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for Jewellery & Metal Design BDes (Hons)
This information is for applicants to Jewellery and Metal Design BDes (Hons) 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
Your sketchbook should be used as a tool for developing your thought processes. Demonstrate how you develop an idea, project or concept.
Show us how extensive your research is and how thoroughly you develop your visual and spatial research before arriving at the final outcome.
Creativity and originality
Highlighting your creativity and originality could take the form of designed solutions, final material sampling and resolved paper design work.
Practical competence and application of skills
We’d like you to show how skilled you are material handling. You may wish to show this through:
- application of media through drawing
- craftsmanship in material handling
- consideration of material choice
- appropriateness of application
Show us evidence of your understanding or empathy with materials, surfaces, structures or artefacts.
Quality, presentation and selection of work
We’d like you to show us a portfolio which is professionally presented and clearly communicates your work.
Engagement with the subject
Demonstrate how well you have researched the subject area. Show us your knowledge, understanding and awareness of Jewellery and Metal Design, as well as the broader art and design landscape.
You should demonstrate an awareness of historical and/or contemporary jewellery designers.
Applied for more than one Art & Design course?
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 release them in phases depending on when your application has been assessed by our Admissions Team.
After you have been invited
You should upload your digital portfolio as soon as possible after you receive the email invitation. The final deadline is 15 February 2021.
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. You will then be invited to attend an on-line event to meet with academic staff to allow you to ask questions about the School and Courses.
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 on-line in March. You will also have the opportunity to show additional work at your interview. Full details will be included in your interview invitation.
Upload your digital portfolio
We will consider all aspects of your application including qualifications, personal statement, reference, and portfolio. It is therefore important when completing your UCAS application to include all relevant qualifications including any obtained at High School (where applicable).