Fine Art MA application portfolio advice

Your Portfolio

Your portfolio should include documentation of work that has been photographed or recorded. It is also helpful to see documentation of work in situations where it has been exhibited and to have some indication of how your work has developed over a period of time.

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 good degree (or equivalent) in fine art or a field appropriate to the area of study
  • If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience, we will consider your application on an individual basis
  • An ability to develop your work critically over a period of time
  • An awareness of contemporary fine art practice
  • The potential to question, take risks and to thrive in a challenging environment
  • An ability to contribute constructively to group learning and teaching events
  • A motivated and independent approach to learning

What should a portfolio contain?

Fine Art practice
We are looking to see how you develop ideas and how you research effectively for your area of interest. Make sure you have a portfolio that demonstrates creativity, an in depth involvement in your work and also clearly documents its resolution.


Written work

Please bring a piece of written work or recent example of your artist’s statement. We like to see how well you can articulate your practice. Even though this is primarily a practice-based programme, you will have written tasks to do throughout the course and you will also be asked to write a 5,000 word reflective report to accompany your final presentation.

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