READ ON FOR ADVICE FROM UNIVERSITY LECTURERS ON CREATING A STAND OUT PRE-UNIVERSITY PORTFOLIO...
Getting a place at university is extremely competitive and fashion courses are no exception. An important part of fashion course interviews involve showing a portfolio of your work.
We spoke to Lecturers from top Graduate Fashion Week universities about their expectations for a great university application portfolio:
WHAT SHOULD MY PORTFOLIO INCLUDE?
• Sufficient insight into you as a designer, your portfolio is a showcase of all your work/commitment/skills from your course.
• Figurative drawing should be sufficiently communicative to seduce the viewer whilst technical drawing accurate.
• Ensure you clearly display your design process and the development from concept to realisation.
• Diversity – include both hand rendered and if you have the skill digitally enhanced drawing, alongside mood boards, good research and fabric samples.
• Photographs of your finished work, we don’t expect to see every final outcome/garment – but make sure you have a photograph to display how you realised your concept.
• Remember to edit, just include your best work, we don’t need to see every single drawing you have done.
WHAT FORMAT SHOULD MY PORTFOLIO BE?
• What matters the most is the content, however A4 and A3 size have become increasingly popular due to the ease of handling and viewing.
• Choose either landscape or portrait presentation then stick to this throughout the portfolio, as mixing the presentation distracts the viewer.
SHOULD MY PORTFOLIO BE IN A SPECIFIC ORDER?
• Keep your work grouped into projects, clean and logical.
• Start with the project that says the most about you as a designer and go from there.
• From observation, the first three pages are required for the viewer to determine whether they wish to view the rest of the portfolio. These need impact.
HOW MUCH WORK SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PORTFOLIO?
• Remember to edit your work; we want to see the very best.
• Around forty sheets or sides, plus one excellent research sketchbook or journal of investigation displayed separately.
• Around five projects of work would be the maximum amount needed to convey your style.
WHAT MAKES AN EXCITING PORTFOLIO?
• Innovation. Research and content that displays rarely seen visual reference, ‘craft’ techniques or materials that have been rediscovered.
• Personality – seeing somebody’s individuality and character shine through.
• Care and attention to detail – creativity and a love of the subject.
• Anything done above and beyond the course-work is impressive.
Above all, be proud of your work and good luck!
With thanks to Douglas Maclennan at Northumbria University, Wendy Dagworthy at the Royal College of Art and Christine Ratcliff at the University of Salford.