Fine Art BA (Hons) application portfolio advice

Your Portfolio

Our Fine Art course is about independent self-directed study. Your portfolio should reflect a desire to pursue this. It should communicate creative thinking and range of experience.

Be selective and send your strongest work, a portfolio of 25-35 images is plenty. Start with the strongest work and show how it developed to that point.

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for:

  • Creative thinking
  • Range of approaches
  • Willingness to experiment
  • Ability to take risks to arrive at innovative thinking
  • Evidence of engagement with contemporary fine art practice 


Sketchbooks vary in structure and content according to your practice, we like to see how you generate ideas and develop them visually.



Include some drawing; show a range of approaches and mark-making.


Range of work

Include a range of work this could be 2D, 3D, lens and digital work, printmaking, drawing.






Written work

Please bring a short piece of written work that shows your ability to contextualise your work within contemporary fine art practice. You should also write about your own ideas in relation to your practice. In your personal statement explain why you want to study fine art.

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