Date of entry

September 2023

This information is for applicants to Product Design MSc who have received an invitation to upload their digital portfolio for assessment

About your portfolio

As part of your application to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, you need to submit a digital portfolio of work showcasing your development, creativity, skills, presentation and enthusiasm for your creative practice.

Portfolio format

Your digital portfolio should consist of one PDF file showing of up to 15 pages of work.

File format

  • One PDF document with up to 15 pages of work and one contents page
  • No more than 50MB
  • Named using your full name and student ID number e.g. MaryAnnBaxter_1234567.pdf

Including text and image

  • Keep to the 15-page limit – remember it is quality over quantity
  • Each page should contain high quality images of your work - you can have more than 1 image on each page
  • Don't cram each page with lots of images - give your work room to 'breathe'
  • Make sure your images are clear, bright and at a scale suitable to view online
  • Use typography that is legible for online viewing

Some example pages are provided below. This is just one example - your layout, type of work and style may be totally different, but you should aim for a similar balance of text and image.

Including video content (optional)

You can include up to 5 minutes of video content by sharing a link to a video hosting service (like YouTube or Vimeo) or cloud storage (like Dropbox or OneDrive) in your digital portfolio.

Make sure your link is publicly accessible (or provide a password if your video is password protected). Do not provide us with your personal login details.


  • Demonstrate your creative ideas, skills, abilities and personality
  • Show examples of your thinking and developmental process (usually in the form of pages from your sketchbook)
  • Carefully consider the order of the content displayed in your portfolio. You may wish to arrange your work by a particular theme or by specific projects undertaken.
  • Make sure your images are clear, bright and at a scale suitable to view online
  • Use typography that is legible for online viewing

What we expect

Personal statement (500 words)

This should demonstrate your interest in applying to the product design programme and showcase what makes you stand out from the crowd. Be sure to pay particular attention to the University of Dundee’s core values and philosophy.

Design portfolio

You will also need to submit a design portfolio which should focus on quality rather than quantity. We consider all creative work in the context of design, and should include some of the following:

  • Contextual research
  • Visual mapping techniques
  • Sketching
  • Drawings
  • CAD rendering
  • Model making
  • Prototypes
  • Finished artefacts
  • any other design related work
Applied for more than one Art & Design course?

You need to upload a portfolio for each course you have applied for.

You may choose to include different work in each portfolio to showcase your strengths, but this is not a requirement.


Receiving your invitation

When you are invited to upload your portfolio, we will email your invitation to both your personal and email address.

Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we released them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team. We will request your portfolio within three weeks of receiving your application.

After you have been invited

You will have fourteen days to upload your portfolio.


If you are unsuccessful

We will let you know the outcome of your application by email to both your personal and email address.

If you are made an offer

You will receive an offer (conditional or unconditional) by email to both your personal and email address.

Upload your digital portfolio

You need to upload your digital portfolio to My Applications on eVision.

Any questions?

Portfolio guidance

Help with My Applications