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MACA 2850 - Portfolio Development

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: Approval of Faculty

MACA 2850 will take the students through the stages of building a portfolio (print, web or demo reel). Students will be evaluating their own work, branding themselves, and deciding on the efficiencies and effectiveness of displaying their work in different media. Students will take their own skillsets and learn how to refine and showcase them.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a portfolio.


  1. Discover where to find examples of specialty specific portfolios.
  2. Investigate how a portfolio is created.
  3. Dissect their body of work and acknowledge which pieces will help or hinder the job search and what is missing.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to select items for their portfolio that are consistent with their career goals.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to determine the appropriate medium for different portfolio types.


  1. Explore different mediums available.
  2. Differentiate between the mediums and explain which types of mediums are more suited towards showcasing different skillsets.
  3. Define the type of medium they will use to create their portfolio.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to choose pieces which best showcase their abilities, talents, and desires.


  1. Identify pieces suitable for their portfolio.
  2. Rank items found for their portfolio into categories of usefulness.
  3. Manipulate and prepare items for their portfolio.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will generate a working portfolio.


  1. Students will use their tools, skills, and resources to begin putting together their portfolio.
  2. Students will use feedback from instructor and peers while working on their portfolio and revise as needed.
  3. Students will finalize their portfolio.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize methods for promoting their portfolio.


  1. Students will research different avenues for displaying a portfolio in their field.
  2. Students will make contacts with professionals in their field.
  3. Students will research companies to send their portfolio.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to utilize resources for ensuring their work and portfolio remain relevant and up-to-date.


  1. Students will locate resources for maintaining relevant work in their field for use in the portfolio.
  2. Students will build redundant and editable workflows for maintaining their portfolio.
  3. Students will present their research, portfolio, and update plan to their class.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Section 1: What makes a good portfolio? Students will look at and discuss a wide range of ways to showcase their work. Analyzing what works and what doesn’t.

Section 2: Finding a medium. Students will research and analyze the different methods of portfolio creation and display and break down the different types in order to ensure they choose the best one for their specific area.

Section 3: Getting material. Students will investigate the kinds of work appropriate to their chosen medium. They will filter through their own works to find pieces which fit their criteria and build or modify pieces to meet those needs.

Section 4: Building the portfolio. Students will spend a major part of the class developing a portfolio specific to the field they are entering.

Section 5: Getting it seen. Students will explore different avenues for displaying their portfolio and making it accessible to potential employers.

Section 6: Keeping it updated. Students will explore and understand different sources for maintaining an updated portfolio. They will understand when to create new pieces and how to incorporate them into their existing portfolio.

Primary Faculty
Sarcona, Shaun
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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