Portfolio preparation

Your creativity is as important to us as your exam results. To showcase what you can do, in most instances, we’ll want to see a digital portfolio.

We want your application process to go as smoothly as possible so, to give you an idea what to expect, we've put together some videos and information below. You will also be invited to attend one of our virtual 'Preparing Your Portfolio' events.

NB If you're applying for our BA (Hons) Digital Media Production, you do not currently need to submit a portfolio.

What do we look for in a portfolio?

10 pieces of work or projects that show your skill in the chosen subject.

More specifically, we are looking for:

  • Any drawings from life
  • Evidence of how you tackle a project
  • Research and development of ideas and thought processes
  • Example of experimentation with new materials, media, processes or methods
  • For the BA Illustration and Animation: any moving image work (short films or animations) and any examples of visual narratives, sequential images or storyboards

How does the undergraduate portfolio process work?

Please email a pdf of your work (you can convert to PDF using InDesign or Powerpoint if you don't have Adobe Acrobat DC) or a link to your personal portfolio website to admissions-ahss@aru.ac.uk (Home / EU) or internationaladmissions@aru.ac.uk (International students).

Please host any videos on a video sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo - you can set them as 'unlisted' and just send us the links. If you're unable to share your video via a video sharing site, please use a file sharing service such as Google Drive or Drop Box (make sure your file is less than 1GB).

If you would like to arrange a face to face portfolio review and tour, please contact the relevant Admissions team using the email addresses above.

More information on portfolio preparation:


Preparing your portfolio

Postgraduate courses

How to build your art portfolio for University