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Portfolio Guides

A portfolio is a great way of expressing your personality, demonstrating your creativity, showing your interests, sharing your inspirations, capturing your conceptual thinking, critiquing the work of yourself and others, and providing evidence of your commitment to the subject that you have applied for.

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Portfolio Advice

What we want to see

A collection of art and design project work, organised and presented in a creative and considered way that displays your current ability and also, importantly, your potential.

Order your work

Try to order your portfolio logically and group your work into projects. You may want to think about starting with your most recent or best work and then move through other projects and finish with another favoured project. The format? This is entirely up to you, whether that is A3 all the way through to A1.

Sell Yourself

Highlight your best work, show off your creativity and demonstrate a range of practical skills that can be applied to Interior Design.

What Should You Include?

Art and Design project work, 3D designs and Drawing – lots of it! As well as finished and polished projects we like to see the work you might not think we want to see – scribbles, sketches and sketchbooks. We’re keen to see raw drawing and sketching, the progression of your work from brief through to the final presentation stage and how you make connections – how you think and how you process your thoughts through your design work. If you have worked on interior or spatial design projects – great! We’d like to see what you’ve done! However, we are not expecting to see interior design work from all candidates, but it would be useful to see work that demonstrates that you are able to work in 3D. We place a lot of emphasis on drawing throughout the design process. We will be looking for candidates who either draw well or who show a commitment to developing their drawing skills. Include plenty of drawing in your portfolio – sketches, freehand and technical and any sketchbooks you may be engaged in outside of school or college work.

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