How to present a Portfolio?

How to present a Portfolio?

Remember that entry requirements on portfolio application format and size can differ from course to course and level.

Check the Apply section of your chosen course webpage for more information. Be aware and prepared that some information may not have been shared on the specific university website. London Art Portfolio can give you the professional support and direction that you require at this early stage of your applications, to know how to present a portfolio. 

Recommendations on how to present your portfolio include:

  • There is a range of different sized portfolios to choose from, the A2 being an average, easy size. Visually and practically A2 is lighter to carry for both university and career interviews and applications. Some courses request for particular sizes.
  • Select your best work, from your prepared portfolio projects, supported by 2-3 full focused sketchbooks.
  • Add focused development work, reveal how you managed to resolve difficulties with a problematic concept, skills or processes. Avoid presenting a portfolio with only final outcomes.
  • Large pieces of work, such as canvases, sculptures and model making, need to photographed and presented in your portfolio.
  • Photography is expected to be of a high standard.
  • Create a momentum; a sense of story or concept of your personal journey as an artist or designer.
  • Avoid unnecessary borders, titles, and disruptive hand written text 
  • Mount your work simply onto thin white card to match the size of your portfolio.
  • Layout is fundamental for the presentation of your portfolio. This involves good judgement with a sense of continuity. Give this very careful consideration.
  • Be consistent with the orientation of the placement your artwork and decide carefully when to use landscape and portrait!
  • Consider placing your best projects at the front of your portfolio.
  • Start and end your portfolio with your strong pieces of work.
  • Make sure that your portfolio is relevant for the particular application that you have made – show variety.
  • Be ready, prepared and confident to talk about your portfolio of work at your interview.