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BA Fine Art

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. 

Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. We may invite applicants for an interview if we have questions about your portfolio or think further discussion may be useful.

For Fine Art, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr and YouTube but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

  1. A range of self-initiated and project work
  2. Images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  3. A recent school or college essay.

We will be looking for students who:

  1. are self-motivated, engaged and resourceful individuals with commitment, ambition and a desire to learn
  2. are interested in, and aware of, contemporary fine arts practice and regularly visit online exhibitions and artist and gallery websites
  3. have an interest in developing a critical perspective on their own work and other artists, involving skills and abilities beyond self-expression
  4. have the potential to produce innovative art reflecting on contemporary themes.
 

Digital portfolio guidance

BA Fine Art with Foundation Year

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. 

Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. We may invite applicants for an interview if we have questions about your portfolio or think further discussion may be useful.

For Fine Art with Foundation Year, we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr and YouTube but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

  1. A range of self-initiated and project work
  2. Images from notebooks/sketch books/research material
  3. A recent school or college essay.

Portfolio task

We’d also like you to include the following with your portfolio:

An illustrated review, by you, of a controversial work of art (300 words). Possible choices range from Edouard Manet’s 'Le Dejeurner sur l’herbe' 1863, to Duchamp’s 'Fountain' 1917, to Damien Hirst's 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living', 1991. Or you can choose your own!

Key things to remember:

  • Research the work you are reviewing
  • Decide on your criteria, and make your position clear
  • Don’t be too descriptive.

We will be looking for students who:

  1. are self-motivated, engaged and resourceful individuals with commitment, ambition and a desire to learn
  2. are interested in, and aware of, contemporary fine arts practice and regularly visit online exhibitions and artist and gallery websites
  3. have an interest in developing a critical perspective on their own work and other artists, involving skills and abilities beyond self-expression
  4. have the potential to produce innovative art reflecting on contemporary themes.
 

BA Illustration

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. 

Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. We may invite applicants for an interview if we have questions about your portfolio or think further discussion may be useful.

For Illustration we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr, YouTube and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.   

Please view the list below as a guide not a rule, but your portfolio should demonstrate:

  1. An innovative approach to image making 
  2. A good level of drawing skills eg life drawing/observational drawing
  3. Evidence of visual thinking and engagement with concepts 
  4. Experimentation with digital and analogue (handmade) processes 
  5. An individualistic and curious approach to image making 
  6. A good representation of sketchbook pages to show your visual thinking and problem solving. 

We would like to see a digital portfolio that best shows your work and, importantly, your ideas too. For each link uploaded, please provide a short statement of no more than 100 words telling us about the work, which can include both ‘final’ pieces and developmental work. Use the words wisely to add to the reading of your work (context, rationale, subject area). Where necessary include photos of 3D work and provide links to moving image work online. 

In short, we are interested in your creative and visual voice. The more you can show of your individual areas of interest and expression of your ideas through your work, the better. 

Digital portfolio guidance

BA Illustration with Foundation Year

Digital portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio for review. Your portfolio should be a selection of your work that reflects the range of your abilities, your creative process (including your developmental work), and your interest in the course. 

Decisions will be made primarily on the basis of the work and the ideas that you present in your portfolio. We may invite applicants for an interview if we have questions about your portfolio or think further discussion may be useful.

For Illustration we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platforms are Flickr, YouTube and Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.   

Please view the list below as a guide not a rule, but your portfolio should demonstrate:

  1. An innovative approach to image making 
  2. A good level of drawing skills eg life drawing/observational drawing
  3. Evidence of visual thinking and engagement with concepts 
  4. Experimentation with digital and analogue (handmade) processes 
  5. An individualistic and curious approach to image making 
  6. A good representation of sketchbook pages to show your visual thinking and problem solving. 

We would like to see a digital portfolio that best shows your work and, importantly, your ideas too. For each link uploaded, please provide a short statement of no more than 100 words telling us about the work, which can include both ‘final’ pieces and developmental work. Use the words wisely to add to the reading of your work (context, rationale, subject area). Where necessary include photos of 3D work and provide links to moving image work online. 

In short, we are interested in your creative and visual voice. The more you can show of your individual areas of interest and expression of your ideas through your work, the better. 

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