Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration & Photography 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 for our three-year degrees, 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. 

Courses: *Undergraduate Art and Design courses include BA (Hons) Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography.

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

Interview method: Undergraduate 3-year degree Portfolio Reviews will be On-Campus for those wishing to start in 2024.

Postgraduate Portfolio Reviews are conducted digitally and will need to be sent to

On Campus (for Undergraduates): George Wallis (MK) Building, Wolverhampton City Campus, WV1 1NT.  Directions can be found here.

Portfolio review preparation - Important Information

Pre-interview tasks required:

  • Creative Portfolio - see details below.
  • Have a form of identification (e.g. passport, driving licence etc.) ready to present on arrival.
  • 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

Hints and Tips on what we expect of your Portfolio (Undergraduates only)

  • 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.

Digital Portfolio Reviews (Foundation Year Degrees for those with Lower Tariff Points and Postgraduates only)

If you have applied for a Foundation Year route, and have a lower UCAS tariff, Admissions will first invite you to attend the Prepare for Foundation Year assessment day If you pass this day you will be asked to provide a digital portfolio.

If you have applied for a Postgraduate Masters program, you will be asked to provide a digital portfolio and may be invited to a portfolio review.

Digital Portfolios must be submitted to  and you can send it via suggested file-sharing platforms such as WeTransfer, Dropbox etc.

  • At the start of the portfolio review, you must show a form of picture ID as proof of who the interviewer is talking to. Acceptable documents include a passport, driving license, college ID badge, etc. (please note we do not accept copies).
  • The portfolio review will last up to three or four hours in total.
  • The session will include a Welcome Talk (1-2pm) followed by a 1-1 Portfolio Review, and while you wait there will be an opportunity to explore the School of Art by viewing student work and talking to staff and students about life at Wolverhampton (2-5pm).

After attending your portfolio review, you will be notified on whether or not you’ve passed within 3-5 working days. If you are successful, your offer will be confirmed within 14 working days.

If you’re unsuccessful, you will be made an alternative offer on another course that we think you are suitable for. Find out more.

If you’re unable to attend your portfolio review, you can amend your date/time via e:Vision up to 72 hours before your portfolio review. If you’re unable to attend less than 72 hours before, please contact us by email or phone as soon as possible. Find out how to amend your appointment here.

Please note if you fail to notify us that you’re unable to attend, your application will be rejected.

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