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BA Fashion Communication

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

Portfolio work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, photography, visual experimentation and/or collage. We are looking for evidence of experimental ideas and thinking, not just finished pieces. Please edit your portfolio down to what you consider to be your best pieces of work and developmental pieces, rather than include every piece of work you have ever produced. 

Supporting work: by this we mean sketchbook images, rough work, research into things that interest you (designers/artists/brands) etc. 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. 

We want to see what interests you about fashion and fashion communication. What does fashion communication mean to you? Are you engaging with Instagram or Depop? If you are, include links to these platforms you’re connected to. What designers, artists and image makers interest you? Which fashion photographers, designers and campaigns have you looked at in your research and why do you find their work interesting?

 

Digital portfolio guidance

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

Portfolio work: a range of recent work that includes drawing, photography, visual experimentation and/or collage. We are looking for evidence of experimental ideas and thinking, not just finished pieces. Please edit your portfolio down to what you consider to be your best pieces of work and developmental pieces, rather than include every piece of work you have ever produced. 

Supporting work: by this we mean sketchbook images, rough work, research into things that interest you (designers/artists/brands) etc. 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. 

We want to see what interests you about fashion and fashion communication. What does fashion communication mean to you? Are you engaging with Instagram or Depop? If you are, include links to these platforms you’re connected to. What designers, artists and image makers interest you? Which fashion photographers, designers and campaigns have you looked at in your research and why do you find their work interesting?

BA Fashion Textiles

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 Fashion Textiles 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.  

  • A range of recent work that includes 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 fashion textiles. What does the subject mean to you? This might be ideas for shape and form on the body, or surface, colour and pattern work. Include work that reflects your interests and gives us an idea of how you are approaching the subject. You do not need to include garment designs. 
  • 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

In order for us to get an insight into your creative potential, we would like you to complete the following tasks. The tasks have been designed to enable you to showcase a range of processes and creative approaches that we believe are the cornerstones of subject awareness and creative development 

Drawing 

In addition to the sketchbook pages, please include five drawings in any media, scale, materials of the following items from your wardrobe: a pair of shoes, a piece of knitwear, a shirt, a piece of denim clothing and a coat. 

Use your drawings to demonstrate your ability to capture the ‘essence’ of the garment through different approaches to mark-making and drawing styles. Try to capture and communicate the materials, the fluidity and movement of the fabric, texture, surface, colour, pattern, trimmings and any fastenings. Each drawing can be rendered in a different way and should be included in the portfolio as a single image.

Film or audio recording that answers the following questions 

  1. Why have you chosen to apply for Fashion Textiles? 
  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 Fashion Textiles 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 Fashion Textiles with Foundation Year 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.  

  • A range of recent work that includes 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 fashion textiles. What does the subject mean to you? This might be ideas for shape and form on the body, or surface, colour and pattern work. Include work that reflects your interests and gives us an idea of how you are approaching the subject. You do not need to include garment designs. 
  • 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.

Facilities

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Chat to a current UWE Bristol student on your course

Students will be on hand from 14:00-16:00 on the following dates to answer questions about your course and student life at UWE Bristol. Please click on the link below and select your course to join the live Q&A. 

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