
+ A fully charged laptop if you plan on showing screen-based work (we cannot guarantee that power will be available to every table in the room) and an extension cord.
+ We cannot guarantee wireless internet, so run website locally.
+ No access to a laptop? Multi-media projects can be presented as printed screen shots.

Special thanks:


When & Where
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
700 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02215