Yeonjae Lee (Transfer, 2021) - SVA


School of Visual Arts (SVA) - Graphic Design, Merit Based Scholarship $60,000
Pratt Institute - Graphic Design, Scholarship $72,000
Parsons School of Design | New School - Graphic Design, Merit Scholarhsip $32,000
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) - Graphic Design

1. How do you feel about your college acceptance?

I went into this process as a transfer student not knowing what to expect. Now that everything is being finalized, I couldn’t be more relieved.

2. What was the most difficult aspect of your portfolio preparation?

I think out of the many challenges I went through during this process, time was definitely not on my side.

3. When did you start the portfolio class, and how did you prepare your portfolio?

I started the portfolio class in November of 2020. Since I came to the class on such short notice, I was extremely nervous about the timing. I did not have many pieces that would qualify for my portfolio and I only had 3 months to complete at least 20 more. However, KJ and I planned a strategic schedule on how many pieces I need to finish quickly and efficiently. I came to the studio Monday through Saturday to work on my pieces.

4. What is your favorite artwork that you made?

My favorite piece would be my digital works of the makeup brand that I created. It was one of those moments as an artist, I was completely drawn in by each detail I had to think about while creating the products. I created a total of 8 products such as lip gloss, an eyeshadow palette, brushes, a mirror, perfume, a contouring kit, a makeup bag, and shopping bags. Granted, I was definitely under a lot of stress but I am extremely proud and happy with the outcome of the work.

5. When choosing a college how did you decide on where to apply?

I haven’t decided on a specific school yet. As a transfer student who already completed my first year, I did look into different locations. I was surprised at how important location is to me. I realized I wanted to be closer to home, but not too close. For that reason, I applied to schools in NYC which is 4 hours away from Chantilly, VA.

6. Do you have any advice for the new portfolio students?

My advice for the upcoming portfolio students is to not be afraid of going through this process. Just remember that you are in good hands and you will be taught by some of the most talented people in the world. Even though you might have bad days, (which is normal) try to push yourself because, in the end, it will all be worth it!

7. Tell us your thoughts about the NYSA!

I chose to join NYSA because of the amazing teachers that are working in this institution. KJ, Ms. Suzy, Ms. Tori, and Mr. Art are the teachers that have been a tremendous help during my portfolio process this year, and I cannot thank them enough. Also, NYSA offers one of the most creative and safest places for all ages to explore their journey with art. I cannot wait to see how these students flourish creatively.