Writing the Resumé

The purpose of a resumé is to introduce you to the employer. A good resumé gets you to the interview stage by generating enough interest that the employer wants to meet you. Employers don’t spend much time looking at a resumé, so you want to make sure that the information is organized so that the most pertinent material is on top and each entry further down the document is slightly less critical to the employer.

Always remember to customize each resumé you send out based on the employers needs. Do your best to research the employer and the position you are interested in before you work on your resumé. The more you can match their expectations, the more likely they are to contact you for an interview.

Below are resume formats for you to consider.


• Use when you have stable, continuous work history

• Use with consistent professional growth and focus on additional responsibility.

• List most recent or current employer first and work back approximately 10 years, listing employers, dates and responsibilities.

• Avoid if you make frequent job changes or if your career is not moving forward.


• Most relevant experience to the job you are seeking is placed first.

• Focuses more on achievement and less on the sequence of your work history.

• List skills, abilities, credentials, qualifications, and accomplishments without stating where you acquired them.

• Allows you to more easily bring in volunteer and classroom experiences and skills.

• De-emphasizes employment dates or company names by placing them last in resume.

• Use if you have employment gaps, are changing careers or have changed jobs frequently.


• Combination of chronological and functional resumes

• Starts with a brief personal objective, then lists job-specific skills relevant to the objective, and segues into a chronological format that lists the how, where, and when these skills were acquired.

• Use for a student work history with demonstrated growth.

Which type of resume is best for you? If you have lengthy experience – chronological If you are changing careers – functional If you are a student or recent graduate – combination.

Main sections of a resumé


‘Education’ usually appears at the top of the resume since many employers require a college degree for their positions. List all colleges you’ve attended and note them in reverse chronological order with most recent first. Spell out the name of the school and indicate location and dates attended. You may want to include KCAI’s acronym next to its name if you’re using it in other parts of the resume and to save space. Consider bolding or capping the name to make it pop. Over time, your work experience will take precedent over the ‘Education’ category and ‘Education’ may move down on the resume.

After KCAI, you’ll want to list your degree. Although you can use an acronym for this, we recommend that you spell it out to reflect its importance. If you have a few awards/honors and want to list them with the schools, you can do so, but a separate ‘Awards/Honors’ category may be best. Additionally, study abroad, and workshops may be listed with the schools.

High School or No High School?

In most cases, there is no need to list your high school. However, if you’re job hunting in a region where you’re from, then include your high school since there’s often strong interest for employers to hire people who are from their region. This may also open up networks you have in the community. If you attended a well-known private school, you’ll want to indicate this on your resume, too.


This is one of the most important sections on a resume and builds your case for being interviewed. As you gain more and more professional experience, this category moves to the top of the resume where it’s most valued in the resume hierarchy.

Basically, the employer is looking for who you have worked for, where they are located, your dates of employment, and what your level or title was. This is followed by a description of your responsibilities, which more or less relates skills.

Remember to keep your formatting the same as other sections of the resume. Consider bolding or capping the names of companies or your level or title in order to draw attention to them. Also, it is standard that experiences be listed in reverse chronological order (most recent to oldest).

Differentiating Experiences

It may be necessary to group your experiences into different categories in order to better frame how an employer thinks of them. If you’ve completed several internships while in school, for example, you can title the category ‘Internships’. As a rule, a category should have at least two items in it. So if you’ve had only one internship, combine it under another experience title.

In general, if you’ve had a variety of experiences, then name the category ‘Experience’ or ‘Professional Experience’. If your experiences have been specific to the industry in which you’re looking for work, then title the category with a name like ‘Design Experience’. This can also confirm for the employer that they might have the right candidate for the job.

Many artists and designers freelance and wonder how this should be listed. A separate category can be titled ‘Freelance’ with individual listings of projects and clients. Or, the freelance work can be integrated into the ‘Experience’ category along with other job listings. In both cases, still note dates and location, usually the current location you’re freelancing from. If you’ve completed numerous freelance projects, you may want to provide an overview description of your skills and services and then add a selected client list in order to consolidate your experiences.

You may find that you have other experiences that don’t fit neatly into one of your categories, but that you know are worth including. These may be grouped with titles like ‘Relevant’, ‘Other’, and ‘Additional’. If these experiences are focused on an area of interest, then the category may reflect this with a title like ‘Photography Experience’. Or, if you’ve devoted your time to volunteering, then a category may be used such as ‘Volunteer’.

