Preparation for HEDiploma in Art and Design - Foundation Studies

Portfolio and Interview Guidelines

If you meet the standard entry requirements you will be invited to attend an interview.

We suggest that you find out as much as possible about the course and requirements for entry by attending one of our Open Days. These are scheduled throughout the year (see details on the Open Days section of this website).

Your interview will last around 20 minutes and will be your opportunity to present your portfolio and to discuss your ideas, interests and aspirations with a course tutor. We will talk about your influences in arts, design media and performance, your portfolio and other cultural interests such as cinema, theatre or literature. Discussion will largely revolve around your portfolio of creative work. It is important that you bring a broad range of work so that we can assess your potential. We would advise that you seek guidance about the content of your portfolio from your art, design and media teacher(s).

If you require any special requirements, eg. slide projector, video player or computer monitor (Mac or pc), please notify us in advance.

We will need to see:

  • Drawing: a range of work including drawing from direct observation; drawing as problem solving; and drawing to develop and present ideas.
  • Idea/Design Development: showing how you develop your ideas and designs. We would like to see sketchbooks and worksheets which show your development, experimentation with media and work in progress.
  • Formal Elements: work which demonstrates your understanding of the key principles of line, tone, perspective, colour, composition, form and space.
  • Self-initiated Work: we would like to see examples of creative work which you have done outside of formal study.
  • Contextual Understanding: work which demonstrates your interests and understanding of arts, design and media practice such as illustrated essays, artist or design research and evidence of exhibitions you may have visited.
  • A Range of Media Use: Your portfolio might include examples of Painting, Graphics, Illustration, Mixed Media, Photography, Film, Storyboards, Animation, Video, Textiles, Fashion, Crafts, Modelmaking, Ceramics, Jewelry, Furniture, Product Design and Sculpture.

After this, an increasing level of independence and self-discovery is encouraged as you pursue your pathway choice. The final stage involves a self-initiated project before final assessment.