We Do College Counseling Differently
Portfolio College Counseling is an established, personalized educational consulting service for U.S. and international students who are focused on standing out from the crowd, by advancing their education in creative fields.
We nurture and strengthen our students’ academic and artistic development by offering practical information, creative mentorship, and innovative counseling that enables them to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to launch themselves successfully in college and beyond.
Since 2008, our offerings have expanded. In addition, we now offer academic counseling for undergraduate, graduate, and transfer art and design school admissions; as well as counseling for gap year, career change and summer programs.
Our approach to creative and educational counseling encourages students to clarify and commit to their goals and participate fully in the decision-making process. We emphasize students search for right fit choices, rather than depending on ranking and brand names to inform the university search. In collaboration with our network of visual art and design professionals, Portfolio College Counseling demystifies the process of preparing for art and design programs that require portfolios and specialized supplements.
Holding a certificate in College Counseling with Distinction from UCLA, an MA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a BS in Visual Arts from Purchase College our leader is a demonstrated expert in her field. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including IECA, HECA, and NACAC.
Lorraine founded Chiaro Design in 1983, as a multidisciplinary creative services firm specializing in packaging, type and print design. She taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and continues to lecture, publishes articles and presents workshops for college-bound creative students and their parents. Lorraine also judges student portfolios for organizations including the National Scholastic Art Awards and is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation Grant. PCC has offices in Guilford, CT and Port Townsend, WA.
Finding the right college counselor is the key step in a successful college planning process. To help decide whether our services are the best path forward for students, we offer a 30-minute, complimentary phone meeting to introduce ourselves, get to know you and explain our process. Afterward, we’ll prepare a written proposal to outline our plan for working with you, that includes a suggested timeline and associated fees. Each plan for counseling is customized, based on the student’s abilities, skills and educational objectives.