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Portfolio advice

We assess applicant portfolios as part of our undergraduate application processes. Seeing your portfolio gives us an idea of your skills and helps us understand if you will enjoy studying with us and be able to excel at one of our courses. This section provides guidance on what we like to see.

This section has advice for UK/EU and international applicants.

UK / EU applicants
  • Can be any paper size
  • Must be 10 pages (20sides) or less
  • Submitted electronically before interview
  • Reviewed before interivew and in person at interview
International applicants
  • Can be any paper size
  • Must be 10 pages (20sides) or less
  • Submitted & reviewed electronically
UK / EU applicants
  • PDF
  • Can include 3D forms e.g. products, sculpture etc. as photos 
  • Not exceeding 20MB in size 
  • Submitted via email two weeks before interview
  • Brought to interview (either in electronic format or on paper) 
International applicants
  • PDF
  • Submitted via email 
  • Not exceeding 20MB in size
UK / EU & International applicants

Your portfolio will usually contain examples of your work from school/ college and/or projects you have completed in your spare time.

Required -

  • Must illustrate creativity and flair in design

You are not required to present any particular item or demonstrate any particular skill necessarily. The guide below gives you examples and ideas of things you can put in to demonstrate your ability to meet the above requirement.

Ways you could show this -

  • examples of how you have developed interesting and innovative ideas - e.g. items that you have adapted or completely new ideas or concepts you have invented
  • examples of your decision making process - e.g. showing why you selected one idea over another
  • examples of 3D form e.g. products, people, architecture, design ideas etc.
  • examples of making artefacts e.g. sculpture, products, packaging computer aided manufacture, craft etc.
  • examples of virtual modelling e.g. computer aided design, computer aided drawing etc.
  • examples where you have used technology e.g. mechanics or electronics

Applicants generally have a very large range of projects to show us. We review the portfolio checking your skill level in understanding design, form, your decision making process, communication skills and natural aptitude for core skills such as sketching. 

UK / EU applicants

Once you have applied through UCAS, if you meet our minimum entry requirements, you will be invited to attend a face to face interview with one of our academic colleagues in the School.

 

Between receiving the invitation to attend an interview and the interview itself you will be asked to complete a design task and portfolio that you will submit electronically two weeks before your interview. 

You will be asked to bring your portfolio along with the design task to your interview.

During this 20min interview you will be asked a series of questions and will discuss your portfolio and design task. These questions will seek to help us understand your thought processes, your interpretation of design and assess other necessary skills to succeed at one of our courses.

We use our interview to understand whether or not you will be happy at our School and will thrive in your chosen course. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.

International applicants

Once you have applied through UCAS, if you meet our minimum entry requirements, you will be asked to submit your portfolio electronically. At this time you will also be asked to arrange a skype interview with an academic colleague where you will be asked questions about your interest in design and the skills set that you have, amongst others.

We use the interview to understand whether or not you will be happy at our School and will thrive in your chosen course. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.