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 required to bring your portfolio to the interview as you will have the opportunity to discuss your work with us.

Your portfolio can include a range of things that demonstrate your breadth of creative interests such as drawing, mark-making, photography, painting, computer work, fabric samples and sketchbooks. The work contained within your portfolio should also demonstrate an awareness of colour, pattern, surface and scale. Sketchbooks are regarded as being of great value in recording images and exploring ideas therefore it is important that you can discuss these with us.  Written work in the form of a project summary is also very welcome as it helps us understand the rationale for projects that you have already undertaken.

International Applicants

Selected international applicants will be invited, on the basis of the information within the UCAS application form, to submit a digital folio and may subsequently be interviewed via Skype/telephone. Full details of the digital portfolio submission process will be provided as necessary.

Digital Portfolio Guidelines

Please select 15 images based on the information provided below for your chosen specialist subject area.

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

Process – your research & development

Show us how you research and develop your ideas in a sketchbook (or similar).  Show us your research and development, thought process related to a specific project or body of work. We are looking to see how you think through an idea/project/concept, how extensive your research is and how thoroughly you develop your visual or spatial research before arriving at the final outcome.

Try to demonstrate:

  • How you develop and retain the essence of your drawn research or mark making into finished design work
  • How you explore colour, scale, pattern, structure and composition
  • Your contextual or background research and subject (textiles) awareness.Your range of media handling skills (paint, inks, pastels, pencil, collage, photography etc.)

Drawing & Documentation– creating primary research (How you look, observe and record visual information)

Show a selection of drawing/drawing approaches from a source/s or projects of your choice. Ideally these should exhibit a confident and varied handling of media whilst demonstrating strong observational skills i.e. the ability to observe, document and explore (visually or spatially) your chosen source/s in order to extract information with potential for further development into a final outcome or solution.

Other forms of visual or spatial documentation such as photography fall into this category.

Try to demonstrate:

  • An awareness of scale and composition
  • An intelligent and varied use of colour
  • A general sense of visual enquiry within your drawings
  • Appropriate matching (or selection) of media with your chosen subject matter

Making & Materials – surfaces, structures & product

Evidence of an understanding or empathy with materials, surfaces, structures or artefacts

Try to demonstrate:

  • An awareness or empathy with fabric (and/or ‘other’ substrates such as paper, plastics etc.)
  • Your technical ability through the production of a final product / outcome
  • An interest in surface manipulation, applique, stitchery, embellishment etc.

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

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.