Studio = Experience. Although your studio experiences may be best listed under a skills category, there are times you may want to note ‘Studios’ as its own category and list the titles of classes and possibly a brief description of each. This method is valuable when you have little work experience outside of school. Another option is to describe studio experiences separately when they relate to sponsored studios, in which a company is working with your class.

Film/Animation/Video students may also want to list their productions as a new category in order to imply experience. Using a title like ‘Films’, ‘Selected Films’, or ‘Filmography’, list the name of the production, dates, and running time along with specific roles you had and a very brief description of the film.


A ‘Skills’ category is especially helpful when you don’t have as much work experience to list. Since work descriptions often note skills, you’ll need to reassure the employer that you can either do the work required or adapt readily to the work environment. Think of the skills section as a pre-job checklist for the employer. While you’re in college, it’s understood that many of your current skills may result from experiences you’ve had in class.

Studio = Skills

This is an important concept to utilize on your resume, and a way to articulate what skills you’ve gained from your studio work. One of the best ways to start is to look in the course catalog at descriptions of the classes you took. This text will jog your memory, and usually provides a good synopsis of the core skills gained in that studio.

Sub-categories may be necessary to organize your skill sets and allow the employer to quickly identify your abilities. Usually the first sub-category pertains directly to the kind of work you hope to acquire. For a graphic design position, this category may be ‘Graphic Design’ or ‘Design’.

The next sub-category is often ‘Computer’ where you would list the software programs you know in order of importance (to the employer). Start with creative software packages first and follow with other supportive programs that may be used in the work environment. When you’re starting out, you don’t have to list your experience level with each program, but over time this may be necessary depending on which industries you’re working in.

Also, the employer will definitely question you about any software experience they need or even give you a test/assignment to ascertain your ability.

While you’re a student, you may want to include a category such as ‘Organizational’ or ‘Office’, which describes your ability to function in an office— meeting deadlines, researching materials, working collaboratively, answering phones, greeting clients, etc. These skills demonstrate that you’re ready for a professional work environment and show your willingness to take on various responsibilities.

Try to keep your sub-categories limited to 3 or 4 sections, as more than that can become confusing and take away from your strengths. Over time, the ‘Skills’ category may diminish to simply a listing of software and move down the resume superseded by ‘Professional Experience’. This category is beneficial though, when you’re starting out, or switching careers and need to convince an employer of your abilities, which may be different from your work experience.


For a job resume, these categories usually appear lower on the page and are supportive of the other categories. Depending on your accomplishments, each of the three can be listed separately or combined. If you have a couple of awards and honors that are connected directly to your educational experiences, you may want to forgo a separate category and combine them under the ‘Education’ category.

Try to be more succinct in the amount of information you provide for these categories. Formatting may also be adjusted; for instance, it may be overkill to bold all exhibits or awards even though you’ve bolded other information. For awards and honors, list titles, dates and possibly the sponsoring organizations or institutions. If there were unique or notable aspects to the award, such as famous jurors or a highly competitive selection process, then describe this, too.


Depending on the job you’re applying for, an exhibition record may be important to some prospective employers. This is especially true for fine artists considering positions in arts administration and with non-profit arts organizations, as well as artist’s assistant positions.

Although you can submit a separate exhibition resume, it may be beneficial to expand this category on your job resume. Doing so can result in a two-page resume, but this length is acceptable in these circumstances. Please see the ‘Exhibition Resumes’ section if you need to create a separate document.

List the name of the show, the gallery or space where the exhibition took place, its location and dates. As with awards, include prominent jurors or selection process details if they’re notable.


If you think of other categories or titles that enhance your background, then consider including them on the resume. These might include options like professional organizations, affiliations, and certain memberships can proclaim your commitment to your field and suggest a further base of knowledge you may bring to a job.

Conferences, workshops and training sessions also demonstrate your professional commitment and imply your willingness to learn and adapt in your field.

For fine artists, categories such as grants, residencies, fellowships, commissions, and public art projects may be necessary additions to your job resume, as well as including them in your exhibition record.


