Portfolio preparation

When you apply for one of our art courses, the portfolio will be an important part of your application. Putting together a portfolio for the first time can be quite a challenge, particularly at a time when there's so much else to think about.

At Cambridge School of Art, we want your portfolio review to go as smoothly as possible, so we've put together these pages to help you prepare for it.

What do we look for in the portfolio?

Generally a portfolio should include 15 pieces of work or projects that show your skill in the chosen subject. Choose the pieces that best represent your work and show passion and engagement, curiosity and an open mind.

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?

You will be asked to provide a digital portfolio for review. Please send all your work as a PDF or a website link to admissions-ahss@anglia.ac.uk, or upload it to the applicant portal when requested by our Admissions Team - and no later than two weeks afterwards this request.

Please compress the PDF or use an email transfer service such as WeTransfer for larger files. Remember to include your name, the course you are applying for and your student ID number.

If you would like to discuss your work face-to-face...

...please email admissions-ahss@anglia.ac.uk, who will send you a link to book a time slot. Remember to include your name, the course you are applying for and your student ID number. Please also send your digital portfolio as above.

If you choose to come in and show us your work please allow for up to 1.5 hrs on campus, as you will also have the opportunity to ask staff and current students questions, take a tour of our facilities and explore the campus. You can bring your hard-copy portfolio and sketchbooks, or we can just discuss your digital portfolio.

If you're applying for one of our Masters courses, please visit our postgraduate portfolios page for course-specific information.

More information on portfolio preparation:

Preparing your portfolio

Postgraduate courses

How to build your art portfolio for University