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Portfolio Guidance

Tips for preparing for your portfolio interview

Preparing for your interview

If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to bring along a portfolio that contains samples of your work. Your portfolio should contain a collection of work, which shows your skills and knowledge across a number of project studies.

It is a visual representation of your interests, explorations, work in progress and final pieces. When preparing for this, you might find the guidelines below useful.


Your portfolio should be clearly laid out and easy to look through. It can be any size that works for the content. The portfolio should aim to demonstrate your strongest work, indicating your creative and technical abilities rather than quantity of work.


For many courses, drawing is a key element to your portfolio. Include examples of different types of drawing, such as, life drawing, still life, illustrations and show different uses of media where possible.


Include examples of different projects you have undertaken and be prepared to talk through the project and the development of your work.

Sketch Books

Sketch books or work books should show what has influenced you: research, preparatory work, analysis of your work, ie, working through an idea and testing various approaches. Remember, work in progress is just as important as finished work.

Digital Work

If you have developed your work with the use of computers, you could include video clips and animations, please bring along a  CD or laptop.

See also: portfolio interview FAQs


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