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.
You will be invited to submit a digital portfolio in the first instance comprising a maximum of 15 images (jpeg or pdf format) which show a range of project work and a text file listing the images, giving a brief explanation of the project and/or the aim of the art work. Sketchbook pages can be included in the 15 images. Your portfolio should preferably be submitted as one file and not a list of multiples.
Full details of the digital portfolio submission process will be provided when we send the formal request to submit.
Ideally your portfolio should give evidence of:
- good basic drawing ability
- visual expression: liveliness and/or sensitivity
- your understanding/appreciation of colour as perceived and a capacity to handle coloured media
- commitment in your work
- early school work that has been superseded by later, more mature work need not be submitted; there is no virtue in quantity alone
You are advised to seek the help of your Art & Design Teacher/Tutor in the presentation of an admissions portfolio.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Portfolio 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
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.