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We have pulled together some top tips to help you to build your portfolio ready for your interview.

Art and Design courses

Year Zero; Animation BA (Hons); Animation MDes; Fine Art BA (Hons); Graphic Design BA (Hons); Graphic Design MDes; Illustration BA (Hons); Illustration MDes; Interior Design BA (Hons); Fashion BA (Hons); Textiles BA (Hons); Fashion and Fashion Marketing BA (Hons)

  1. Put your best most recent work first, and remember quality over quantity.
  2. Things to include: drawing, painting, images of sculptures, mixed media, installations, fashion design, costume, fashion accessories, surface and textiles design, printmaking, photography, illustration techniques, animation, logo design, packaging design, animations, digital design and CAD examples, furniture design, jewellery and product design.
  3. We would like to see your sketchbooks, notebooks and work in progress. So if you bring these along, be able to talk through the processes you have been exploring.
  4. Your portfolio can be shown either digitally in PowerPoint, an online blog, Tumblr or Flickr or another website of your choice, or as a folder of work, or a journal, whatever is the most appropriate way for you to show us your work, your visual creativity and expression.
  5. Make sure you are proud of what you are showing us and use it to talk through the interview and ask us questions about your chosen field. Your aim with your portfolio is to demonstrate a high level of engagement with art and design subjects.

Art and Design Interview and Portfolio Advice Sheet 

Film and Media courses

Year Zero; Film Production BA (Hons); Media Production BA (Hons); Production Design BA (Hons)

  1. Your portfolio/showreel can contain a combination of moving-image work, and/or media related artefacts that you have created, such as design for the web, or a running order for a radio broadcast, and/or designs and pictures of set design, for example. The work should evidence a basic technical understanding of the discipline area, and the work presented, should evidence care and pride.
  2. Any photographs/sketches should not be smaller than 7 x 5 inches (17.78 cm x 12.7cm) and need not be larger than 10 x 8 inches (25.4cm x 20.32 cm).
  3. The selection of work should ideally include personal work as well as coursework to demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject area and independent thinking beyond the requirements of your current course.
  4. Supporting workbooks/sketchbooks/essays should also be present where possible, for the interview to demonstrate how you develop ideas and approaches and to show evidence of research, analysis and critical reflection.
  5. Evidence of reading about films/filmmakers/ creative media practitioners and visiting exhibitions or film festivals (eg Format Film Festival) would also be beneficial.
  6. For Production Design some examples of what could be in your portfolio are: drawing, painting, images of sculptures, mixed media, installations, fashion design, costume, fashion accessories, surface and textiles design, examples of printmaking, photography, illustration techniques, a storyboard, scriptwriting, animation, logo design, packaging design, or publicity and branding material that you have created. You may want to show us animations, films, digital design and CAD examples, furniture design, theatre design, jewellery and product design.

Film and Media Interview and Portfolio Advice Sheet

Music

Music BA (Hons), Popular Music with Music Technology BA (Hons)

We would like to hear your composition and arrangement work, and any performance recording you have. Your portfolio may be submitted and presented physically on a memory-stick, emailed or identified within online sources such as (SoundCloud, YouTube or similar). For more details please download our Music Advice Sheet.

Music Interview and Portfolio Advice Sheet

Music Technology and Production

Music Technology and Production BSc (Hons) 

What we look for in a portfolio for any of our Art and Design programmes are examples of your work.  This can include work you are currently producing for any of your courses of study, or materials that you are developing outside of your studies.  We look for a broad range of skills, ideas and thinking processes.  Our key aim is to look at your portfolio to see your potential as a student of Music Technology Production here at the University of Derby.

Think of your portfolio as an indication of you and a snapshot of your creativity.  We want to see what motivates you and what inspires you.  Most of all make sure you are proud of what you are showing us and use it to talk through the interview and ask us questions about your chosen field. Your aim with your portfolio is to demonstrate a high level of engagement with art and design subjects.

Your portfolio should include:

  • Recorded evidence of studio or computer-based music production. Ideally this would include a short video demonstrating your involvement in and familiarity with, the production process using computer software and/or studio hardware and must be your own work.
  • It should include at least three examples of your work – this can include music or soundscape etc
  • This can be as video clips on Youtube and/or Sound files on Sound cloud
  • Think of your portfolio as an indication of you and a snapshot of your creativity.  We want to see what motivates you and what inspires you.  Most of all make sure you are proud of what you are showing us.

Product Design

Year Zero; Product Design BA (Hons)

  1. Put your best and most recent work first. Your portfolio may include: Concept sketches, development drawings, images of 3D outcomes, presentation drawings, paintings, photography, publicity and branding material that you have created. An example of your written work should also be included – this could be a work in progress.
  2. If your portfolio is Design Technology based, edit it to highlight your design work and resulting 3D outcomes, don’t simply include your whole A Level project.
  3. Quality over quantity. We’re looking for your best pieces not lots of samples.
  4. Your portfolio can be shown either digitally in PowerPoint, or as a folder of work, whatever is the most appropriate way for you to show us your visual creativity and expression.   
  5. Photograph any difficult to transport, heavy or 3D work.

Product Design Interview and Portfolio Advice Sheet

Photography related programmes

Year Zero; Commercial Photography BA (Hons); Photography BA (Hons)

  1. Your portfolio should contain between 12 to 15 images of excellent print quality, presented with care and pride in a portfolio case or box.
  2. Print size should not be smaller than 7 x 5 inches (17.78 cm x 12.7cm) and need not be larger than 12 x 16 inches/A3 (30.48cm x 40.64cm).
  3. Include some personal work as well as coursework to demonstrate your enthusiasm and independent thinking.
  4. Workbooks should also be present for the interview to demonstrate how you develop ideas and approaches to image making and to show evidence of research, analysis and critical reflection.
  5. Evidence of reading about photography/photographers/films/filmmakers/ creative media practitioners and visiting exhibitions or photography/film festivals (e.g. Format) would also be beneficial.

Photography Interview and Portfolio Advice Sheet 

Technical Theatre and Costume and Set Design programmes

Technical Theatre BA (Hons); Costume and Set Design BA (Hons) 

  1. Put your best most recent work first, and remember quality over quantity.
  2. Things to include: almost anything that shows us what you can do and where your interests lie. Drawing, painting, images of sculptures, mixed media, installations, costume designs, samples of sewing or costume makes, set or props designs, surface and textiles design, printmaking, photography, illustration techniques, digital design and CAD examples, models, etc.
  3. Photograph any difficult to transport, heavy or 3D work.
  4. We would like to see your sketchbooks, notebooks and work in progress. So if you bring these along, be able to talk through the processes you have been exploring.
  5. Evidence of shows, events or productions with which you have been involved. Programmes, photographs, setting lists, prompt copies, lighting plans, cue lists, reviews, etc.
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