All of your experiences should include at least brief descriptions and it’s important that you begin each description with an action word. This is a common and expected element of resumes, and it places your skills in an active context. Avoid beginnings like ‘Responsibilities included...’ and cut-to-the-chase with verbs like ‘Created’, ‘Designed’, ‘Assisted’, ‘Managed’, etc. These action words make you seem like a doer - a person who can accomplish things on the job. Be careful, though, not to use the same verbs repeatedly or they will lose their impact.

As you write your descriptions, emphasize skills and accomplishments that would be most valued by prospective employers by placing them early in the description. Occasionally provide concrete details or projects, and if you’ve worked with specific clients, integrate a ‘Selected Clients’ list in the description. One to three sentences are typical for descriptions but they should vary depending on how important the experiences were to you.


Make it easy for a prospective employer to see and read your information: a consistent layout helps!

Whatever you do in one category of the resume, try to maintain the same layout in other areas.

Simplify employment dates by focusing on the year and leaving out months or seasons.

Dates can be placed in many different locations but keep in mind that they’ll draw more attention to themselves if they’re placed in a column design. If they’re embedded in the text, they’re not as apparent, which may be helpful if you do have gaps in your record or changes in your career path. Also, avoid the ‘running leap’ format where the dates are justified left or right with some distance to the text. This can create awkward negative spaces in resume design.

The same approach should be followed for listing locations. Always include a location, typically a city and state, even if you think the employer will know where a company or school is located. You don’t need to indicate a street address.


• Visual appearance is important. Your resume should be pleasing to the eye.

• Use quality paper stock in conservative colors like white, gray and ivory.

• Use healthy margins; at least one-inch on all sides.

• Choose standard fonts like Times New Roman, approximately 12-point size.

• Always remember to read through your resume very carefully to look for spelling mistakes. Spellcheck doesn’t always catch everything.

• Use appropriate spacing between sections.

• Be consistent with your headings regarding capitalization and punctuation

• Feature important points by using action statements.

• If you are going to email your resume, save it as a pdf first and then attach it to your email.

• Always customize your resume to the job you are applying to. Project information that matches your skills, abilities and qualifications to a prospective employer’s needs.

• Make sure your email address and voicemail are professional sounding.

• If you can, it’s a plus to include an address that is relatively close to employer’s place of business, even if it isn’t your main address. If the employer sees you as a local candidate, it could make it easier for them to hire you.

• Hobbies section was a common category of past resumes that has all but disappeared from current versions. These days it’s best to list more relevant information in the skills section or under other categories.

• Resumes for most jobs should typically be one page long. If you are going to expand into a second page, make sure not to fill the entire second page as this can seem like information overload. Aim for 1/2 to 2/3 proportion of text to page coverage. If you only have a small section carried over to the second page, try reformatting and consolidating into one page.



This resume serves specifically as a record of your accomplishments as an artist with an emphasis on exhibitions. It’s often provided to galleries and museums but may also be used to apply for grants, fellowships, scholarships, competitions and residencies. Additionally, it may be submitted as part of a Curriculum Vitae for teaching jobs or included in a job resume for an arts administration and curatorial opportunities.


• Be sure to read through the information on the “Basic Job Resume” as many of the details noted there apply to the “Exhibition Resume”, especially tips on formatting and type.


• Include your name, contact information and website. Many exhibition resumes list “Born” below the contact information since galleries and museums often identify an artist as “American” or “International” and note the place of birth, including the city/state/province and country, along with the date of birth.


• This is usually one of the first categories seen, but unlike the job resume, you don’t need to list ever school you’ve attended. Most artists list the colleges where they’ve attained their bachelors’ and masters’ degrees. Some artists include workshops and residencies here, but these categories tend to be placed later in the resume after exhibition listings.


• Since solo exhibitions indicate a level of achievement in the fine art world, the category appears near the top of the resume. Some artists will list “Public Collections” and/or “Private Commissions” before this category and younger artists will usually begin with solo exhibitions. Many emerging artists may simply begin with the category “Exhibitions” or “Group Exhibitions” as these reflect the starting point of their exhibition record.

• List the name of the exhibition, the gallery or space where the exhibition took place, its location and dates. Provide prominent juror names or selection process details if they’re notable. As you gain more experience and add more shows, you may want to use the term “Selected” preceding your category title in order to focus on the most important exhibitions only. However, since exhibition resumes can run for several pages if necessary, you may list all of your exhibitions if you prefer.


