I'm wanting to get a job in Chicago but definitely don't feel like my book is good enough to get me one. I just got my first job working inhouse at a place that's not helping my book... so I guess my question is: is portfolio school worth it?

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if you haven’t heard of Chicago Portfolio School, you should look into it. tbh it’s not the best program compared to Brandcenter, Circus, etc. BUT it works, is cheaper, and faster.


yea i’m actually entering my last quarter there this fall and i’ve worked full time my whole time so far. i really don’t recommend it as the best work obviously gets the most time put in it, but it’s definitely do-able if you wanna put social life and free time on the back-burner. i already work at a small agency so they’re pretty flexible and help make school feasible with my work schedule so i’m a bit lucky

Or if you’ve got the time, find an AD that wants to make spec work and build a better portfolio on your own!



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