Like the Swallows returning to Capistrano, each spring brings the annual "Get Yourself a New One Ripped or Handed to You"… better known as Portfolio Nights.
The crème of advertising creative offer the young flesh looking for a break into the biz. A night of getting this young talents portfolio's reviewed and sometimes the wake-up call they missed at school.
ADCC – The Grand Daddy of Review Nights
First up is my personal favorite. The Advertising Design Club of Canada Portfolio Night. Why my favourite? It offers both designers, art directors and copywriters their choice of review. The 2009 Student Portfolio Review will be held on the evening of April 1st, 2009 at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street in downtown Toronto. The location itself is a creative gem and inspires.
Once again the ADCC will assemble some of the top advertising and design professionals to review student portfolios. Each student will have the opportunity to see three reviewers and receive a thorough critique of their work. This event is open to Advertising & Graphic Design students who are in the final year of a full-time program, as well as those students who graduated in the previous year. Entry fees are $15 for ADCC student members and $30 for student non-members.
Please Note: All review times must be booked prior to April 1st, 2009. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants will be emailed with their specific appointment time prior to the event.
ihaveanidea.org Portfolio Night 7
This started as a local event seven years ago. Toronto and Montreal… and has grown into an international event. The ihaveanidea/Portfolio Night team has been hard at work, putting everything together to make this year's global event as phenomenal as all the previous.
This has become the favourite review night of the students and industry. Higher priced ticket but, bigger named creative's are attracted. Call it the "Oscars" of review nights.
This year's website has been designed to give you all the info you'll need about Portfolio Night 7, from ticket sales, to cities and creative directors involved. There are sections for all types of news stories, and even a history of Portfolio Night, from the very first one back in 2003 to last year's globe-spanning extravaganza. Feel free to explore!
As we draw closer to June 11th, this site will be updated several times a day, so be sure to check back often in order to stay abreast of the latest news. If you really want to stay on top of things, you can subscribe to the site, and every last new story will be emailed to you as they are announced.
Have fun. Good luck. Bring Kleenex. Hmmmm… a tagline for either event.