• This category follows the same guidelines described under “Solo Exhibitions”. In addition to listing prominent jurors and selection processes, you may want to include the names of other artists in the show if their names are notable.


• This section includes listings of all materials published about you. Typically, it is focused on printed items: articles and reviews in magazines, newspapers, books and catalogs, but it can also include radio and television interviews along with material at websites and blogs. Information can be organized in alphabetical order by the last name of the author or it can be grouped in reverse chronological order by date. Within each year, use alpha order by author to organize the information.

• Information may include the following if applicable: the year, name of author, title of article, name of publication or material, volume number, location, issue month & date, and page number.


• Unlike the “Bibliography” category, this section contains listings of materials that you’ve written, including reviews, articles, books, critical pieces and other published writings. Follow a format very similar to that of the bibliography but, of course, without the author listing.


• This is a record of places that have your work (whether purchased or donated) within their collection. This can include museums, foundations, non-profits, libraries and universities. Dates are not necessary, but provide the name of the institution, and its location – city, state, and country if applicable.


• As in a job resume, you can create categories that reflect your unique creative path if you believe they enhance your exhibition record and professional development. Within each section, be sure to keep the design and formatting similar to other parts of the resume so that your information is consistent and easy to follow. Possible categories include: Awards, Commissions, Residencies, Fellowships, Grants,

Competitions, Lectures, and Exhibitions Curated (those that you’ve selected work for) among others.


A Curriculum Vitae is used predominantly for teaching positions, although it is occasionally requested for grant and residency applications. It may be identified by this Latin name or the lowercase letters “cv” which do not have periods. In other countries, the cv may refer to a job resume, but in the United States the cv is considered a record of your professional academic career and may have categories and documentation that go beyond the needs of a standard resume.


• As with the “Exhibition Resume” be sure to read through the “Basic Job Resume” as many of the details noted apply to the cv, especially tips on formatting and type.


• As on a resume, give your name and prominence on the cv, and be sure all of your contact information is up-to-date. Keep similar formatting, font, type size, margins, etc., throughout all of the documents you submit including your cover letter, artist’s statement and teaching philosophy statement. This cohesiveness will enhance the impression of your organizational ability and professionalism.


• This category includes all colleges you’ve attended and degrees you’ve acquired. Don’t be concerned if there are colleges and degrees that are not art-focused as these may, in fact, enhance the range of your educational experiences.


• A critical category on a cv; include all teaching-related experiences including teaching assistantships during college and graduate school. This category faces great professional scrutiny so specific titles are essential and it’s important to learn the

differences between them. Indicate whether you were on “Instructor of Record” or a “Teaching Assistant” for the classes you taught.

• Provide a description for each experience, noting responsibilities, skills, processes, projects, and level of students. Begin descriptions with action verbs and make sure that your information is understandable to those who may not be involved in the arts, since search committee members can come from other areas of the institution.


• The format and content for work experience follows the structure of a traditional job resume.


• Similar to the “Skills” category on a job resume, you may need to emphasize your abilities here to counter limited teaching experience. Utilize sub-categories to highlight discipline-specific skills that may be applied to teaching opportunities. Focus on processes, equipment, and materials. If you’re comfortable with more than one discipline area, it may be necessary to juggle these subcategories in the skills section depending on which teaching positions you’re applying for.

• You may want to create a skills category for “Teaching”, especially if you have limited experience, in order to demonstrate knowledge of curriculum development, syllabi creation, teaching methodologies, and approach to critiques.

• A computer subcategory may be expected and you’ll want to list platforms and software. Start with creative software that would be most beneficial in the classroom and continue listing other supportive software programs that may be used for administrative work or other projects.


• When listing exhibitions, include sections for “Solo” and “Group” shows, or organize all exhibitions together in reverse chronological order by year. If you go this route, indicate which exhibits are solo shows.

• Teaching positions typically demand an active exhibition record and this adds clout to your candidacy along with providing some indication of your role as a teacher and administrator. While job hunting, you may want to pursue gallery opportunities at the same time.


