San Francisco Student Portfolio Workshop Session 1

Get inspired and motivated to kickstart your portfolio at Session 1 of this year’s San Francisco City Center Student Portfolio Workshop! We will be discussing things to consider when preparing your portfolio, how to use your portfolio as a tool in your job search journey. We also have a chat with our philanthropic partner, Creativity Explored, about their creative process and what they do when they are stuck in a creative design rut.

Do you have a portfolio and are ready to receive feedback from professionals in the industry? Please register for Session 2 separately at

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With the inability to host our annual Student Portfolio Workshop in person due to Covid-19, the San Francisco City Center sought out alternate ways in which it could help support the graduating class of 2021. Recent IIDA engagements had been using Zoom as a means to virtually host Student Roundtable discussions and have had casual touch-bases with the various San Francisco Student Committees, so we decided to keep the virtual spirit alive and host a completely virtual portfolio workshop.

We started the virtual workshop planning by opening the discussion to the students and allowing them to chime in on what a successful virtual workshop would entail, what at an unprecedent time like this would be the most helpful to them. Our committee was then able to plan around the direct needs of the students and added new segments to the workshop that were previously not part of our program. For example, we heard recurring themes around how to get over a creative rut, how to find inspiration when there is such a big disconnection from people, things, places that used to fill our creative souls. We also wanted to be mindful and inclusive of students in the beginning stages of creating their portfolios and allow them to be active participants of the workshop. With the many topics we wanted to cover, our committee decided to host a 2-session virtual event over 2 Saturdays. This allowed the first Saturday to be all about inspiring the students via an amazing panel of speakers and the following Saturday to be a virtual approach to our traditional design professional review.

Session 1’s goal was to help students get inspired and motivated to kickstart their portfolios with the help of a couple of speakers and scavenger hunts to keep the energy flowing!

Our guest speaker, Amy Campos, a tenured Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, shared portfolio layout tips and presentation best practices. Her insight as an educator encouraged students to be mindful of their portfolio projects as they work through their course curriculum. Also featured, Daniela M. Granillo, past IIDA Portfolio Workshop Best-in-Show winner and recent grad, shared how she used her portfolio as a tool in her job search journey and her experiences attending portfolio reviews, preparing current students with what to expect in session 2.

Session 1 wrapped in a open forum with the SFCC 2021 philanthropic partner, Creativity Explored, featuring Teaching Artist Michael Napper and Director of Art Partnerships Ann Kappes. Ann and Michael shared how the artists from CE are staying creative during the isolating side effects of the pandemic, including Michael’s visual journals inspiring attendees to keep creating despite all the digital fatigue.




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Saturday, May 22 2021






IIDA Northern CA Chapter