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Preparing your digital portfolio… quickly

As we are looking for students with the most creative potential to join the NUA community of artists, designers, architects, practitioners and makers, we need to see examples of work from all of our applicants, including those applying through Clearing or Adjustment. Preparing a digital portfolio can save you time and hassle if you are applying for creative courses through Clearing. Applicants who have a digital portfolio prepared when they call benefit from being able to discuss their application with an academic immediately.

Ways to submit a portfolio

  • Link to your website, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook album in an email
  • Share it via Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Video call via Skype
  • Arrange to email it at a later date (as attachments, not in the body of the text)
  • Bring your portfolio to our campus


Although NUA would recommend a personalised website, or using free web-based sites such as WordPress or Wix.com, this can be quite time-consuming when you might be under time pressure to meet a tight deadline. Image sharing or blog sites, such as Flickr and Tumblr, are very useful and very easy to use. If you are presenting a show reel instead of a portfolio, then you can submit links to your YouTube channel or Vimeo account. Sharing sites, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, are good alternatives to send large files, rather than attaching them to emails.

Turning your existing portfolio into a digital one

The simplest option will be to photograph your pieces. Make sure when shooting your work (which may include pages from your sketch books) that the surroundings are well lit, try to avoid any distracting reflections and highlight any details in your work that you would like to showcase. When editing your photos, crop them appropriately and take care not to stretch or elongate your images. Depending on the nature of your work, you could also scan pieces and present them using one of the methods recommended above.

For further information, visit www.nua.ac.uk/portfolio or email studentrecruitment@nua.ac.uk

Good luck!

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