• Usually, the categories of “Public Collections”, “Bibliography”, and “Publications” will follow directly after “Exhibitions”. Other categories like Awards, Commissions, Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, Competitions, Lectures, and Exhibitions Curated may be placed here as well or shifted earlier in the cv depending on their value to the positions you’re applying for.


• Other possibilities for categories include Conferences, Workshops, Visiting Artist Lectures, Professional Affiliations/Memberships, Research, and Professional Service.

• Professional Service can be an important category since most teaching positions will require additional commitments outside of the classroom.


• The College Art Association is an important resource for those seeking college teaching positions. Membership allows access to job listings and their annual conference provides valuable networking and learning opportunities. It is also worth exploring their website for information on legal issues and professional art practices, along with cv guidelines for visual artists, art historians and even museum professionals. http://www.collegeart.org/guidelines


Potential employers will use this letter to make an assessment of both your written communications skills and your interest in the job. This letter should be used to describe what you are looking for (internship, part-time job or full-time job) a well as sum up what skills you can offer the employer.


• The cover letter works in tandem with your resume and serves as an introduction of yourself to a prospective employer.

• The purpose of a cover letter is to get an interview, not the job itself

• It should be succinct, and not more than one page. Ideally three to four paragraphs

• Don’t retell your resume in your cover letter – it’s already attached for the employer to read. Instead highlight relevant experiences to guide the employer to your suitability for the job.


• Format your cover letter to look like your resume. Repeat the layout style of your resume by using the same type of fonts, similar point size, margins and tabs.

• Keep your letter short and simple. This is not the time to tell your whole life's story.

• Don’t ever send your resume without a cover letter. Research the company and the specifics about the position so you can tailor your letter to the needs of the organization.

• Spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes are out of the question! Cover letters are a reflection of your writing skills, so make each cover letter an example of your best work.

• Avoid using too many sentences that start with "I."

• Avoid using the passive voice. Here’s an example of passive voice: “This experience enabled me to problem solve..” Rather, make yourself the subject of each sentence and use active descriptions: "In this internship, I demonstrated sound judgment and problem-solving skills on a daily basis."

• Do not use contractions (I'd, didn't, it's).

• Keep your letter brief. Never more than one page, and it's best to keep it well under that.

• If you are corresponding with a prospective employer via email, consider copying the text of your cover letter and pasting it into the message area of your email so that you make a strong, immediate impression when an employer opens the email.


• Tell the employer how you can meet his or her needs and contribute to the company.

• One of the biggest mistakes a person can make with a cover letter (besides typos or other errors) is to be too general. The letter should be an introduction to you, and therefore something no one else can write. Statements like “my previous work experience has given me the skills to succeed as a gallery assistant” are much too vague. This is better: “My concentrations in art history and mixed media sculpture will allow me to knowledgeably answer gallery customers’ questions. Also, my three years of experience in a Manhattan retail sales environment has given me a good foundation in customer service philosophy.”

• Speak to the job requirements.

• Distinguish your cover letter from those of other job seekers by quantifying and giving examples that amplify and prove the claims you make in your letter.

• Be sure to sign your letters. (Black or blue ink is suggested)

• Always address your letter to a named individual.

• Send an original letter to each employer.



Employer contact name, title


city, state, zip

Greeting: (if possible, always address letter to a particular person)

Opening Paragraph: Why are you writing, the position or type of work for which you are applying and mention how you heard about the job opening (firm, internship, faculty, student, admire their work).

Second Paragraph: Why are you interested in working for this employer? If you have relevant work or internship experience, talk about it in detail. Emphasize related education and skills or abilities or computer software that relate to the job. Try not to repeat the information in your resume. Be confident and use good writing skills.

Third Paragraph: Refer to your résumé, slides or portfolio, which illustrate your training, interests and experience. Indicate your availability. Note specific accomplishments, achievements and educational experience that would expressly support the second paragraph.

Closing Paragraph: Thank the reader and indicate the action or steps you will take in the future (“I will be calling you to follow up within the next two weeks and would like to show you my portfolio.”).


Hand-written signature

Typed Name

Typed phone number and email


1. Ask your intended reference if they can write a positive letter of reference for you. Keep in mind that the first question almost every reference request includes is “how long and under what circumstances have you known the person you are writing for”? For professors, usually, you need to have studied at least two semesters with them.

