Moore College of Art & Design’s Portfolio Gallery, an online tool that showcases the work of students, alumni and faculty through the leading portfolio portal Behance, allows artists to post projects and have a centralized portfolio that links directly with social media networking sites and personal websites. Companies can explore the work and access talent on a global scale.
Moore, the first and only visual arts college for women in the U.S., began using Behance in March, 2014 as part of the College’s career-focused mission. BFA and graduate students, alumni and faculty have created an online presence and gained exposure through the social network.
There have been plenty of creative networking sites but few have incorporated social, content curation and career building features like Behance. It attracts 15 times the traffic of other portfolio sites and currently has around 1.8 million public projects posted. These projects are linked directly back to the user, who can redirect visitors to their websites helping to maximize exposure and traffic.
Students and alumni who use Behance have reported increased exposure, networking and career opportunities.
Megan Rhodes ’14, a graphic design alumna, has been using Behance for two years. After viewing her portfolio on the site, a small start-up company offered her freelance work. Rhodes said she likes the fact that Behance syncs with Adobe Pro Site, allowing her to build a standalone website without ever writing code. “It’s a very helpful resource for people who haven’t gotten a website up yet, and it’s a good place to start an online presence, which is really important.”
Skye Bolluyt ’15, an Illustration major, created a Behance portfolio this spring as part of her internship preparation course. “I like the site because I had an internship in Philadelphia and afterwards I could follow them on Behance and they could follow me back and we could keep in touch. Behance has job listings as well. You can search in your major or career path and I’m hoping to contact illustrators that I really admire.”
Dominick Saponaro, an adjunct professor in the Illustration department, said he has been using Behance a lot more in recent months. He especially likes that the site is fully integrated with Creative Cloud so posting projects directly from applications streamlines the process of sharing art and receiving feedback. “I have a pretty big presence on Facebook and Twitter for my professional work,” he said. “Every few months I try to find another service that extends that reach a bit more and Behance does that. It’s nice to have my work pop up in front of potential clients. They appreciate and like my work so I know the work is getting in front of their eyeballs, which is why I’m doing it.”
Moore students, alumni and faculty can create their own profile at http://portfolios.moore.edu/
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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.