Design Crafts BA (Hons) application portfolio advice

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should consist of around 15- 20 sheets. You’ll need to bring your sketchbooks too and be prepared to talk about your work,and your interests in art and design.

We will also ask who or what inspires you in the field of art and design and particularly in Design Crafts. You can tell us which magazinesyou read, websites you visit and about any other cultural interests you have, i.e. film, music, architecture, dance, travel, sports etc. We adviseyou to look at Crafts Magazine and a design magazine such as Elle Decoration or Wallpaper for up-to-date articles.

Most importantly we are looking at your potential to be a creative designer/maker. We don’t expect you to be exceptional in all the areasdescribed below. We want you to be keen to learn and have ambitions for your own future.

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for:

  • Someone who loves making
  • Drawing skills demonstrated in a range of approaches
  • How you generate ideas and develop them
  • An interest in contemporary craft
  • Experimental approach to handling materials
  • A short example of written work

What should a portfolio contain?


We like to see drawing, in the broadest sense, from life drawing to experimental and design sketches. Try to include some colour work too.



We are looking to see how you develop an idea and how you research and respond to a given brief.





Final Product


Written work

Please bring an essay or a recent example of writing. We like to see how well you write and how you think. Even though this is a practice-based degree, you will have a small amount of written tasks over the course. For example, you will be asked to keep a workshop logbook of technical information, write a short report, and you will need to take notes during lectures.

Personal work

Make sure you have a project in your portfolio that demonstrates creativity, a deep involvement in your work and your conclusion or final idea. This could be any art or design project (either as part of your course or an independent project), the subject doesn’t matter.



Include evidence that you enjoy making and using materials. We like to see 3D objects and experiments with materials, but these are oftendifficult to carry to an interview so if possible just bring a small selection of your most successful pieces. You can photograph a selection ofyour 3D work, maquettes, models and finished pieces which can then be mounted in your portfolio or sketchbooks.


Your research will show us what excites you and what has inspired you during your projects and course. This needs to be evident in yoursketchbooks and should include visual references to other artists and designers. You should include references to contemporary and historical practices and show your interests in Design Crafts. You can include research from exhibitions or study trips abroad for example.


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