Interior Design BA (Hons) / MDes (Hons) application portfolio advice

Your portfolio

We believe that the quality of work in a portfolio is more important than the quantity, so we would only expect to see the work that you are most pleased with and most proud of. Try to include about 15 – 20 pieces of work.

Your work should be laid out clearly so that it takes us through a visual journey and provides us with clear evidence of the logical progression of your ideas and creative ability. The development stage of a project is just as important as the final idea. Exploring ideas and design development can be shown through sheets in your portfolio, sketchbook or as models.

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What are we looking for?

Our course focuses on interior architecture and spatial design so we’ll be looking for the following:

  • Innovative thinking - evidence of unusual approaches to solving a problem.
  • Drawing skills demonstrating a range of techniques and styles.
  • Idea generation - quick initial doodles, sketches and thought processes.
  • Development of ideas - evidence of how you think!
  • An interest in contemporary interior design and the built environment.
  • Experimental approach in your 3D work to handling materials in unusual combinations.
  • Spatial awareness and an ability to think about things three dimensionally

Most importantly were looking for evidence of a passionate and inquisitive mind - feel free to bring us something unusual, something we’renot expecting - something that’s not on the list.


Include examples of good analytical and observational drawing, preferably in three dimensions. Also ensure a range of approaches to drawing are included, for example mark making, expressive etc. Include examples using a variety of media, whether that is paint, pencil, markers ink etc.dmu-portfolio-advice-interior-design-drawing


Interior Design involves exploration of space through solid modelling so it is important to demonstrate in your portfolio that you are interested in working in this way. This does not have to be highly finished models of buildings; it could be sculpture, jewellery, fashion etc. However we are looking for people who show an interest in manipulating materials, so this is a very important aspect of the portfolio. 

3D Projects

These don’t need to be highly complex projects, but as beforewe’re looking for interesting, unusual and playful ideas completed with care and skill. dmu-portfolio-advice-interior-design-3d-projects

Digital Work

Include the best of any computer-aided design (CAD) or artwork that you have produced, as well as photography, or video/animation if you’ve had experience. Whilst much of this is developed on the course, it would be useful to demonstrate an interest in design software whether that is Google Sketchup, Photoshop or more advanced 3D modelling software. 



We would like to see how you investigate and analyse a project brief and how you have explored, experimented and documented your thought process. We need to see that you are able to demonstrate where ideas come from and how they might transform through a process of either thorough research or extended sketching around the problem.

Contextual Research

You need to show that you are aware of professionals working within the Interior Design field, as well as contemporary artists and designers, to ensure that there is a breadth to your knowledge. It is also important to understand what ‘Interior Design’ is really about, so do some research.

Personal Work

We really like to see personal work that you’ve done just because you enjoy being creative; not driven by any brief or deadline. We don’tmind what you bring, but please do bring some personal work as you need to demonstrate that you are able to work independently. 

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