These portfolio guidelines are designed to help you with your preparation for applying to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD).

We hope that you will find them useful. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Portfolio Guidelines

Prior to attending interview you should ensure that your portfolio is well organised and that development work accompanies the finished pieces.  It may be appropriate to bring 3D work e.g. packaging, to the interview but if this presents a problem, perhaps due to scale, then photographs can be shown.  You should also consider what to include in your portfolio remember the watchword is quality, not quantity! To this end you might consider editing-out any work which you feel does not meet the criteria.

You are advised to seek the help of your Art & Design Teacher/Tutor in the presentation of an admissions portfolio.

Digital Portfolio Guidelines

Please submit 15 images (and/or movies) that best describe your work. Your selection should provide us with a range of creative problems that demonstrate the way you think in response to design and or animation challenges.

Context and Research

We are interested in seeing a sample of your contextual and background research.

This is often found in your sketchbook work or development sheets. Please scan and layout examples of your research process alongside its associated resolved work.

Creative Process

We would like you to demonstrate your creativity within your portfolio. We are looking to see how you, as an individual, interpret a brief and produce creative ideas.

Project work could include poster design, editorial layout, packaging, direct mail, promotional and marketing concepts, graphics/time-based outputs and contemporary media e.g. web/apps design. Responses to D&AD, YCN or other student competitions and self-motivated work are all relevant for inclusion.

Note: Please provide a short summary of each brief and a description of your response alongside the visual work.

Media Skills

At this stage in your education we are looking for a broad range of media handling skills e.g. drawing, digital processes (Photoshop, vector graphics, Flash, 3D CGI etc.) digital or traditional collage, digital painting, photography, interactive media, experiments with typography, printmaking, paint, inks, pastels etc.

This would normally be covered by your selected projects or your development work; you can also include more expressive media-centric projects however. For Animation, research into the human body is of particular interest to us, so please be sure to include examples of drawing from life (e.g. life drawing) and or anatomical studies.  On-location drawings of humans and or animals in motion is also desirable.

Images or movies which demonstrate your understanding of storytelling through drawing, for examples, concept artwork, storyboarding and animation tests would also be beneficial.  We are particularly interested in your understanding of acting, timing and rhythm through storytelling drawings. Movies should be submitted in MP4 or QuickTime format.

Digital Portfolio Submission Format

We accept the following formats:

  • jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, tif, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, png and bmp file types are allowed and each file size limit of 5Mb
  • Movie files can be submitted providing links to YouTube/Vimeo or QuickTime movies

Tip

Early schoolwork that has been superseded by later, more mature work need not be submitted – please select the most up-to date and best quality examples that best represent you. 

Digital Portfolio Submission

You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.

If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

djcadundergraduate@dundee.ac.uk

These portfolio guidelines are designed to help you with your preparation for applying to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD).

We hope that you will find them useful. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.