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Hybrid Portfolio Development

5 Weeks, Hybrid Format (3 Face to Face Classes and Two Online Components)

Face to Face Class Meetings at Cornish Main Campus Center 502/504
Wednesdays, 3/19, 4/2 and 4/16 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Online Components Completed Independently the Weeks of 3/24 and 4/7

Main Campus Center TBA, 1000 Lenora St., Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $250. (Includes Materials)
Cornish Alumni Discount A $25.00 discount is offered to Cornish alumni.

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This hybrid course experience prepares students for portfolio reviews by leading art colleges in a more flexible and individualized format. Participants will develop the necessary skills to build a personal, thoughtful, and technically proficient portfolio for competitive application. Students present works in progress and receive critiques in preparation for National Portfolio Day at Cornish College of the Arts which occurs annually.

Ages Ranges: High school juniors and seniors interested in attending art school. Students must have access to their own laptop/computer and access to the internet when not meeting on campus due to the hybrid format of this course.


Eric Swangstu has worked at four of the top art schools across the country, reviewing thousands of portfolios and applications among all of them. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions for Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA; Curator at the OK Hotel; and Adjunct Instructor at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. Swangstu holds a BFA in painting from Kansas City Art Institute and an MPS from Pratt Institute. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in places such as Exit Art, New York City; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; DC Arts Center; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Prince Street Gallery, New York City; and the Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea; among others. His work is included in the public collections of the Government Employee Hospital Association and the Library of Congress. New York Times critic Helen A. Harrison has written that Swangstu’s paintings “play on the combination of observation and interpretation at the heart of realistic painting” and provides “an effective strategy for testing the boundary between objectivity and invention.”