BA (Hons) Photography portfolios

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

What do we look for in your portfolio?

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

Your portfolio should include work that shows photographic skills (digital and/or chemical), but also help us to see where your passions lie. Make sure you include the work you most enjoyed making.

While we expect to see some examples of finished projects, we’re also very keen to see your working/thought processes. We are also interested to see examples of experimental work, showing how you use various materials and techniques. 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.

You’ll need to show the research and development of the ideas in your sketchbook.

You should also be able to show us your awareness of recent photographers, artists or designers whose work influences yours or particularly interests you.

You should present your work in an ordered and clear way. The way you lay out your pages can show us your design sensitivity and thought processes. Think about your work in sequence.

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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