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BA Graphic Design

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 Graphic Design we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platform is Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too. 

Portfolio work: a range of art and design projects that you have completed recently. It is important that we can understand your intentions, so please add explanatory notes where appropriate. We do not expect to only see work that could be called graphic design; we are keen to see your drawing and creative work across a range of disciplines and media.

Supporting work: by this we mean sketchbook images, rough work and developmental work. It is important for us to see how you research and develop your ideas; this is as important for us as your finished pieces. We will find it helpful if we can see a clear link between developmental work and finished project work.

Written work: it is important that we see how you develop and articulate your ideas through written work; we have specific theoretical elements on our programme that are assessed through essays. Please include at least one contextual or theoretical essay or report that you have done on your current or previous course.

Portfolio task: project brief 

We’d also like you to include your response to a brief in your digital portfolio. We are interested in how you approach the tasks. You are giving us important information about yourself but your solutions can be fun as well as serious. 

The brief is three very short tasks: 

  • Up to 60 seconds audio piece explaining why you want to study Graphic Design at UWE, including one question you would like to ask us.
  • A photograph of the pair of shoes/trainers you would wear to an interview. 
  • A typeset list of the last book you read, the last meal you cooked, the last piece of music you listened to, and the last cause you supported. Set in typeface of your choice.
 

Digital portfolio guidance

BA Graphic Design 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.

For Graphic Design with Foundation Year we would like you to include the following in your portfolio. Our preferred platform is Instagram but if you have a portfolio in another format that is fine to use too.  

Portfolio work: art and design projects that you have completed recently. It is important that we can understand your intentions, so please add briefs or explanatory notes where appropriate. We do not expect to only see work that could be called graphic design; we are keen to see your drawing and creative work across a range of disciplines and media.

Supporting work: by this we mean sketchbook images, rough work and developmental work. It is important for us to see how you research and develop your ideas; this is as important for us as your finished pieces. We will find it helpful if we can see a clear link between developmental work and finished project work.

Written work: a recent essay or other piece of writing.

 

BA Interior Design

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 Interior Design, 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.   

  • A range of recent work that includes both 2D and 3D work such as drawing, collage, photography and experimentation with ideas, surfaces and materials. We are looking for evidence that you are keen to experiment, have lots of creative ideas and that you enjoy working with a variety of materials, media and colour.
  • Research and idea development: it’s really important that we are able to see how you explore and develop ideas from research, so make sure you include this as it's just as important as finished pieces. 
  • Drawing underpins everything we do here, and it’s vital that you are happy to use drawing as a tool in your creative work. Don’t worry if you don’t think you are very good at it yet, we still need to see it. This could be observational drawing, experimental drawing, life drawing or mark-making – we just want to see how you use it to explore, develop and communicate your ideas. 
  • We want to see what interests you about interior design. What does the subject mean to you? Include work that reflects your interests and gives us an idea of how you are approaching the subject. 
  • Written work: it is important that we see how you develop and articulate your ideas through written work; please include one contextual or theoretical essay or other piece of writing that you have done on your current or previous course.

Portfolio task

We would also like you complete the following task.

Please provide a film or audio recording that answers the following questions:

  1. Why have you chosen to apply for UWE Interior Design? 
  2. What will you bring to the community of students and staff, in terms of your: 
    • prior experience
    • personal attributes
    • a unique ability or skill that you have.

Your film should be no longer than three minutes (a minute would be fine) and does not need to be edited. You can use your phone or a computer to record and you do not have to appear in the film – you could just record yourself speaking the answers if you would prefer.

 

Digital portfolio guidance

BA Interior Design 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 Interior Design 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.   

  • A range of recent work that includes both 2D and 3D work such as drawing, collage, photography and experimentation with ideas, surfaces and materials. We are looking for evidence that you are keen to experiment, have lots of creative ideas and that you enjoy working with a variety of materials, media and colour.
  • Research and idea development: it’s really important that we are able to see how you explore and develop ideas from research, so make sure you include this as it's just as important as finished pieces. 
  • Drawing underpins everything we do here, and it’s vital that you are happy to use drawing as a tool in your creative work. Don’t worry if you don’t think you are very good at it yet, we still need to see it. This could be observational drawing, experimental drawing, life drawing or mark-making – we just want to see how you use it to explore, develop and communicate your ideas. 
  • We want to see what interests you about interior design. What does the subject mean to you? Include work that reflects your interests and gives us an idea of how you are approaching the subject. 
  • Written work: it is important that we see how you develop and articulate your ideas through written work; please include one contextual or theoretical essay or other piece of writing that you have done on your current or previous course.

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