BA (Hons) Graphic Design portfolios

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

What do we look for in your portfolio?

Your portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of work that demonstrates your creative ability as an artist, graphic artist or designer.

This is a design course, so the interviewer will want to see how you tackle a design project – though not necessarily a graphics project.

Your portfolio should demonstrate an awareness of visual language or graphic communication, and include examples of the creative thought processes you use via preliminary visuals and sketchbooks.

You’ll need to show the research and development of the ideas behind your project work, so please bring along any sketchbooks that contain this work.

You should also be able to show us an awareness of artists and designers whose work has influenced your own. This might include people from areas outside of graphic design, such as architecture.

Your drawings and personal sketchbooks are also essential, so try to include these in your portfolio as well.

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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