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Portfolio Guide

The purpose of the portfolio interview is to try and assess each student’s potential and ability to benefit from the course. This will take the form of a discussion around the applicant’s range of interests and focus on their portfolio of work. The interview is a two-way process: the interviewer wants to see what skills and interests the applicant has, so it is important to spend some time preparing your portfolio.

It should include a selection of highlights from your work and illustrate a range of different skills. The process is just as important as the final image, so demonstrate the progress and method behind them e.g. sketches or development drawings/models.

A Level 0 portfolio should demonstrate the following things;



Visual diaries

Tech skills

Range of work

Selection of most successful pieces

It is hoped that all applicants will include in their portfolios a good selection of work that reveals their individual interests and skills. Essays, photographs, video, photos of 3D objects or self-generated projects can all be included. Offers of admission are based on evidence of motivation as well as intellectual and practical creative ability.
Click here to see examples of a Level 0 portfolio >>


A Level 1 portfolio should demonstrate the following things;

Working with concepts and ideas

Range of materiality/process/techniques

Exploration of concepts

Students applying for First Year are not necessarily expected to submit an ‘architectural’ portfolio. We like to see evidence of current interests and activities in the form of freehand sketches, drawings, collages, photographs, films etc. Click here to see examples of Level 1 portfolio ideas.

A level 2 & 3 portfolio should include;

Clear ideas and development

Architectural approach

Conceptual thinking

Design abilities

Students with previous architectural or design experience may apply for entry into level 2&3. They will be expected to submit a portfolio of their work to date; but also unfinished work, drawings, sketches, photographs and independent interests. Evidence of full-time architectural study is essential. Students entering the Third Year must be registered for 120 credits and must attend a full time study to be eligible for RIBA/ARB part 1. It is worthwhile including examples of work carried out in an architectural practice as the interviewer may wish to look at them. Transcripts must be provided with portfolio or at Interview.


Overseas Students

Portfolios sent by post will only be returned if requested, and a £50 postage fee is paid in advance, or the portfolio can picked up in person from the admissions office.

There is no single way of preparing a portfolio. Many applicants will have artwork from school, but we would prefer to see more developed work. Own ideas and concepts developed which show individuality. Portfolios should include some recent work; models or sculptures can be photographed. It is important that any drawings should be from life, or drawn on site and not from images.

Electronic Portfolio Submissions

If you are an overseas student you may be asked to submit an electronic portfolio of work. Below are some guidelines to follow when putting this together;

  • Your name, ID number from London Metropolitan University and UCAS number (where applicable) should be entered into the subject box.
  • When submitting an electronic portfolio, make sure that the images of yourwork are combined in a single document and are not e-mailed as multiple files.
  • Portfolio should be in the PowerPoint or in PDF format. Flickr, Picasa,Tumblr and BING are also an effective way of uploading work – send a link directly to your pages and please be aware that Facebook is not an accepted format.
  • If you are submitting a PowerPoint File, it should be no larger than 10MB - which means that the resolution of your images may be quite low (from 72dpi to 150dpi at 150mm x 150mm).
  • The text explaining your images, this must be clearly attached to your image.
  • It is not necessary to e-mail hundreds of images of your work. A maximum of 25 images that clearly show your design is sufficient 

Poniżej znajdziesz opis wymagań przygotowany przez wykładowcę Buckinghamshire New University panią Rowenę Robertson.

Please note the following information is not aimed at one particular course but is for guidance only.

Your Portfolio

Your portfolio is a folder containing representative samples of your art and design work, which you
will have to show at your interview. The requirement to produce a portfolio is the linking factor
between all courses in art and design. Its quality may be an important factor in the offer of a place
on a course. It doesn’t matter how many exams you have passed, how much background reading
you have done, or how many exhibitions you have attended, tutors need to see your work.
Accordingly, a good portfolio can make up for less than brilliant academic qualifications.

General rules to observe

• Don’t ‘over select’ pick your best 20 or 30 pieces for inclusion. This may seem obvious,
but people aren’t always the best judges of their own work. Follow your instincts but seek
advice from your lecturers/teachers. Where practical don’t use plastic sleeves.

• Most colleges will send you advice on the contents of a portfolio – make sure you read it!

• Be sure that you discuss each piece of work: why you chose that topic; what you were
trying to achieve; how you set about it.

• Include sketchpads and notebooks. Tutors want to see rough drawings. They want to see
each stage of the work as you developed your ideas.

• Tutors do not expect these to be neat and tidy and contain finished work – they want to
see how your mind works and whether you have interesting and personal ideas – an
exciting workbook can tip the balance when making a decision about a student’s portfolio.

• Do try to present the work in related groups, rather than in chronological order – this will
show how your idea developed.

• Try to bring a range of work and include examples (or photographs) of 3D work if you have
any. If you bring videos/CD Roms, these can only be viewed if you notify us beforehand.

• It can be useful if you include with your portfolio any written work e.g. subject
relevant essays.

Interview techniques

Interviews are generally nerve-racking things, although some people actually enjoy them! The
course leaders and course team are used to nervous people and will make allowances. They want
to know more about you and try and find out whether you are suited to a career as a professional
artist or a designer or their particular course.

Art and Design tutors and students spend much more time working closely together than those on
most other higher education courses. It is important for staff to identify students who will fit in and
jell together as a group.

You should be ready to answer questions about your present work and what you like or dislike
about it.

It is a good idea to use your answers as an opportunity to give insights into your aspirations and
motives. If you are asked why you applied for a particular course, it gives you the chance to
explain why this aspect of art and design is for you.

Mrs Rowena Robertson 
Tel : 0044 1494 603054 
email: rrober01@bucks.ac.uk

Buckinghamshire New University 
Faculty of Creativity & Culture
Admissions Office (Room E.7)
Queen Alexandra Road,
High Wycombe, HP11 2JZ 

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