Your portfolio should be a well-presented collection of work that contains something that shows you’re unique, creative and imaginative.
You can include sketchbooks, ideas sheets and any samples to show how your ideas have developed into your final pieces. Examples of writing are useful to show your research skills and ability to communicate.
If you have any large three-dimensional objects, you can use photographs to display these in your portfolio.
Looking at your portfolio, we hope to discover:
- something that shows a real interest in the course
- your drawing ability
- practical skills
- research skills (through writing and other activities)
- visual communication skills
- your ability to develop ideas.
You don't need to bring all of your work, just a good representative collection that will show us your potential. Remember – you have to carry it here, and you’ll only have 20-30 minutes to talk through it – so be selective.
Interview tipsPrepare yourself. Find out as much about the course, University and city as you possibly can. The more you know before your interview, the more confident you'll come across. Think through some of the questions you're likely to be asked and work out possible responses. Ask your tutors and peers to run through a pretend interview with you and give you honest feedback.
Arrive early and make sure that you know where you’re going; there's nothing worse than arriving late, stressed and flustered.