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Student Portfolio Review

  1. A curated, cohesive, web-based presentation created using Adobe Portfolio, Wix, Dribble, PortfolioBox, or similar.
    • The online portfolio should have tabs at the top to direct us to you resume, design statement, and work. 
  1. Requires 4 artifacts that represent your best work.
    • Each artifact should have the following represented:
      • Sketching.
      • 2D or 3D representations of the product.
      • Physical prototypes (can be low or high fidelity, but low fidelity prototypes should be followed by computer modeling demonstrating the difficulty in producing high fidelity prototype).
      • Photographs of the product and process (video is acceptable in the online portfolio).
    • The artifacts should demonstrate your ability to use the design process, while documenting your skills as a designer. Most often this is the documentation of a product, but not exclusively. Strive to include information about the process (Research, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test) by which this journey developed. 
  1. One of the physical prototypes will be submitted as a representation of your work on the Friday before Spring Break in the Industrial Science conference room by 5:00 pm.
  1. The samples of work must be your own original, personal work. They can be from assignments in classes or from outside of class. If the product is from group work and others were involved in the creation, due credit and permission should be given.
    • Avoid using drawings provided in class. Avoid using online templates. 
  1. Also to be included in this portfolio will be your responses to a design brief. These brief will be presented via this canvas page on the LAST DAY OF FINALS OF FALL SEMESTER. You will have from that day until 5:00pm MST on the Friday before Spring break to design and create your response to the brief. This must be included in your portfolio.
    • The design brief will be a fictitious scenario in which you will be asked to design a product as a solution to a problem. 
  1. A link to your website will be submitted through a Canvas assignment where you will also attach your other document. 
All students intending to advance into one of three OPDD emphasis areas, Design, Development or Product Line Management or final two years must submit a portfolio of their work to determine preparedness for the Professional Program.


Why is there a portfolio review process?

  • Assess work and progress to ensure preparedness for upper division Professional Program coursework
  • Ensure top quality and motivation in OPDD program
  • Optimize faculty and facility capacities
  • Build presentation and professional development skills for internships, interviews, job applications, and ultimately a career in the competitive sports and outdoor industry. 

When is the review?

  • Spring of second year in OPDD
  • Students must meet with their Academic Advisor to create a long term plan and ensure that they have all prerequisite classes completed or in progress prior to submitting a portfolio in the Spring. All long term plans must be created with the Academic Advisory prior to the Friday of dead week during the Fall Semester.
    • Contact your Academic Advisor to create a long-term plan, HERE.
  • Review Packet due the last day of February during their Sophomore year.
  • Results provided prior to fall registration