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 

You will be invited to submit approximately 15 images (in pdf format) which best describe your work.

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.

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

Your selection should provide us with a ‘taster’ of e.g. the range of design problems you have tackled to date related to your current work and demonstrate the way you think in response to a design challenge.

In terms of work for print, this could include poster design, editorial layout, packaging, direct mail, promotional and marketing concepts etc. If you have produced any work in terms of motion graphics/time-based outputs, contemporary media e.g. web/apps design then please include examples. Responses to tutor-set briefs e.g. D&AD, YCN, MPA Roses etc and self-motivated work are all relevant for inclusion.

Digital Portfolio 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

Download our guide for more information:

Graphic Design Portfolio Guide

Full details on submitting your digital portfolio via Drop Box will be provided when we send the formal request.

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