BA (Hons) Fine Art portfolios

Find out how to prepare your portfolio for our BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Cambridge School of Art.

What do we look for in your portfolio?

Generally your portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of work that show your skills in relation to the course of study.

At Cambridge School of Art we see drawing skills as particularly useful and want to see any drawings from life, even if you have not taken drawing classes. Drawing is the basis for the development of ideas so even if you mainly work in other media please include your original sketches to show us how your ideas evolve. We want you to show the progress from initial ideas to final pieces, how you engage with your subject matter and what inspired you to create your work.

We want to see that you have good drawing skills, as well as experimental work in different media, such as collage, photography or work in 3D. Observational studies or life drawings are also considered an important part of a fine art portfolio, so you should include these where possible.

Any research material that helps to present your ideas about fine art, as well as your wider interests and points of reference, should also be included.

Include examples of work where you have experimented with new art materials and created works with a variety of methods. We want to see that you are inquisitive and have the ability to investigate.

How should you present any digital work?

Standard applications

If your portfolio includes digital works, you should provide these as pdf or Powerpoint files, and any films as MP4s, saved on USB memory sticks or external hard drives. Your web and interactive work must run automatically in a browser or be available on a live domain/website. If your digital work does not open or run, then we cannot take it into account during the interview process. If it is an essential part of your portfolio you may be asked to provide alternative work through the post by a specified date.

E-portfolios/International applicants

You may deliver your portfolio digitally as a website portfolio or PDF document. We can’t accept USB or CDs in the post. All websites and file transfer services are acceptable but, in case you need suggestions, some of the more popular ones are listed below*. If your portfolio is a PDF please include your name and the course you want to study in the file name and on the PDF.

For any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the admissions process please contact your admissions officer. We look forward to receiving your portfolio.

*Previously used websites for transferring online portfolios include: Behance, Flickr, Deviantart, Carbonmade, Indexedit, Wordpress, Blogger, Blogspot, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Crevado.

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