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Preparing a Portfolio

All applicants are required to bring a portfolio with them to interview. They may also be required to submit examples of their written work. Guidance on the contents of portfolios varies from college-to-college. In general students should bring enough work with them to show the range of their skills. Photographs should be made of sculpture and 3D work. Most students bring A1 portfolios which are large enough to take large pieces. It is better to bring the originals of drawings rather than spend unnecessary time photographing and printing images, but obviously works on canvas and other materials are too bulk to transport so these should be shown through photographs. Portfolios should demonstrate the ability to work in a range of media and draw from life. The students will also be expected to demonstrate an understanding of composition and/or design and the ability to work in three dimensions. There is no expectation that students will have carried out any architectural design.

Please note that you do not submit your portfolio at any stage of the application process, but rather, you would be asked to bring it with you if you are invited for interview.

You may also want to consult with your art teacher at school - they will have experience in putting together an art portfolio.

A final tip is that we don’t particularly want architecture in the portfolio. We want Life Drawing (go to life drawing classes), still life and landscapes in a range of media, preferably from life not from photographs. Ideally you want to do some kind of making project - something you have made- posters, magazine layouts, photographs. Use as wide a range of media as you can. We would also recommend that you keep a sketchbook, showing the different stages of your work as you progress.

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