Creative Arts

Art and Design Foundation Studies

Portfolio assessments

All foundation applicants who meet our entry requirements will be invited to a portfolio assessment where a member of our staff will assess your work. During this time you will be invited to tour our facilities and meet our academic staff and technical tutors.

You will need to bring along your GCSE and AS certificates for verification.

Please note that for 2021/22 entry you may be required to provide a digital portfolio and attend a virtual interview. Further information will be sent to you following the submission of your application.

Portfolio guidance

These portfolio hints and tips are general guidance for applicants. We understand and respect that prospective student portfolios will be different from each other – we see this as a positive strength and a reflection of an individual’s interests. We look for portfolios that demonstrate an awareness and understanding of contemporary art and design, combined with an individual approach to your chosen subject.

Important note

Please DO NOT bring large physical samples of work, such as 3D models and canvasses. Good quality photographic imagery showing a clear indication of scale and materials used will be sufficient.

What should I bring to the portfolio assessment?

  • a portfolio of Art and/or Design work.
  • all examination certificates.
  • sketchbooks.
  • drawing piece (all applicants will be set a drawing task).

What should I include in my portfolio?

  • A range of work: You may already be studying for an A-level that identifies strength towards a specialist area (for example, Textiles) but we would like to see broader enquiries in the Art and Design fields.
  • Drawing skills: Objective, sketch, thumbnails, expressive, technical
  • Use of materials/technical ability: Engagement in a range of materials and a demonstration of sensitivity in the production of work using technical processes.
  • Development: This is often in the form of sketchbooks and should indicate the way you work and how you think around research, processes and ideas.
  • Awareness of artists and designers: Evidence of research, stripping back the artist’s work, analysis and personal response.