Foundation Degree Arts - Digital portfolio tips

Part of the entry requirement for our Foundation Degree Arts programmes is that applicants provide a digital portfolio. This is a selection of your work that we can look at online, ahead of inviting you for interview. The idea is it demonstrates your interest, your current knowledge and ability in the subject area and sometimes it can show your creativity.

There is no single layout or correct portfolio to aim for, it’s about showing us who you are and your passion for the subject, even if you haven’t studied it before.

Here are some top tips to guide you through the process:

  • Selection. Firstly, decide what projects you would like to include; it’s useful to see a variety of your works so that we have a greater idea of where your skills are.
  • Progress. It’s great to see finished pieces, but progress photos and evidence of exploration and experimentation will show us your ability to develop an idea from concept and to challenge yourself.
  • In action. It is always good to include photos and videos of you working on the practical aspect so we can see your hand-skills.
  • Individuality. Show us who you are - we want to get to know your style, your inspirations and what your aspirations are.
  • Experience. We’re happy to see work from previous courses, work experience and personal projects outside of education.
  • Interest. If you have no prior experience related to the subject area, use your portfolio to show us what interests you about the subject.

You could choose to present your works and experiments in a portrait or landscape format, but it’s preferrable if you keep the format consistent throughout. When photographing your work or sketchbooks, try and do so in good natural light and against a plain background.

Try not to worry if you cannot provide a portfolio - the College will provide a practical exercise that can be completed remotely to assess mental agility and dexterity and suitability for the programme.