Art and Design Portfolios and 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. Your portfolio is an opportunity to show us who you are, your creative ability, and your potential. 

Our Portfolio Reviews will be held either online or on-campus during the 2021/22 academic year. For undergraduates when booking your review meeting you will see whether it will be held online or on campus. Postgraduates will be asked to provide a digital portfolio and may be invited to a portfolio review. 

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 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, 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. 

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.

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 at. This information can be found in your portfolio review e-mail confirmation and on e:Vision.
  • Check out our campus locations and campus maps to make sure you go to the right building for your portfolio review.
  • 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.
  • If you have chosen not to submit your portfolio digitally before coming to campus, ensure that you bring your portfolio with you physically or on a memory stick, hard drive, etc.).
  • To keep the University a safe place during the Coronavirus pandemic we ask everyone to follow our Safety on Campus guidance.

Online Portfolio Reviews

*Please note in the event of a national lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all portfolio reviews will be held online.

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

* Postgraduate Art and Design courses include: Design and Applied Arts (including Ceramics, Glass, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles routes), Digital and Visual Communication (including Graphic Communication, Illustration, Design for Advertising, and Photography routes), Fine Art and Research in Art and Design.