Plan your portfolio

Sample images from a fashion portfolio

Your portfolio should contain a well-presented selection of your work.

Do take advice on this from your tutors but please remember that we want to see a range of work that reflects your overall experience of art and design practice, but also include work that supports your chosen area of specialism.

Remember, you don't have to submit a paper portfolio, we also accept Digital Portfolios. To ensure we can view your work at it's best, please bring a suitable device; laptop, tablet etc.

Content

Your portfolio should be unique to you and represent both your experience and interests in your chosen field. Broadly, we are looking to see strong ideas and concepts that have been executed to a high standard. However, your portfolio should not only be about the final piece. 

Your development work, or 'creative journey', is equally important and will allow your interviewer to determine your research skills, commitment and aptitude. 

We will also be looking for worksheets, ideas sheets, storyboards, samples as well as finished pieces, sketchbooks and notebooks that document your visual interest and thinking. Depending on your area of study, a good mixture of 2D and 3D work may be appropriate.

If you have large pieces of work to show which are not easily transportable, consider photographing these to avoid travelling with them and risking damage.

Structure

Think carefully about the order of your portfolio. Generally, it is a good idea to start and end with your strongest pieces of work, or those about which you have the most to say. You should aim to deliver a strong first impression, then end on a high! The best portfolios take time to plan and prepare, they cannot be completed the night before the interview! Presentation is also key, it should be graphically pleasing and clearly displayed.

In short we are looking for evidence of:

  • Creativity and drawing
  • Practical skills
  • Research skills
  • An open-minded, enquiring and experimental approach to practical work
  • Your visual communication skills
  • The ability to develop ideas