Architecture BA (Hons) - Portfolio Guidelines

The purpose of the portfolio interview is to try and assess each student’s potential and ability to benefit from the course. This will take the form of a discussion around the applicant’s range of interests and focus on their portfolio of work. The interview is a two-way process: the interviewer wants to see what skills and interests the applicant has, so it is important to spend some time preparing your portfolio.

A Level 4 portfolio should demonstrate the following things;

  • Working with concepts and ideas
  • Range of materiality/process/techniques
  • Exploration of concepts

Students applying for First Year are not necessarily expected to submit an ‘architectural’ portfolio. We like to see evidence of current interests and activities in the form of freehand sketches, drawings, collages, photographs, films etc.

A level 5 & 6 portfolio should include;

  • Clear ideas and development
  • Architectural approach
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Design abilities

Students with previous architectural or design experience may apply for entry into level 5&6. They will be expected to submit a portfolio of their work to date; but also unfinished work, drawings, sketches, photographs and independent interests. Evidence of full-time architectural study is essential. Students entering the Third Year must be registered for 120 credits and must attend a full time study to be eligible for RIBA/ARB part 1. It is worthwhile including examples of work carried out in an architectural practice as the interviewer may wish to look at them. Transcripts must be provided with portfolio or at Interview.