2. Make this request in person, by email or phone

3. Make the request with as much lead time as possible, at least 3 weeks, but 6 weeks in advance is preferable

4. If you have been out of touch for a while, send your references a letter asking if they will still be willing to write on your behalf, and telling them, briefly, what you’ve been up to. Send with this an updated resume and images of recent work (and a few old pieces if you think they may need the reminder)

5. Let them know what you are applying for, why you’re seeking the opportunity and why you think the opportunity would be positive for you.

6. If writing, make sure you spell/grammar proof your letter.

Ima Student

4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111 

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com

March 20, 2011

Susan Smith

Human Resources, The Phillips Collection

1600 21st St. N.W. Washington, DC 20009

Dear Ms. Smith:

I am writing in response to your advertisement in the Washington Post for an Exhibitions intern. I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) next May. As you will see on my enclosed résumé, in addition to my academic training, I have professional experience in many areas.

I was equally drawn to the words “Exhibitions Assistant” and “Phillips Collection,” since I am a devoted fan of the Phillips, and my long-term career goal is to work in the exhibitions department of a museum. As a fine arts student at KCAI, I worked with John Smith in the painting department and art historian Jane Smith in the School of Liberal Arts. I supplemented my academic studies with a number of different internships: the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City; the Kansas City Film Festival; and the Garcia Gallery in Miami, Florida. Over the course of my four years at KCAI, these different pursuits provided me with great opportunities to develop my ability to manage many tasks effectively and enthusiastically. As graduation draws near, I am eager to apply my skills and values to a internship in exhibitions at an organization like the Phillips Collection.

I would welcome the opportunity to learn more about the position and to discuss my qualifications at greater length. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I thank you for your time and consideration.


Ima Student


Ima Student

4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com


Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri BFA in Painting, expected graduation date: May 2012 GPA: 3.85 Dean’s List: 2009 – present

Studio Art Centers International (SACI), Florence, Italy Semester Abroad, Summer 2011

Relevant Experience

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri Intern, January 2012 – present

• Assist with the organization and implementation of two traveling exhibitions

• Receive artist application materials for major competition

• Address inquiries and distribute prospectus and contracts to participants

• Assist with writing and editing materials for press, catalog and other publications

Kansas City Film Festival, Kansas City, Missouri Intern, August 2011 – December 2011

• Learned all aspects of festival preparation, including advertising

• Obtained film rights releases from appropriate vendors and authors/artists

• Obtained permits for use of venues

Garcia Gallery, Miami, Florida Intern, June 2010 – August 2010

• Helped new owner of small nonprofit gallery with the review of artist portfolios for their upcoming exhibition schedule

• Wrote response letters to artists, answered phone calls and filed application materials in slide library

• Assisted with scanning and digitizing slides to jpegs for online artists file registry





  • Proficient in Microsoft word on PC and Mac platforms
  • Familiar with scanners
  • Photoshop
  • Excel

  • Painting: oils and acrylics;
  • egg tempera
  • Portraiture
  • Representational imagery, large-scale exterior murals;
  • Use of hand-held power tools; woodworking; stretcher building; basic framing techniques

  • Highly organized
  • Meticulous
  • Dependable
  • Responsive
  • Creative problem solver
  • Writing and copy-editing
  • Beginner level Japanese, spoken and written

Ima Student

4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com

January 25, 2012

Amelia Brown, Director of Human Resources

Greatbig Museum of Art

1000 Museum Dr.

Any City, MO 64666

Dear Ms. Brown:

I am responding to the notice on your website seeking a part-time classroom teacher for the Museum’s Children’s Art Center. I am enclosing my résumé showing my education and experiences for your review.

In 2013, I will receive my B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute, with a major in fiber. In my previous job, I taught children ranging in age from six to 12 years in KCAI’s summer children’s art program. I developed curricula in the areas of mixed media and fiber. In addition to teaching at KCAI’s summer children’s art program, I also have completed internships at the Dolphin Gallery and at Gymboree Play and Music.

As a student in KCAI’s Learn to Teach: Community Art class, I gained many of the skills I used as a teacher. In the class, I taught both children and adults at the Southeast Community Center and Mattie Rhodes Art Center, learning from professional mentors in the classroom and from formal and informal contact with community artists.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I will contact your office to arrange a meeting to further discuss my qualifications.


