Design + Visual Arts

If you are applying to any of the courses in the Department of Design + Visual Arts, you must submit a portfolio and you may be required to attend an interview afterwards.

What should my portfolio contain?

  • A portfolio is a collection of your work – both finished and in progress – that showcases your interests and enthusiasms.
  • It should demonstrate curiosity, inventiveness and ideas through a wide range of media, as well as your ability to work around selected themes.
  • You can include course and school projects as well as any independent work. We like to see large or three-dimensional work, but this can be presented as photographs or other documentation.

Your portfolio should:

IADT Be organised
Decide how best to arrange your portfolio. For example, it may be chronological or in thematic sections where initial work is placed next to final pieces.
IADT Be sure to include
Notebooks, sketchbooks, journals or visual diaries. We want to see how you document your working process.
IADT Include a CV
One CV for each course for which you are applying. Note details of hobbies, technical skills and involvement in activities relevant to that course. Information on age or educational background is not used for assessment purposes, so there’s no need to include it.
IADT Be clear
If you are including team work, identify your role.
IADT Be selective
Include and highlight your best work. We appreciate quality not quantity, so no more than 30 pieces, please. Show work relevant to the course for which you are applying.

Department of Design + Visual Arts portfolio checklist

Have you included

  • Project work (set projects and self-initiated work) – including sketchbooks, development work and finished pieces – showing visual exploration, experimentation and creativity around a theme/object(s)/place/idea, etc.
  • Observational drawing from life/still life (not from photographs)
  • Drawings/Visual studies using a range of different media and demonstrating colour exploration including painting, collage, etc.
  • Any photographic work (optional) or support work of personal interest
  • Photographs of 3D work
  • Digital work: either printed or as files on a USB stick