In light of the Covid-19 situation, as part of the updated application process we are asking students to submit an e-portfolio to Admissions via our portal. You will receive an email with information on how to upload your e-portfolio. You may submit a series of images, a work document or a presentation (saved as either PDF, JPEGs, Word or PowerPoint) and not exceed 30MB in total.

You will need to submit 8–10 images of work that demonstrates your creativity and art and design skills. Please read the guidance below which outlines what we are looking for. You do not need to separate each criteria into an image as one image may show us multiple skills. Where possible, you should ensure that you photograph your work carefully and in good light to show it to its best advantage.

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Selection Criteria

What we are looking for

Personal statement that demonstrates your interests and knowledge of art, design and culture (on application form)

We want to find out what excites and inspires you about studying art and design.

  • Which artists or designers have influenced you and your work?
  • Are there any galleries, exhibitions or events you have visited that have been influential?
  • How do you stay current and up to date with contemporary art and design?
  • What do you hope to gain from studying an Extended Diploma course?
  • And what are your aspirations for the future?

We also like to know a little bit about what you do outside of art and design, such as hobbies, interests, other influences.

E-portfolio: Drawing/Visualising

We like to see drawing in all its forms; experimental, technical, but particularly drawing that demonstrates your ability to record the three-dimensional world around you (ideally not from photographs).


We will be looking at the visual quality of your work noting your use of things like, composition, form, space, line, tone and/or colour.

E-portfolio: Making use of a range of media, materials and approaches

We are aware that the range you are able to demonstrate will depend on your current studies and work availability. We will look at the range of media, techniques and processes you have used.


We’d like to see diversity in your work so where possible show us more than one approach or use of media. This could include for example, drawing, painting, collage, photography, model-making, textiles or printmaking.

E-portfolio: Creativity, research and problem solving

We are interested to see how you develop your ideas, what informs them? How you approached a brief and how you have made decisions to solve it. What has inspired you, where do you look for inspiration (your research skills)? We will typically see this through images of sketchbook pages, idea/design development work, trials, samples, experiments (2D & 3D).

International applicants
International applicants will be invited to submit their portfolio by email. We accept a range of formats including PDF, PowerPoint and url links to online portfolios. Please click here for more information or contact the International Office if you have any questions about the application process.