Foundation weeks 22-24
This was the height of interview season and getting my portfolio made and photographed. However much I plan my time I always seem to have none of it and it was the biggest stress. I’d say to do the portfolio in advance but you may not have produced enough or any suitable work for it, in that case then I’m in the same boat. My degree is in Costume design and making, I applied at UAL, NTU, Edinburgh and Huddersfield. I had a back up of Fine art at Manchester school of Art as that’s my local university, even though its pretty hard to get into.
I don’t really have much portfolio advice as I’ve only ever made like two for courses but this is what I know:
- Make it yourself – Don’t let a tutor/ teacher do it for you, you want something you’ve made and know inside and out so you can talk about it with at least some passion.
- Less is more- Basically don’t put all the work you’ve ever done as its probably not related or not the best
- Best first and last- Make a memorable entrance and leaving them with a good impression of your work.
- Show breadth of work- So this is when your work doesn’t have to connect that closely with your degree, normally the work in the middle of the portfolio.
- Hand drawings- Every degree likes to see that you’ve got the basic skills to build upon, a lot of people cant actually draw, and its a really important way of showing any of your ideas whether rough versions of paintings or designs.
- Connections – Try and connect your work with your degree, if you cant plan what you’ll say when talking about the work so they can see the connection/ transferable skills.
- Bring as much as you want- I specialised in 3D and something were better in the flesh, if you want to take it take it. Some places said to take literally everything and this is your one chance ( there’s always other chances) and others said there’s not much space so please photograph instead. Its up to you but check with the uni on an open day and I’d just go with what feels right.