BA (Hons) coursesIllustration

Interviews and portfolios

What do you want to see in my portfolio?

Through the presentation of your portfolio you should be able to demonstrate that, besides possessing good drawing, design and graphic skills, you are highly motivated and committed to a career as an illustrator. We look for people with creativity and originality evidenced by a variety of project work.

Include a selection of current projects produced whilst on your current course and any self initiated work, which you have prepared and want to show. Bring examples of drawing, developmental work and finished outcomes. We are particularly interested to see sketchbooks and how research informs and feeds your practice.

Try to think about drawing in the broadest possible way. Illustrators utilise a wide range of approaches, media and processes to realise their visual thinking. It is good to show your ability to be experimental.

A-level candidates are very often recommended to possess a Foundation Diploma in addition to their A-level grades. This is because this course requires a high degree of skill, technical knowledge and conceptual understanding that cannot always be demonstrated through A-level study.

What we look for

We look for candidates who are intellectually curious. You will need to be open and questioning on a whole range of topics, be they social, global, or environmental; all issues which are potentially the raw materials and subject areas for illustration projects. Besides good drawing skills, we look for visually literate people who can talk confidently about what they like doing, the books they read and the films they watch. Illustrators are people who are interested in life in general and we look for people from different backgrounds and those with enquiring minds.

How are interviews carried out?

We interview applicants in groups of approximately 6 students- we do this because there is a substantial amount of group work on the course. The interviews are quite informal and we think that through seeing the work of other applicants the interview process is much more transparent and can be a positive learning experience. We recognize the importance of being able to verbally and visually articulate practice.

Portfolio Guidelines

Download BA (Hons) Illustration Portfolio Guidelines

Further information

For additional information about How to apply and entrance requirements please go to our Apply section.