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Portfolio Presentation

Portfolios are the best way to ensure we are enrolling students who have a sincere interest in and commitment to their creative practice.

Portfolios allow us to learn about your creative practice: what you’re interested in, what you’ve learned, and what you’re curious about. Please review course-specific guidance to better understand how to shape your submission.

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When to submit your portfolio

If you are in the UK you can present your portfolio at an interview on campus. You can also submit a digital portfolio and interview via Skype, although we would encourage you to visit Norwich during our interviews in February and April.

Applicants outside the UK will be asked to submit their portfolio approximately 3 weeks after they submit their application (more time is permitted for early applicants.) As the portfolio is crucial to our assessment of your potential to study at NUA, you must submit it before the interview.

If you are applying very late, you should be ready to submit your portfolio with your application because your interview date will be set very quickly.

If you need more time to complete your submissions, contact the International Office to agree a new deadline

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Portfolio checklist

Are you satisfied with how your work looks in the portfolio?

We look at hundreds of portfolios, so it is important that you present your work in a powerful way. Think about the impression the work will give to someone who has never seen it before. Make sure photographs and scans are clear and in focus, uncluttered, and arranged in a logical order.

Does your portfolio exhibit personal determination?

If all of the work in your portfolio comes from school-related projects you should also include work created out of personal interest or inspiration. This is especially important if you have been out of school for some time.

Does your portfolio illustrate your creative process by showing the progression of a project from the initial idea through subsequent stages of development?

It is as important to include images from sketchbooks, project outlines and early models or drafts as it is to include finished pieces.

Does your portfolio adequately reflect your existing technical skills?

We know what qualifications you have and we will want to see that training in the work you show us.

Does your portfolio include work from other disciplines?

We are extremely interested in seeing your work in other arts disciplines, non-traditional art forms and even creative writing.

Does your portfolio reflect your personality and the kind of artist or designer you want to become?

Choose pieces that you like and that you feel reflect your personal and professional ambitions.

What do other people think?

Show your portfolio to someone you trust to give you honest feedback or who doesn’t know you or your work well.