Portfolio 101

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Portfolio 101   Animation courses online for free! You can’t beat that!

Did we mention this animation courses online is free?  That’s right this is a free online animation courses with certificates!

Portfolio 101 is an animation course online for free and anyone can take it!  Consequently, this free animation course online is designed to help you assemble your work as an artist for review, for entrance into the Diploma program, the Certificate program, and as part of your yearly review. Or if you want to submit to a studio or animation school!

As you probably know, every top animation school requires you to submit a portfolio and ours is no different. It’s not enough to simply meet the requirements. To get into an animation program you need to aim high and distinguish yourself with outstanding drawings.  A typical animation entrance portfolio will contain a mixture of the topics discussed in this course.

Consequently, If you need to compile more work for your portfolio our Intro courses or Diploma Prep courses are designed to meet animation portfolio requirements.

We will review your portfolio at the end of each course. And an experienced industry professional will give you advice on how you can improve your work and skills to obtain your artistic goals.

What do I need to know about this class?

You should have some drawings ready to use for building your portfolio. Here is a list of the things you need:

  • figure drawing from LIFE
  • animal drawing from LIFE
  • sketchbook drawings from LIFE
  • “Cafe” style sketchbook drawings from Life
  • Original character designs
  • Concept sketches
  • color sketches
  • backgrounds and layout design
  • Animation reel

What if I don’t have these drawings?

Hey, this is a free online animation course! You can take it just to learn! As a result of not knowing what is required, you might not have these drawings. What to do?  Firstly, you can still take this class. Consequently, you will need to acquire these drawings but you can do it at a later time. That is to say, you can take this class as a way to familiarize yourself with animation portfolio requirements. However, do know you will need to have these drawings at some point. For example, if you submit to an animation school but don’t have these pieces, you will most likely not enter the school. For a great example of what kind of art you need take a look at these books. Here is a list of things you should not have in your portfolio for this animation courses online free class.

  • copies of other characters, for example, Micky mouse
  • still life
  • copies from photos
  • long rendered portraits from photos
  • old college illustrations
  • abstract artwork
  • jewelry


The topics covered in this free online animation courses with certificates are:

  • Research
  • Tailoring your portfolio
  • Your animation reel
  • Making your online portfolio
  • Review and critique your portfolio
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What Will You Learn?

  • Create a amazing portfolio to showcase you art
  • Get Diploma credit

Course Content

Research portfolios of artist you like an artist in the field you want to go into.

  • Research
  • Research session 1

Taylor your Portfolio
Make the portfolio for the specific job or program you are applying for.

The Animation reel
Your animation reel is an integral part of you portfolio, learn what needs to be in it and what dose not.

Making your online portfolio
Putting you portfolio online is the best way to give easy access to you reviewers, and its expected for most studios, and schools.

Review and critiqu your portfolio
Present you portfolio to professionals to get feed back on what changes can be made to make your Portfolio the best it can be!

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