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Portfolio Guidelines

For the majority of our courses, we'll ask you to digitally submit a portfolio as part of the application process.

Portfolios should show examples of your work – both finished and work in progress – that demonstrate your interests and skills. We expect to see around 20 slides/images in your portfolio that shows your identity as an artist

If we ask for a digital portfolio then we'll give you 30 days to submit it. Sometimes we'll need a portfolio submitted quickly if there's a UCAS set deadline approaching, but if you need more time then just let us know and we'll try to help.

We've created specific portfolio guidelines for each of our courses, you can take a look at these below.

Interviews and auditions

There are only a few courses where you'll be asked to attend an interview or audition; if you're invited to one you'll have at least 10 days notice.

The courses currently offering interviews are BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance and BA (Hons) Textiles. BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Dance will be offering auditions.

Foundation Diploma

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Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media – portfolio guidelines

It’s important that you include a range of work in your digital portfolio that demonstrates your interests, ideas and motivations...

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International Foundation Diploma – portfolio guidelines

It’s important that you include a range of work in your digital portfolio that demonstrates your interests, ideas and motivations...

Postgraduate degrees

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MA Animation Production – portfolio guidelines

The MA Animation Production course is all about you developing your skills in the field of Animation and interrogating what you do...

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MA Film Practice – portfolio guidelines

All applicants are requested to submit a personal statement and digital portfolio. These are an opportunity to position yourself...

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MA Fine Art – portfolio guidelines

As an applicant of the MA Fine Art Course, you’ll be assessed on your existing qualities as demonstrated in your portfolio...

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MA Graphic Design – portfolio guidelines

The MA Graphic Design course accepts students from a range of different backgrounds so there isn't one type of portfolio or application...

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MA Illustration – portfolio guidelines

We require a digital portfolio of approximately 20 images including developmental and resolved outcomes...

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MA Painting – portfolio guidelines

As an applicant of the MA Painting course you’ll be assessed on your potential, motivation and creative skills as demonstrated in your...

MA Photography – portfolio guidelines

On application, we require a portfolio that demonstrates your skills and creativity. These two elements are used to assess your current...

Here's our top tips on how to prepare your portfolio:

Send us your digital portfolio

We’ll send you instructions on how to submit your portfolio via MyApplication (you don’t need to send us your portfolio until you hear from us). Please make sure that any links that you send aren’t password protected, or we won't be able to view them.

Flickr and Behance are good to use for digital portfolios as they offer a smooth viewing experience, allow space for background notes and make sending the portfolio as easy as pasting a link into an email.

You can also build your own website to present your work. This demonstrates your web design skills and gives you complete control over presentation and style.

Dropbox and WeTransfer are other useful services for sending large files over the internet, but pay attention to presentation and viewer experience. A Behance portfolio will be more impressive than a folder of standalone image files.

If you’d prefer to attach your portfolio to an email, be sure to keep the file size under 9MB, or the email won’t come through.

YouTube and Vimeo are great for Animation or Film portfolios but you should avoid these platforms for stills-based work because they don’t allow the viewer to control the amount of time that they spend looking at each piece of work.

Remember: If you’re not going to be attending an interview in person, you won’t be able to explain the ideas behind your work. It’s therefore important that you provide background notes on each piece of work about your processes and conceptual thinking.

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Short courses

If you’ve found a short course that you’d like to study, you can find out how to apply here.