Liverpool School of Art and Design Portfolio Guidance

Architecture

Your digital portfolio is a selection of work undertaken in your studies as well as any self-motivated work carried out that we can view online.

We typically recommend including 15–20 images of your work that is relevant to the course you have applied for. Typically for Architecture this includes.

  • Drawings from observation, collages, designs
  • Developmental sketches that reveal a conceptual thought process
  • Images and 3D work that reveal an understanding of, composition and proportion
  • Creative digital images and or digital 3D work
  • Any work experience to date

Images should have a title and a short explanation (one sentence is sufficient). Images should be saved as a continuous pdf file.

Interior Architecture

Your digital portfolio is a selection of work undertaken in your studies as well as any self-motivated work carried out that we can view online.

We typically recommend including 15–20 images of your work that is relevant to the course you have applied for. Typically for Interior Architecture this includes.

  • Drawings from observation, collages, designs
  • Developmental sketches that reveal a conceptual thought process
  • Images and 3D work that reveal an understanding of, composition, proportion and colour
  • Creative digital images and or digital 3D work
  • Any work experience to date

Images should have a title and a short explanation (one sentence is sufficient). Images should be saved as a continuous pdf file.

Fashion Design and Communication

Your portfolio will be a collection of drawings, images, documentation that represents your work.

This could include photographic content, written text, graphics and illustrations. It should contain a well-presented collection of work that is creative and imaginative. When compiling your portfolio, you should work where possible with your current teachers at school or college, who know your strengths and can also give you a fresh perspective. The portfolio should give an insight into your work and it is intended to demonstrate your capabilities, personal style and potential.

Tutors want to see your current ideas, practices, methodologies and lines of interest. Ensure you include your best work and annotate each piece, sketchbook or object carefully.

Fine Art

Your portfolio could include drawing, painting, print, photography, film, sound, written text, sculpture, installation, performance etc. It should contain a well-presented collection of work that is creative and imaginative, with as much variety as possible. When compiling your portfolio, where possible you should work with your current teachers at school or college, who know your strengths and can also give you a fresh perspective. The portfolio should give an insight into your work and it is intended to demonstrate your capabilities, personal vision and ambitions.

Tutors want to see your current ideas, practices, methodologies and lines of interest. While you will probably include your best work, you can include things that didn't work: you can briefly annotate what you are showing to make us aware of how you feel about the work and what you think it is doing.

Graphic Design and Illustration

You have two options for submitting your portfolio: a Digital Portfolio or a Website

Your Digital Portfolio or Website should contain an ordered, consistent and edited selection of your work that reflects you, your thinking, your skills and your ambition. It should showcase your approach, e.g. sketchbooks showing research and development / test pieces as well as your final, completed outcomes. We would like to see examples of your drawing skills and if possible this should include life drawing. Please also include self directed work and/or any work you may have completed as a hobby, freelance, volunteering, etc. For each piece of work please write a short sentence that explains what you did and why.

We will be looking for:

  • Research & development - evidence of a how you approach your work from brief to outcome

  • Skills & competencies - evidence of a range of image making skills (particularly drawing) and visual literacy

  • Ambition & motivation - evidence of breadth, depth and problem solving in the approach to projects

  • Creativity & originality - evidence of your thinking and experimentation

  • Clarity & communication - evidence of your ability to select, present and explain your work

Option 1: Digital Portfolio

This should be uploaded as a single PDF file of no more than 20 pages. All text set at 9/10 point size. A useful guide on how to create a PDF from multiple files and files types can be found here.

Option 2: Website

Please make sure that the link to your site is not your admin login. We need the link to your published site, otherwise we won't have access rights. Please do not send sites that require Flash to upload the page. Suitable sites builders are: Cargo Collective, Muse, Wix, Wordpress, Squarespace.