Fashion Textile Design / Textile Design BA (Hons) application portfolio advice

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should be around 20-30 pieces. You will need to bring sketchbooks, drawings, projects and a piece of written work. Give short discriptions about your work, and your interests in everything about fabric and its context (body or space).

We will also want to know who or what inspires you in the field of art and design, and particularly in textiles/surface/colour. In your personal statement you can also write about which magazines you read, websites you visit and about any other cultural interests you have, i.e. film, music, architecture, dance, travel, sports etc.

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 areas described 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 – demonstrate a range of approaches
  • Idea generation
  • Development of ideas
  • An interest in contemporary design
  • Experimental approach to handling materials

What should a portfolio contain?


Your research will show us what excites you and what has inspired you during your projects and course. This needs to be evident in your sketchbooks and should include visual references to other artists and designers. You should include references to contemporary and historical practices and show your interest in textiles in its widest context.dmu-portfolio-advice-fashion-textiles-accessories-sketchbooks


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


Project Work

We are looking to see how you develop an idea and how you research and respond to a given brief. 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 designing through using materials. We like to see 2D to 3D design development and experiments with materials. If you have a lot of these they are often difficult to carry to interview so if possible just bring a small selection of your most successful pieces. You can photograph a selection of your 3D work, maquettes, models and finished designs.


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 personal journal for tutorials, compile a technical file and carry out market research. You will need to make lecture notes and write essays.

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