Ima Student


Ima Student

4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com


Bachelor of Fine Art, Fiber Expected graduation date: May 2013 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

• Current GPA: 3.6

• Dean’s List Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Significant Courses

• Learn to Teach – Community Art, Spring 2011

• Artist’s Role in Society, Fall 2010

• Collaborative Art Practices, Spring 2009

Internships Gymboree Play and Music, Prairie Village, Kansas August – December 2011 Teacher’s Assistant

• Guided the students on various art projects while developing their creativity

• Developed child and family art programs

• Planned strategies for developing students in different artistic genres

• Suggested solutions to the students for being more proficient in the art work

Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri May – August 2011 Gallery Assistant

• Organized acquisitions and kept records of art work

• Dealt with enquiries from variety of clients and discussed exhibits with the gallery’s patrons

• Assisted the director in setting up gallery for First Friday events

• Updated website and gallery database

Volunteer Experience

• Harvesters: The Community Food Bank Fall 2009

• Blood donor Fall 2009 – present

Ima Student

4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com

November 14, 2011

Mr. H.R Brockton

Brockton Creative Group

218 Delaware, Suite 302

Kansas City, MO 64105

Dear Mr. Brockton,

It was a pleasure meeting you last week at the Kansas City Art Institute’s Graphic Design Portfolio Review Day. I greatly appreciated your feedback on my portfolio and the advice you gave me on interviewing. You also encouraged me to follow up with you regarding internship opportunities at Brockton Creative Group, so I am submitting my materials for your consideration.

I researched your company prior to the portfolio review and was impressed by your versatile approach to advertising, branding and marketing. I especially enjoyed your recent promotional campaign for the Running Back Gives Back Foundation, which was engaging, beautiful and understated. These are the same elements I strive for in my design projects, and it is exciting to see them employed in a campaign like the Running Back Gives Back Foundation.

At KCAI, I have been developing a strong range of skills in typography, typeface design, color theory and information architecture. As you saw at the portfolio review, our studio projects are varied and include editorial layout, publications, package design and signage along with branding, logos and identity systems. You can see further examples of my work at www.imastudent.art along with my oil and watercolor paintings.

For the past two summers, I have applied my studio experiences to professional summer internships with Payless Shoe Source and VML. These opportunities enhanced my skills and gave me further insights into the day-to-day workings of design firms. Additionally, I run my own freelance design business and provide services to a variety of clients including nonprofits, restaurants and other small businesses.

I look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your consideration of these materials for an internship at Brockton Creative Group. I am excited about this opportunity and believe it is an ideal direction for my design studies. I will contact you in a week to see if we can schedule an interview. Thank you for your time.


Ima Student Enclosure


4415 Warwick Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111

imastudent@kcai.edu | 816-555-1234| www.imastudentportfolio.com


Seeking a summer internship with an innovative design studio where my knowledge of branding, package design, print and Web can be used to create outstanding design solutions.


Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Expected Graduate Date: May 2012

Central Park Day School, New York, New York

Valedictorian 2008


Payless ShoeSource, Topeka, Kansas

Design Intern, Summer 2010

Assisted creative directors with design and development of holiday gift cards and cardholders, in-store merchandise signage and fundraising materials

VML, Kansas City, Missouri

Design Intern, Summer 2011

Created style guides, selected colors and refined type choices for companies ranging from major corporations to small businesses.


Freelance Graphic Designer, 2007 – present

Develop graphic design solutions for numerous clients including small business, restaurants, ad agencies and nonprofits.

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Admissions Tour Guide, 2008 – present

Provide tours to prospective students and their families. Answer questions regarding classes, schedules, housing and student life.



Broad range of skills in branding, logos, signage, publications, editorial layout and package design. Experience with typography, typeface design, color theory and information architecture. Digital pre- press production, color correction and photo retouching skills


Macintosh and PC platforms. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fontlab, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, AfterEffects.


Highly trained in a variety of painting techniques – oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache. Skilled in figure drawing using pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink. Extensive photographic experience – digital, color and black and white processing.


AIGA Student Member, 2008 – present KCAI Graphic Design Biennial Exhibition 2009 KCAI Scholarship Award 2008 and 2009


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