MA Illustration portfolios

Find out how to prepare your digital portfolio for the MA Illustration course at Cambridge School of Art.

What do we look for in your digital portfolio?

Your digital portfolio should:

  • show examples of your recent visual practice including, where possible, work that gives an idea of the themes and areas you’d like to develop on the course
  • include preparatory work like sketchbooks or contact sheets to show how you develop and resolve visual ideas
  • include projects where the experimental approaches and developmental work is evident, regardless of how successful the final outcomes are. These can be more valuable points of insight than a series of highly finished pieces.

How should you present your digital portfolio?

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 applications) or internationaladmissions@aru.ac.uk (international applications).

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.