Fashion and Textiles MA application portfolio advice

Your Portfolio

Our main interest is you experience in the creative and technical areas relating to your selected subject pathway (Contour/Fashion/Footwear and Accessories/Textiles) and your potential to continue study at masters level to become a creative and innovative designer and problem solver. Your portfolio should include project based evidence of how you research and utilise this research to inspire new ideas, how you investigate and experiment with ideas, how you progress through resolved design development stages and how you develop finished items/prototypes. In your work, demonstrate your interest in the subject pathway through your knowledge and inspiration about contemporary design and realisation. In your personal statement it would be useful to explain which why you are interested in the particular subject pathway and some initial thoughts on what you would like to achieve by study at Masters level.

Most of all, show your individuality and creativity.

Once your application has been received, you will either be invited to an interview where you will present your portfolio of work (on campus for Home/EU applicants, via Skype for Overseas applicants), or alternatively you may be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Portfolio submission options for overseas applicants

What are we looking for?

We are looking for:

  • A genuine passion for the subject pathway – demonstrating knowledge of the sector and the impact of others working in the discipline
  • Ability to select, critically analyse and justify research outcomes to build design concepts and generate new ideas
  • Informed and creative design development skills and how you have applied these to a range of creative opportunities
  • Experience in selecting and applying professional illustration and drawing skills (including Computer Aided Design where appropriate) as part of a portfolio and visual communication presentation
  • Ability to develop and apply accurate methodologies and techniques in pattern cutting for the selected subject pathway (Contour/Fashion/Footwear and Accessories)
  • Ability to develop and apply accurate methodologies and techniques in three dimensional garment/prototype/sample production for the selected subject pathway (Contour/Fashion/Footwear and Accessories/Textiles)
  • If relevant – appropriate skills and knowledge for the broader context of the subject such as photography and graphics etc

What should a portfolio contain?


In your sketchbook and portfolio you need to demonstrate your working process and show how you develop ideas, experiment with them, design, resolve and select final designs.



Clear drawing and communication skills are important in this process but they should be communicating the content of your ideas rather than just drawing skills on their own.  Visual communication skills can include Computer Aided Design techniques where appropriate.



We are looking to see how you develop an idea, how you research and respond to a project brief. Show evidence of a project in your portfolio that demonstrates creativity, a deep involvement in your work and your conclusion or final idea(s). This could be part of your previous course or an independent project. Idea generation could also be demonstrated through toile/sample documentation and final outcomes can be shown through a photoshoot and/or sketch/illustration work.


Written work

Please indicate which subject pathway you wish to be considered for and what level of experience you have in this subject area.  Also discuss any initial thoughts and ideas about why you want to study at Masters level and what you may be hoping to achieve through gaining such a well-respected qualification in a practical design area.

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