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Winter 2018 West Coast USA Portfolio Development Institute

Hosted at Cornish College for the Arts, Seattle, WA

The 2018 Winter Preview Portfolio Development Institute (PDI) is a unique 14-day program in the United States combining 6 days of intensive portfolio development courses and a week of college visits.


Created especially for rising juniors and seniors from Chinese High School Art programs, PDI helps students become better informed and better qualified applicants for future study in the US, Canada or Europe. Participating students arrive in Seattle on Saturday January 27, 2018 and leave from Los Angeles on Saturday February 10th. PDI is designed for students who aspire to study visual art, design, architecture and related arts.  Students will improve and develop their portfolio, and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives and faculty from some of the top art and design colleges in the world.


In the second half of the program, students will visit prestigious art schools in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. Students will get tours of the colleges, learn about admissions requirements and will meet with representatives for individual portfolio reviews and receive personal feedback on their work and advice on how to improve and edit their portfolio.


Art Colleges Visiting:


Cornish College for the Arts,

San Francisco Art Institute,

California College of the Arts,

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts),

Art Center College of Design,

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc),

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM),

and various programs at the University of Southern California (USC)


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Program Team:


Program Director & On Site Coordinator:


Hans Evers

President and Founder of Preview. Hans has over 15 years of admissions experience; senior admission representative at MassArt, SMFA/Tufts, Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and Associate Dean of admissions at MICA for 6 years. Head of College Guidance and AP art teacher at DASH in Miami for 6 years, advising students on their application and scholarship portfolio’s to top Art Colleges in North America and Europe. DASH is one of the top art magnet high schools in the USA. Hans has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MA in Art History from Tufts University.

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Lead Faculty:


Eric Swangstu

Past admissions director at KCAI, SMFA, Pratt and Cornish College of the Arts, and adjunct faculty at DigiPenn in Seattle. Eric has taught many highly successful portfolio workshops at top arts high schools in the US and is a practicing artist. He has a BFA from KCAI and MFA in painting from Pratt.

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Shawn Hall

Artist, curator, performance artist, teacher and citizen-scientist based in New Orleans. Past admissions representative for SFAI, and guest artist at many prestigious institutions. Shawn is a 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient and a practicing artist. She has a BFA from SAIC and an MFA in painting from MICA.

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