for Fine Art BA (Hons)
This information is for applicants to Fine Art who have received an invitation to upload their digital portfolio for assessment
About your portfolio
As part of your application to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, you need to submit a digital portfolio of work showcasing your development, creativity, skills, presentation and enthusiasm for your creative practice.
Your digital portfolio should consist of one PDF file showing of up to 15 pages of work.
- One PDF document with up to 15 pages of work and one contents page
- No more than 50MB
- Named using your full name and student ID number for example MaryAnnBaxter_1234567.pdf
Including text and image
Each page should contain high quality images of your work - you can have more than 1 image on each page.
You should include a brief description of each piece of work indicating media, size and date produced (for example Image 1 – Acrylic paint, 30cmx15cm, November 2019).
Some example pages are provided below. This is just one example - your layout, type of work and style may be totally different, but you should aim for a similar balance of text and image.
Including video content (optional)
You can include up to 5 minutes of video content by sharing a link to a video hosting service (like YouTube or Vimeo) or cloud storage (like Dropbox or OneDrive) in your digital portfolio.
Make sure your link is publicly accessible (or provide a password if your video is password protected). Do not provide us with your personal login details.
- Demonstrate your creative ideas, skills, abilities and personality
- Show examples of your thinking and developmental process (usually in the form of pages from your sketchbook)
- Carefully consider the order of the content displayed in your portfolio. You may wish to arrange your work by a particular theme or by specific projects undertaken.
- Make sure your images are clear, bright and at a scale suitable to view online
- Use typography that is legible for online viewing
What we expect
Your portfolio will be assessed across five criteria:
- research, development and sketchbooks
- creativity and originality
- practical competence and application of skills
- quality, presentation and selection of work
- engagement with the subject
You should keep these criteria in mind when deciding what to include in your portfolio. Demonstrating your journey from inspiration to outcome and showing the range and quality of your creative skills, is as important as polished, final pieces of work.
Research, development and sketchbooks
Provide evidence of your working process by showing examples of sketchbook work, maquettes or any other medium which forms part of your development when creating a final work.
Creativity and originality
Show us examples of imaginative thinking and your independent initiative by including work created beyond the school or college curriculum. This should be evident in the work you select as part of your portfolio.
Practical competence and application of skills
Show evidence of your skills through your work. This could be examples of work using different materials relevant to your chosen medium(s).
Quality, presentation and selection of work
Make sure your artworks are photographed to the highest possible standard and include information on the scale of the work and materials used. Only select the strongest examples that represent your work and avoid duplicate images of the same work.
Engagement with the subject
Show evidence of a passion for contemporary art. For example, include information on gallery visits or other cultural experiences that have inspired you and artists who have influenced your choice of work presented in your portfolio.
You need to upload a portfolio for each course you have applied for.
You may choose to include different work in each portfolio to showcase your strengths, but this is not a requirement.
Receiving your invitation
When you are invited to upload your portfolio, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address. You will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.
Rather than issuing all invitations at once, we released them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team.
After you have been invited
You will have fourteen days to upload your portfolio.
If you are unsuccessful
We will let you know the outcome of your application via UCAS and by email to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address.
If you are made an offer
You will receive an offer (conditional or unconditional) via UCAS and by email to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email address.
If you are invited to interview
You will receive an invitation by email, but you will not be notified on UCAS. Interviews will take place in March and you will need to bring your portfolio with you. Full details will be included in your interview invitation.