Portfolio Workshop for Teens

Portfolio Workshop

This intensive workshop focuses on the production of digital and physical portfolios, from creation to documentation. This workshop is aligned with the new ECU Admissions Guidelines and will help students through a holistic engagement with the application process, as well through peer and instructor review. Students will need to have at hand all the work they are considering for their portfolio. Issues surrounding selection of work, photo documentation and practical approaches to building a strong portfolio will be discussed. This workshop is ideal for students looking to study art and design at the post-secondary level.

Upcoming Sessions

CETP 175 S001

April 23 + April 30, 2022 | Saturdays | 10:00am – 5:00pm
Tuition: $219.50 | 2 sessions
On Campus

Students participating in the Portfolio Workshop for Teens will need to source their own supplies for the course. For the workshop, students will need to have at hand all the work they are considering for their portfolio, a notebook and pen. Students will need access to a camera, smartphone or tablet to document their work.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on our Registration Policies page.

Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for a comprehensive portfolio
  • Write a concise artist statement
  • Develop confidence and insight into self-evaluation and critique
  • Present about your work effectively
  • Document your work adequately using cameras and lighting available at home

About the Instructors

Jess MacCormack - CETP 175 F001, CETP 175 F005

Jess MacCormack is a queer, mad artist working in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Their art practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma. Working with communities and individuals affected by stigma and oppression, they use cultural platforms and distribution networks to facilitate collaborations which position art as a tool to engender personal and political agency.

Jess Mac’s digital work has been shared through various online platforms, such as VICE Creator’s project, PAPER Mag, and Art F City. Their animations have been screened internationally at festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, MIX-26 the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, Transcreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, LA Film Fest at UCLA, Inside Out, Imaginative Film Festival and International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA).

They have an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008) and were an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University (2010-2013). Jess is currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Josh Hite - CETP 175 F002, CETP 175 F003, CETP 175 F004

Josh Hite’s work is concerned with tactics for documentation and human movement through local spaces. He creates reorganized archives of particular spaces and behaviors either through recordings he makes himself or by appropriating content through sites like YouTube. He is a member of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and part of Ten Fifteen Maple, a two-year artist residency exploring multiple waterfront parks in Vancouver. He also regularly collaborates with theatre and dance companies. Josh has a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Visual Art and teaches photography and media arts at the University of British Columbia,