When you apply to Graphics at NUA, we will ask you to prepare your portfolio, a written submission and an interview.
These methods are used to assess your suitability to the course. All three 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 also include finished projects that you are excited about and particularly proud of. We are interested in seeing what gets you excited about the creative subject you wish to study. You may submit school/college projects and coursework, but we recommended that you include independent projects. These self-initiated projects tell us a lot more about you and your ambition and illustrate your ability to generate ideas.
Your portfolio must include a piece of written work. It might be part of or an entire piece of written work between 500 and 1,000 words. You may submit an essay or report completed and marked as part of your schoolwork or an original creative journal or blog entry. 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, if you are submitting your written element digitally, sent as a PDF file.
Spend time choosing pieces for your portfolio. 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.
Try to show us the full range of your creative experience and interests. 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 creative 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. You may wish to include some or all of the following:
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.