Portfolio information

BA (Hons) Illustration (including with Foundation Year)

The School of Arts is ambitious, bold and has an essence of brilliance in shaping Derby as a hub of creativity. We're intrigued by new ideas and concepts, encouraging our students to take risks, experiment with their ideas and processes and develop their creative voice.

Your portfolio is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills, interests, and personality for the course you are applying for.

Offers will be made initially based on your application, including predicted grades and/or grades you have already achieved. Following this, if you submit a strong portfolio we will make you an unconditional offer, to reflect the quality of your work and your potential.

What should I submit for my portfolio?

How do I submit my portfolio?

Send us your portfolio via email at myportfolio@derby.ac.uk. We understand that some of your work will not be in a digital format, for any physical pieces of work please take a photograph of it and submit the photograph.

What if I haven't studied the subject before?

We recognise that some applicants may not have studied their subject before, which is why we are interested in seeing your potential. Submit whatever you think reflects you and your potential for the course you're applying to.

How to create a great portfolio

It can be difficult to know what to include in a portfolio that will best showcase your work and individualism. In the following video, David McGravie, Deputy Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education, provides advice on what a portfolio is and what sort of work you should include.

David McGravie, Deputy Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Education and Head of the School of Arts

View How to create a great portfolio video transcript