If you want to study art and design in the UK, then you will likely need to submit a portfolio of work showcasing your creative, technical and professional ability during the application phase.
Creative thinking, a companion to critical thinking, is an invaluable skill for international students at a UK art school and it is important because it helps you look at problems and situations from a fresh perspective. Creating a portfolio of work which reflects this will help you stand out from fellow students in this competitive field.
Learn more below about preparing an art portfolio in preparation for UK university study below and, if you wish to begin your application or learn more about studying in the UK, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK London today.
What do I need to include in my Art and Design portfolio?
The key to a successful art and design application is your portfolio, showcasing your creativity, imagination and technical ability. It should consist of no more than 30 high quality images or pieces of work, including sketches and drafts to show how ideas have developed.
Art schools and universities want to see how skilled of an artist you are, how you can apply that talent to different aspects of art and if you have a unique style. Don’t worry if you don’t think you don’t have all these skills, but do attempt to showcase a broad sense of your personality and ability.
How should I present my Art and Design portfolio?
Most universities want to see original copies of your work, but you will also be expected to submit the portfolio as a digital file in a PDF format. When presenting the portfolio, ensure it includes:
- A cover page including your name and undergraduate qualification
- Your main body of work
- A personal statement, CV or academic transcripts - not all institutions will require this information, so be sure to check the admission requirements
What courses require a portfolio?
A portfolio can come in many shapes and sizes. Practical subjects such as architecture, art and photography will require images you have worked on to be included, while film courses will require digital files of your work. Similarly, more theory based topics will need evidence of your writing ability.
Professional portfolio preparation tips and advice
If you have yet to finish your art school application, the SI-UK Art and Design Service offers art and design portfolio review and preparation sessions led by a practicing art academic. These sessions provide a unique opportunity for international students to gain expert practical advice and support from a former Deputy Director of UAL and practising artist, who has exhibited sculptures in the UK and internationally.
- Students will be given a service which is personalised to their individual needs, enabling them to develop their portfolios and acquire the background knowledge needed for their chosen educational pathway
- Tutorials are delivered either online or face-to-face across fashion design, graphic and communication design, 3D design and architecture and fine art subjects