Portfolio advice with BA (Hons) Fine Art

Make the most of the opportunity to excel in your portfolio – you could be eligible for an unconditional offer.

We want to acknowledge your potential (as evidenced by your performance), as well as your commitment to us as an applicant. An unconditional offer allows you to focus on your upcoming examinations and begin planning for your university career.

For more information please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

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:

  • creativity
  • enthusiasm
  • 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.

Getting here

Arrive early and make sure that you know where you’re going; there's nothing worse than arriving late, stressed and flustered.

You can submit your portfolio anytime to artsportfolio@plymouth.ac.uk

  • Submit your work as digital images only, taken from either original digitally-based work, scans of flat work, or photographs of three-dimensional work.
  • Your portfolio should be a collection of JPEG images saved as either a single compressed file, if JPEG format, OR as a single compressed file or single combined file, if PDF format.
  • Acceptable digital formats are limited to only JPEG or PDF files; we cannot guarantee that we will be able to view work sent in other formats, so please adhere to the guidelines.
  • Online portfolio submissions can also be considered, but please ensure that the files are public and can be viewed by anyone with a link.