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VAS - Visual Art Studio provides art college admission consulting and mentoring for students who plan to work in the art+design field in the future. Conceived in1993, VAS has specialized in Art Portfolio Prep providing fundamental studies for learning and practices in visual art for students who plan to apply for college in art+design majors.​ 

The founder of VAS, Helena Min has taught for over 17 years in the art department at colleges including Cerritos College in Norwalk, Mount St. Mary's University in Brentwood, and OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.


Since 2020, VAS offers college admission consulting and planning as well as private mentoring to upto 2 students per year. A small group class is no longer available.


What is portfolio?

It is a group of art works that

most of art colleges

require at the time of admission.

Your portfolio demonstrates

your artistic knowledge, creativity, and skill.  

College portfolio committee will review

your readiness for their college level  from your portfolio.

Your portfolio must demonstrate originality of concept and aesthetic strength, and proficiency in techniques and materials 

  Portfolio Prep Course for art major students  

Available to students in the 9th grade or older. All foundation art classes including Drawing, Painting, 2D design/Basic Design, their major-related projects, and independent Projects required by art college admission. It guides the way to learn and attain knowledge through observing, perceiving, analytical thinking, and self-motivated search for questions/problems and creative responses beyond working on the given questions/problems. 

  Portfolio Prep Course for non-art major students  

Available to students in the 9th grade or older. EXTRACURRICULAR activity for college admission. This course is not for students who seek art as a hobby activity.

  Digital Art Portfolio Production  

Photographing and editing of art portfolios are available. The average time for production takes one week. All colleges review and evaluate your artwork by these digital files only. The professional presentation of your work is a crucial element for successful college admission and scholarships.

  College planning+consulting  

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