[Before I write anything I would like to clarify that my portfolio, and the examples given, are NOT to be taken as absolute guidelines. Hopefully the diversity of work will put your mind at rest, and open you up to your own work.]
“Je ne regrette rien”
Hello wondrous universe!
(I did not wish to make this a silly post however, the video below accurately sums up the previous month for me – minus the hair removal.)
Seeing as I had my Eye of the Tiger moment, I thought I would share the portfolio which carved this, perhaps solitary, path.
Things go wrong.
When they do, it’s nice to get torn to pieces when you are still young – there is less to re-draw.
From studying Architecture for a year at Newcastle I realised that my love for Art was getting in the way of full devotion to my course. Every lecture inspired me more and more to embark on my own projects, and to implement the theories studied to my own art.
Sometimes the way I responded to the Architectural briefs was not necessarily spacial, perhaps more abstract responses would fit better than a dwelling or space.
Nevertheless, I was very much in denial and could not face up to a course transfer. I did not wish to bring shame to my family.
Nearing the end of the academic year I went to visit the 1st year undergraduate’s work in Fine Art. There was something missing. Me.
[Eye of the Tiger plays whilst I rush to make a portfolio in two weeks]
MY PORTFOLIO AND SUGGESTIONS
As I had not come from foundation, I used the work from my 1st year in Architecture almost in its place.
This was important, to show more recent work, than just work from A-levels.
Use the information given by the university to know what they want you to show them. For me there was a focus on self-directed work, variety of materials and approaches, and work from observation.
Ask your teachers. Get multiple opinions, they may see a different light to your work.
I did not know how much I was meant to submit so after researching online it seems something between 20 – 30 pieces/pages was the norm. Though, I did not worry too much if I deviated from this.
Think about the structure of your work. Do you feel a natural rhythm within your work? Is there a progression? – Or a flow?
I started with what I felt was my strongest piece, and ended with my 2nd strongest piece. Between this I placed work so it would flow and be read how I wanted it to be read. This is very subjective and depends on your work.
My portfolio was A1 sized and in plastic sleeves. I also included a small A6 sketchbook with personal drawings and musing.
My portfolio was a great success and I am glad I took the plunge.
The last bit of advice I can give is to have something to talk about.
Before the interview I knew that every piece above would give me much to talk about. Preparing for the interview involved me getting excited about everything that has inspired me recently. I pulled out the books/graphic novels I had been reading and reflecting on the galleries I had been to.
Thus the interview was me bouncing off the walls with my love for art, and for life. It worked for me.
Portfolio Advice – Along with videos and further advice for applying at different levels, such as postgraduate course.
Digital Portfolio – Lovely work paired with a talented student.
Digital Portfolio – Exceptional work.
8 Portfolio Examples – All students from foundation applying to various universities.