STEP 1: Portfolio Submission Requirements
Traditional media content:
Still Life drawing using charcoal
Self-Portrait using graphite pencil: draw yourself by looking into a mirror
Contour Line drawing of your shoe using a ballpoint pen
Colored Landscape Painting using watercolor, acrylic, or oil paint
Additionally, animation applicants are required to submit 3 to 5 of the following:
original character drawings
an expression sheet
a turnaround of a character
a sample of an animated GIF or short movement sequence on MP4 or MOV format.
This portfolio should represent the student’s BEST work. No slides or photocopies of work will be evaluated. Only original student character designs and cartoons will be accepted, do not plagiarize other artist's work.
ANY DIGITAL EXAMPLES MUST BE IN A FOLLOWING, APPROPRIATE FORMAT: JPG, PNG, MOV, MP4. DIGITAL EXAMPLES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON A FLASH DRIVE ONLY. NO IPAD, LAPTOP, OR PHONE WILL BE HANDLED OR LOOKED AT.
A portfolio consists of 7-10 pieces of artwork representing the student’s best work. Only original artwork, without copyright infringement, will be accepted. Do not submit a photograph or photocopy of a drawing or painting. All pieces should be organized and carried in a purchased or homemade portfolio.
INCLUDE YOUR MAGNET # ON THE BACK OF EACH ARTWORK, INCLUDING YOUR FLASH DRIVE.
Portfolio Review by Committee
The committee will review each portfolio looking for a student's ability to create original characters, quality of line, use of color and detail when creating and bringing their characters to life. Additionally, the committee will evaluate a student's ability to animate and create movement, if a GIF or short movement sequence is submitted.
STEP 2: Skill Demonstration
Animation Character Design
For the skill demonstration portion of the audition, students will be given several character descriptions to choose from. They will design the character they choose from the options and create a turnaround of the character from multiple views. (see character turnaround in multiple views below)
For the second set, a story will be given where students must insert the same character from the first skill demonstration into a storyboard and show their solution for telling the story with sequencing, shots, angles, actions, and setting.
Neatness, craftsmanship, and originality all count in the skills demonstration.
Skill Demonstration Review by Committee
The committee will be looking for a student's ability to create and design original characters. The committee also looks for character design that includes personality, costume design and the use of accessories to further develop a character. The committee will also be looking for a student's ability to draw accurate proportions, scale, musculature, and form by using confident lines and shading techniques.
Why do you want to attend the Las Vegas Academy?
Describe two characteristics that make you a unique student?
Students may answer these questions in advance and bring a printout to the audition:
Department Contact Information:
E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org