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.

Preparing a Creative Work Portfolio

We recommend you prepare a creative work portfolio that demonstrates quality rather than quantity of work. Be selective of your project work, showing ideas as well as finished artefacts or presentations.

We understand that by its very nature, creative work can be diverse. Applicants to our courses in Digital Interaction Design/ Product Design/ Interior & Environmental Design are engaged in computing, technology, art & design and spatial design in very different ways.

We consider all creative portfolio work including: websites, videos, blogs, computer graphics, sound recordings, things you have engineered, photographs, sketchbooks, posters, paintings, drawings, models, 2D & 3D prototypes you have made by hand or digitally drawn.

Creative work may also include inspiration or creation of music, dance, drama and poetry.

Application consideration process (Overseas and Rest of UK students)

Based on the information contained in your UCAS application, selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview to present their creative portfolio.

We encourage you to prepare your personal statements with your specialist discipline in mind. It is also very important to select a referee who will fully support your application.

Digital Portfolios

If you are unable to present your creative work portfolio in person, we offer submission of a digital portfolio and an interview via Skype as an alternative; however we strongly encourage all those invited to attend interview. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design have a digital portfolio submission format, which we will forward to you when necessary.

Please select no less than 15 images based on the information provided below.

Digital Folio Submission Format

We accept the following:

  • 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.

You can also provide us with the URL of your blog, website and any on-line folio of creative work. We can look at this as well as review your images.

If you are unable to present your creative work portfolio in person, we offer submission of a digital portfolio and an interview via Skype as an alternative; however we strongly encourage all those invited to attend interview.

Digital Portfolio Content

The main content of your portfolio will demonstrate aspects of your design process, a variation of the Design Council’s double diamond Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver.

You will select how you structure your portfolio, either by projects or themes. We would like to see your comments on our core values, either in the narrative of you annotations or project analysis.

Top tips

  • Create a contents page to structure your projects and demonstrate your skills
  • Make sure your images are clear, bright and a scale suitable to view online
  • Use a typographic font that is legible for online viewing

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.

Digital/Portfolio Guidelines

Within your portfolio submission, we would ask that you evidence work that connects with our core values.

Our values emerge as themes through design practice: People, Place, Technology and Design. Ideally, we want to view your digital portfolio/read your supporting statement/question responses as if we are having a face-to-face conversation with you.

We want to know if you are comfortable with our values and share them.

We have prepared some probing questions connected to our three values and themes to encourage you to have a conversation with us while preparing your portfolio.

  • From a People perspective, we all have different needs and we want to hear how you think your designs will make people’s lives better. Who would you like to design for? What problems did you notice that inspired you to redesign an existing product or devise a new one? What did you learn from prototyping and model-making? How did others respond to your designs? How did you resolve issues around form, aesthetics and ergonomics?
  • From a Place perspective, what types of environments interest you in terms of places of work, home or play?  Which artists, designers, architects and mavericks do you admire?  How do you generate ideas? Which creative processes and skills do you like to use to express your ideas (digital, hand-made etc.) How do you relate to people and places when you develop interior ideas 
  • From a Design perspective, what designers or companies do you admire? Is there a period in design history that inspires you? What tools and techniques do you use in the design process that shows your skills? What aspects of the thinking and making process do you enjoy?
  • From a Technology perspective, you need to think and plan how you tell your story: tell us how you perhaps use open source code or deconstruct your computer. Are there tech trends that interest you, screen designs, human interfaces or social networking platforms? Have you worked with materials, structures or electronics to develop designs? Explain why you love working with technology and what got you started

Application Decision

Based on your application/interview, a decision will be made and notified to you via UCAS Track.

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

djcadundergraduate@dundee.ac.uk