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Art and Design Portfolios

Once you have applied for one of our undergraduate art and design* 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. Following this you will then be invited for a portfolio review meeting. 

Hints and Tips in what we expect of your Portfolio 

  • Your portfolio should be well organsied and presented. The portfolio should aim to demonstrate your strongest work, indicating your creative and technical abilities rather than quantity of work. 
  • Include photographs of a range of artwork showing the development of skills and/or experimentation with different media. 
  • 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. 
  • Include examples of different projects you have undertaken and be prepared to talk through the project and the development of your work. 
  • Include at least one project that shows how you have developed an idea from start to finish - don't forget to explain the project and how you developed your ideas. 
  • Use good quality, well- lit photographs of your work and try and find a plain background. 
  • You can put your portfolio together as a Powerpoint file or a pdf document with links to any moving image work or other digital work you have saved on another site like Youtube or Vimeo. 

All portfolios must be submitted to, 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. 

What should you expect from a portfolio review? 

  • The review isn’t a process to be anxious about and is an opportunity for you 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 review meeting will last around 20-30 minutes and will be with a member of academic teaching staff from the relevant department. 
  • Good luck! 

If you require further advice, contact the Conversion Team via, or the University's Gateway department. 

*Art and Design courses include: Fashion, Fine Art, Furniture Design, Glass and Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, Textiles and Surface Pattern and Art & Design (including all Sandwich Year and Foundation Year routes).