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Architecture Portfolio for UK University Application

The portfolio is an essential part of your application for architecture. It should highlight your capacity to draw, think creatively, manipulate form, organize information, and handle ideas.

When applying for architecture courses in the UK, you must include in your portfolio:

  • Your name on the first page of your portfolio
  • A brief CV and your personal statement after the first page
  • Examples of your work as part of a formal programme of study as well as self-initiated projects

Content of Portfolio for University Admission

The focus of the portfolio should be on your best and most recent work:

  • Include sketches, studies and working drawings as well as presentation images
  • Include examples from your sketchbook and notebooks
  • Provide recent work – if you have extensive experience include work that highlights the wider scope and development of your career
  • Provide diverse examples of work – different scales of work, different forms of presentation (freehand drawings, sculptures, video etc) and different types of projects (architectural design, speculative projects, research etc)

When you are creating your portfolio ensure that you organise your work so that the admissions panel can clearly see and appreciate your development.

How to create your Architecture Portfolio

  • Your portfolio should be presented digitally as a single PDF document
  • The pages should be set up at A4 size, organised in landscape format
  • Images should appear at a high enough resolution to be clearly legible – however make sure the file size is not too large
  • Present your design work in an intelligent and understandable way, giving the titles of projects and annotating drawings as required
  • Submit your portfolio on a CD or send via email

Hard copy portfolios or CDs which do not meet these requirements will not be considered by the admissions team.

For more information please contact our experienced university counsellors, who can offer free support for your application to UK universities.

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