At EPAC, students develop a range of practical and creative skills and gain valuable experience through internships, projects for external organisations, exhibitions, competitions and building a portfolio of work. By the time you are finished, your portfolio will contain examples of your own ideas as well as coursework. Entering competitions and exhibitions is important to make your work be seen and appreciated outside the classroom.
This activity outside school will help you to build a network and make useful contacts who may be able to help you in the future.Widen your net to also include friends and family. This can also be included in your portfolio and in the list of commissions on your CV.
Remember that as a student, time for professional activity is limited but work within the community can be valuable. Any art-related employment or experience while studying, such as summer camps, presents an opportunity to develop both your portfolio and network.