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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, 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.
If you've applied to study an online postgraduate degree, please refer to the AUB Online portfolio guidelines.
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 – portfolio guidelines
Undergraduate degrees – portfolio guidelines
Postgraduate degrees – portfolio guidelines
For undergraduate courses, we don't expect you to submit a digital portfolio at the same time as your UCAS application.
If we require a link to your online portfolio we'll contact you by email and through the AUB applicant portal to request the URL. So you only need to provide us with your portfolio when we request it.
To understand what our course teams expect to see please see our portfolio guidelines.
We normally ask that your portfolio is provided within four weeks of us requesting it.
If you're unable to provide us with your portfolio within four weeks, please just let us know so we can make a note on your application and extend your deadline.
It's worth knowing that the sooner we receive your portfolio the sooner the course team can make a decision on your application.
For undergraduate courses, we need to make a decision on your application before a deadline set by UCAS and this will determine the latest date that we will be able to accept a portfolio – we may have to reduce the deadlines from April onwards.
We’ll ask you to submit a single link to your online portfolio. This can be a link to a public portfolio on a website like wix.com, Instagram, Behance or similar or it can be a private link to a copy of your portfolio hosted on an online file sharing site like Google Drive.
For showreels and auditions we also ask for a single link to a video or playlist hosted on YouTube or Vimeo or similar (either public or unlisted).
There are a number of platforms well suited to submitting your portfolio. We recommend you take into consideration what type of file you are generally using and how you wish it to be viewed.
- For static images (for drawings, photography, scans, etc.) we advise applicants to use Flickr where possible, however we're happy to accept portfolios through any online sharing platform of your choice; whichever host site you find easiest to use.
- You may wish to consider using Vimeo or YouTube (for moving images and show reels), Google Drive or a blogging site like Word Press, or Tumblr (for static images or a mix of files types).
- Some students choose to create a personal website (wix.com is popular) containing their work and perhaps explanations of the work submitted.
The most important thing you can do is ensure you adhere as closely to the AUB portfolio guidelines as you can.
Regardless of which platform you choose, please just ensure your portfolio is available to view publicly and isn't password protected or require a login to access it.
You can produce your portfolio using YouTube, Vimeo, Behance, Wix, Flickr, Drop Box, Google Drive or another suitable platform for your work.
We need you to collate everything in one place and have available a single link that you can share with us. It's also very important that there is no password or login required to access the link.
You need to submit your portfolio link via the AUB applicant portal. This will ensure your portfolio is properly recorded on your application. You can do this following the instructions below:
- Log in to the AUB applicant portal (click the “Problems logging in?” link if you can't log in).
- You'll see you have two messages; one message giving you details about the portfolio you're requested to submit, and another message where you can submit the portfolio link.
- Select the “Applicant Portfolio Request” message on the right-hand side – this is where you'll be prompted to provide your portfolio URL.
- Paste the URL in the box provided and select "no" on the drop-down menu and click “Save”.
Once this is done the link will be automatically added to your application, and we'll receive a notification to send your full application to the course team for further review.
Once you submit your link the admissions team will test the link to make sure it’s working and available without logging in.
If that’s fine then we’ll pass your application and portfolio on to the course team to review. If there are any problems then we’ll get in touch by email and through the applicant portal to explain the issue and reopen the option to submit a new link on the applicant portal.