YOUR PORTFOLIO TELLS US ABOUT YOU...
What is it?
A portfolio is a record of your creative potential. Be selective and include
only the things that will make an impression:
- Think creatively (this
should be shown with examples of the ideas and interests underlying your work).
- Use relevant graphic and
written communication techniques and skills (this should be demonstrated in the
techniques you use in your work).
- Think critically (this
should be shown in the work you select and how you have put it together as a
For general guidance, we have prepared some notes and suggestions for you.
Demonstrate your abilities above by including as wide a range of work as
possible. This might include (note – you are not required to show all of the
- drawings; for example, freehand
sketches, life drawing, orthographic drawings (plans, sections and
elevations, such as typically used in architectural drawings), and /or 3D
architectural drawings (perspectives or axonometrics)
- collages / montages
- graphic design
- photographs of models / 3D
- pages from sketchbooks
- poster designs
- sketch studies of designs
- photography; this may
include both art-based work and photographs taken whilst visiting buildings or
- precedent studies (i.e. studies using annotated sketches, diagrams or photographs to analyse buildings or artefacts, such as artwork).
- creative writing; for example,
poetry and stories
- research studies.
It’s very important that the portfolio contains work illustrating your
creativity and not just your technical ability.
In your graphic work show evidence of your ability to use a wide range of
materials and media, this might include: acrylics, charcoal, collage, ink, oil,
pencil, and photography.
You should include a minimum of ten pieces of work (ten images as digital
files), up to a maximum of 15 pieces of work (15 images as digital files).
There should be a balance of both graphic and written work, although we
would expect to see a minimum of at least five pieces of graphic work. These can
be anything you wish to include from the above list.