Art and Design Portfolio Reviews

Once you have applied for one of our art and design* courses and have been shortlisted, you will be asked to provide a portfolio and invited to attend a portfolio review meeting which will include a two-hour activity. Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us who you are, your creative ability, and your potential. 

Undergraduate Portfolio Reviews will be On-Campus for those wishing to start in 2024.

Postgraduates will be asked to provide a digital portfolio and may be invited to a portfolio review for those wishing to start in September 2023.

Hints and Tips on 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 creative and technical abilities rather than the 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, and 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 either physically, as a PowerPoint file or a pdf document.

Top Tips 

  • Do you know enough about the course you have applied for? Research information about the course and visit our open days or postgraduate open evenings to come and speak to our staff and students
  • Ensure you have read all the guidance that has been sent to you, have you been requested to bring any additional information with you? (ID etc.)
  • You will not be asked to present certificates at your interview. Admissions will ask you for these after the interview if you are offered a place

On-Campus Portfolio Reviews (Undergraduate only)

  • Don't forget to check which campus your interview will be based on. This information can be found in your interview e-mail confirmation and on e:Vision.
  • Plan your journey- our campuses are well-serviced by public transport. If arriving by car, you may find that some of our campuses will require you to pay for parking. You can find further info on how to find us, here.
  • Check out our campus locations and maps to ensure you go to the right building for your interview.
  • Undergraduate portfolio reviews will take place in George Wallis (MK) Building at our Wolverhampton City Campus. Upon arrival please take a seat in the foyer.

Online Portfolio Reviews (Postgraduate only)

Postgraduates will be asked to provide a digital portfolio and may be invited to a portfolio review. Portfolios must be submitted to in advance of the review date for undergraduate courses and you can send it via suggested file-sharing platforms such as WeTransfer, Dropbox etc. Postgraduates are advised to send digital portfolios using the same method.

* Undergraduate Art and Design courses include Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography (including all Sandwich Year and Foundation Year routes).

* Postgraduate Art and Design courses include MA Digital and Visual Communication.