Portfolio information

BA (Hons) Photography (including with Foundation Year)

The School of Arts is ambitious and 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 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. You may be given the opportunity, within your offer letter, to submit a portfolio. 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.

You may be contacted by our academic team to discuss your portfolio. This will give you the opportunity to participate in a 10/15-minute conversation about the work included in your portfolio.

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 for.

Is there a deadline to submit the portfolio?

Please submit your portfolio within four weeks of the request, however please be mindful of key deadline dates advertised on our website.

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. The following video provides advice on what a portfolio is and what sort of work you should include.

Portfolio advice video from the School of Arts at the University of Derby

View How to create a great portfolio video transcript

Video embed-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTFRegZFYC4