What is a university portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of your creative work. It's a way to demonstrate your ability to your chosen university. Your portfolio should be submitted as a digital document.
What should you include in a portfolio?
The kinds of things you'll need to include in your digital portfolio depends on the course you're applying for. We've split our 'what to include' by subject area below. Just select the subject area you're applying for and you can find out the kind of thing that's best to include in your portfolio. Remember it's about quality not quantity – aim for between 10-20 pieces maximum.
This year, our interviews will be online, so your portfolio should be digital too. The format you choose for your portfolio is up to you, but it does need to be digital and capable of being submitted via an online link that doesn't require a password or login.
You could present your digital potfolio as a document or slideshow, or even a video if you have moving image work to include.
Make sure you include good quality photographs or scans of any drawings, paintings, prints, 3D or other non-digital work and consider including captions that give details of the size, medium and content of your work.
Don't have access to all your work?
We understand you might not have access to all your work because of the pandemic. Don't hold up your interview date if this is the case, you can just create the portfolio with what you have and add a note if you want to mention bigger pieces that you don't currently have access to. Once you've uploaded your portfolio link, we can then invite you to interview, and you can always talk us through the pieces you couldn't include.
Don't have a portfolio from this year?
If you don't have a traditional portfolio from your work over the last year and your chosen course requires one don't worry. You'll be able to respond to one of our Falmouth Challenges instead, giving you the chance to showcase your talent in a unique way. Find out more on our dedicated Challenges page.
In this kind of portfolio you'll need to include things like: preliminary sketches, observational drawings, finished pieces and final outcomes. Illustrations can be digital or hand drawn.
We also welcome paintings or colour work, to show how you can use, mix, control and communicate with colour.
You want to show a range of techniques and processes. If you do 3D work, then adding photographs of your work is a good way to showcase it.
If you've been to galleries and exhibitions and taken notes or sketches, then you can always include these as part of your portfolio.
In this kind of portfolio you'll need to include things like: observational, technical drawings and CAD renders.
If you've done 3D models and sculptures, then including photos of these is a great idea. Finished pieces and final outcomes should go in your portfolio. It's good to display a range of design processes and ways of working.
Show what inspires you by including notes and sketches that you've made of places and spaces that inspire you.
In this kind of portfolio you'll want to include observational drawings (digital or hand drawn) and a range of design processes and ways of working. You can even include GIFs that you've created as part of the portfolio.
Projects that show your process from brief to final outcome are great to include along with visual research and any sketchbooks or journals you might have.
In this kind of portfolio you'll want to include fashion illustration and drawings (digital or hand drawn). Adding in examples of textiles, prints and weave that you like is a good idea. Collages are also welcome.
Photos of finished pieces and final outcomes can be included. Fashion photography and sketchbooks or journals you have of visual research and idea generation can be included. In all this you'll want to display a range of techniques and design processes.
In this kind of portfolio you'll want to include storyboards and film stills. A short showreel of moving image work is a good idea to put in your portfolio to show what you can do. It doesn't have to be long; short 60 second clips will be plenty.
GIFs that you've designed can also be included.
Preliminary sketches and observational drawings can be included along with photos, paintings, photos of sculpture work and design work.
In this kind of portfolio, you can include a mix of still or moving image work that demonstrates your photography skills, visual awareness, creativity and storytelling.
Your portfolio should include examples of your edited photography. We want to see evidence of idea development through sketchbooks, workbooks, notebooks or creative journals/blogs.
You may also include examples of essay writing or creative writing if you feel this is relevant.
If you've applying for a course that involves creative writing, you do not need to provide a portfolio. Instead, we are asking you to respond to a Falmouth Challenge
Visiting our Preparing for your interview page and find the course(s) that you've applied for to see the relevant interview preparation.
If you are applying for a course that will involve elements of game design or creation, we would love to see some of the following:
Creative Computer work, e.g. 2D and/or 3D, digital composites, Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), Computer Aided Design (CAD), computer games. Remember, our course leaders love to see evidence of your thought processes, so please keep a record of your workings.
Why do you need a portfolio?
This is your chance to show not just your creative ability but also your personality. No one can create like you do so make the most of your digital portfolio.
How do you make a portfolio?
Think of your portfolio like a good story. You'll want a beginning, a middle and an end. It'll showcase your process, including sketchbooks and preliminary work. It's worth putting in a variety of techniques and processes. Remember, it's about quality over quantity.