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.
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
For course-specific requirements of what to include in your portfolio please refer to the relevant course information.
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.
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.
It is as important to include images from sketchbooks, project outlines and early models or drafts as it is to include finished pieces.
We know what qualifications you have and we will want to see that training in the work you show us.
We are extremely interested in seeing your work in other arts disciplines, non-traditional art forms and even creative writing.
Choose pieces that you like and that you feel reflect your personal and professional ambitions.
Show your portfolio to someone you trust to give you honest feedback or who doesn’t know you or your work well.