The DISH portfolio review is designed to give you – a student about to embark on a career in the design industry — advice, insight, and useful information about how to present yourself and your work. Here is your chance to have a professional look at your portfolio in a no-risk, non-competitive environment. You can practice your interviewing skills and get honest feedback about your portfolio and resume.
Why you should attend?
You will receive thoughtful, constructive, one-on-one evaluations of your work by an array of design professionals — art directors, media producers, educators, and hiring managers – from the Nashville area. Their goal is to help answer your questions and offer completely honest advice about your portfolio based on their creative perspective and experience. While this event is not a job fair, some reviewers may be looking for potential employees or interns. It is a great way to network and become aware of who’s who in the Nashville design community.
Who should attend?
The DISH portfolio review is open to design students at the junior and senior undergraduate level.
What you should expect?
You will have table space to set up your work. Reviewers will rotate around the room, and every effort will be made to maximize the number of reviewers who will sit with you and discuss your work. Keep in mind that reviewers will be asked to limit their critique time to 10 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and get feedback within this time constraint. Dress appropriately—it is a creative field but make sure that you look professional. Although this is a non-competitive event, this Portfolio Review is designed to prepare you for the actual interview process. Be mindful of how you present yourself and your work.
What you should bring?
Come with 8 to 12 of your best portfolio pieces. These can be in a book, binder, individual sheets, on a laptop or pretty much anyway you think will best display your work. It’s not a fashion show, so there aren’t any awards for the fanciest case or computer, the focus is on your work. However, we encourage students to use their display space to express their full design personality, so don’t feel limited. If you have three dimensional pieces, promos, or creative “flair” (37 pieces, to be exact) to add to your space to reflect who you are as a designer (without impeding on your neighbor’s space), go for it.