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Architecture Portfolios

Once you have applied for one of our undergraduate Architecture* courses and have been shortlisted, you will be asked to provide a digital portfolio. Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us who you are, your creative ability and your potential. Once submitted and assessed by an academic, your offer will be updated accordingly and the outcome communicated to you by Admissions.

Hints and Tips in what we expect of your Portfolio 

  • Your portfolio should be well organised and presented. The portfolio should aim to demonstrate your strongest work, indicating your abilities rather than quantity of work. 
  • Include freehand sketches of buildings and street scenes in your local area. 
  • Include photographic studies of buildings and street scenes in your local area (these must be different to the free hand sketches. These should be accompanied by handwritten text explaining why each scene was chosen. 
  • Include any additional graphical studies (drawings, paintings, posters etc.) undertaken by you in your previous work or study. 
  • In addition, you should provide a handwritten critique of a building of architectural merit within your local area. This critique should contain within the text two sketches of the building in context and a further sketch showing a prominent architectural feature of the building. 
  • You can put your portfolio together as a PowerPoint file or a pdf document so this can be sent in advance and can be shared on the screen of the portfolio interview.
  • You should not be deterred by any lack of experience in the undertaking of the various tasks of the portfolio. The team recognise that not all applicants may have an art background. However, we would acknowledge the enthusiasm and effort applied in the creation of your portfolio. These skills will be developed in your studies if you are successful in your application. 

All portfolios must be submitted to FSEapplicant@wlv.ac.uk, no later than 3 working days before the review date. You can send it via suggested file-sharing platforms such as WeTransfer, Google Drive, DropboxYouTube etc. You will then be expected to share the portfolio during the interview. 

What should you expect from a portfolio review? 

  • The portfolio review isn’t a process to be anxious about and is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and gain some insight and feedback on your work from us. 
  • You’ll be sent a link to your review meeting on Microsoft Teams via email in advance. In this email, there should be a 'Join meeting' link. Just before your review time, press 'Join meeting'. 
  • The portfolio review will last around 20-30 minutes and will be with a member of academic teaching staff from the relevant department. 
  • Good luck! 

*Architecture courses include BSc (Hons) Architecture and BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology.

If you require further advice, contact the Conversion Team via FSEapplicant@wlv.ac.uk, or the University's Gateway department.