The most important thing we are looking for is inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and a real desire to come up with something that is unique.
Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Fine Art at NUA, we will ask you to prepare your portfolio for your interview.
This combination of methods are used to assess your suitability to the course. All elements should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity.
When compiling your portfolio, choose pieces that reflect your creativity and personal interests and demonstrate your technical skills.
Your portfolio should include at least two projects where you show the steps you took to develop an idea. This might mean you include experiments, drafts or variations that show the progression of your project from the earliest stages through to completion. Do not worry if they are not perfect drawings, paintings or renderings, because they allow us to understand how you think during the creative process.
You should include finished projects that you are excited about and particularly proud of. We are interested in you; to understand what motivates your choice in discipline and your creative identity through your preferences and aversions. You may submit assessed projects and coursework, but we recommended that you include independent work where possible. These self-initiated projects and interests tell us a lot more about you and your ambition and illustrate your ability to generate ideas. We are keen to see individuality, passion, risk and analysis.
You should be confident and passionate talking about each one as the interviewer(s) will discuss your work with you. You may not be able to talk us through the entire portfolio so be sure to present the work in an orderly, logical way. Choose a layout that tells the story of each individual project and an overall structure that gives us the full picture of you and your creative practice.
Be able to evidence contemporary creatives that have influenced your practice. Avoid too much repetition in style and subject matter. Do include details about the exhibitions, shows or festivals that have inspired you or influenced your work. Tell us about competitions or prizes you have entered and/or your accolades.
Your portfolio should be relevant to the course, but do include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of space.
The best way to experience what NUA has to offer is to see for yourself at one of our open days for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
To find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, talk to Lynne, Tom or Tori in the following ways:
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As part of your offer, you may be asked to submit a piece of written work in addition to your application. This would usually be after your interview.
Your written work might be part of or an entire piece of written work between 500 and 1,000 words. You may submit an essay, report or a completed log. The writing should demonstrate your ability to think critically, make an informed analysis and confident communication in a subject area related to your proposed course of study. All written work must be in English and emailed as a PDF file to email@example.com.