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Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc application portfolio advice

We look at portfolios as part of our selection process as some of our postgraduate courses need specialist skills. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your creativity, innovation and design skills and what inspires you.

What are we looking for?

For Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc, you may be joining from a design-led background or from a technical/engineering led background therefore the criteria for your portfolio will be very different. 

Design led-backgrounds

We are interested to see what areas of textile design you have specialised in, whether you intend to pursue a specific area of the textile industry during and upon completion of the course and how the final project in term three could support your aspirations. This is a postgraduate programme that combines design with technical understanding therefore your portfolio should support your written statement, which illustrates your current educational and industrial experience, career aspirations and specific learning expectations from the course.

A good portfolio should indicate something of your personality, it should be clearly structured, easy to read and well presented. It should consist of quality work rather than quantity so be selective about what you show.

Technical/engineering led backgrounds

We are interested to see the background of your technical or engineering knowledge. This is a postgraduate programme that combines design with technical understanding therefore your portfolio should support your written statement, which illustrates your current educational and industrial experience, career aspirations and specific learning expectations from the course. We appreciate that your portfolio will be of a technical nature therefore we are looking for evidence of academic and industrial achievement. This could be in the form of but is not restricted to, digital images of project work, technical design drawings, CAD, publications.

Your evidence of technical achievement should be clearly structured, easy to read and well presented. It should consist of quality work rather than quantity so be selective about what you show.

Size and format

Option one - online submission

  • Please submit your digital portfolio as a multi-page single PDF file
  • Files need to be compressed or zipped and not exceed 1GB in size and submitted via www.mailbigfile.com/dmuac
  • For moving images such as animation or video please use .mp4, .MOV or .AVI format
  • All work needs to be saved in one folder and labelled with your name, student reference number and the name of the course you have applied for

Option two - personal website

  • You can also send us a link to a website that displays your work
  • The website must be public (no sign up, passwords or logins), written in English, and have clear navigation
  • Your website must render correctly in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari