Photojournalism - BA (Hons) – portfolio guidelines

The purpose of the portfolio submissions is to assess your potential and ability to benefit from the course. The tutor wants to see what skills and interests you have so it is important to spend some time preparing your portfolio.

As well as photography, the portfolio may include written work, drawings and other two-dimensional works, including sketchbooks. Large pieces of work and three-dimensional work should be presented using photographs. You're advised to be selective when preparing your portfolio and written work to present those pieces that you feel best represent your creative ability.

You will be asked to provide the following:

A) A 200-word article on a recent event that has affected your local area.

The writing must be original and all your own work. Please save the piece as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with your name and ID number in the file name.

B) A short photographic portfolio consisting of:

20 to 30 photographs, arranged in three or four projects (these do not necessarily need to be photojournalism – they could be any type of project – for example, documentary photography, portraits, fine art, fashion or experimental).

Online/digital portfolio submissions

An online portfolio may be requested if you are an international student or cannot attend an interview for some other reason.

The same course guidance applies as for a hard-copy portfolio but your selected work needs to be scanned (where necessary) and arranged in a clear way in either Microsoft PowerPoint or as a PDF.

You will be asked to upload the file to the London Metropolitan University Applicant Portal – a username and password will be sent to you in an official email. 

PowerPoint

You can provide a digital portfolio as a Microsoft Office PowerPoint show file (.pps or .ppsx), ideally one image per slide, with a maximum of three.

Please include a clear contents slide at the start of the Powerpoint file.

Notes should be used for each slide image including the title of the work, date, materials and dimensions (in cm x cm for 2D and cm x cm x cm for 3D).

Please use stills only – do not attempt to embed any moving image in the PowerPoint file. Please name your PowerPoint file only as below (ie, in no other way).

Maximum file size: 5MB.

PDF

You can also provide your portfolio as a single Adobe PDF file, with one to three images per page with clear annotations and notes.

Please include a clear contents page at the start of the PDF.

Notes should be used for each slide image including the title of the work, date, materials and dimensions (in cm x cm for 2D and cm x cm x cm for 3D).

Please use stills only – do not attempt to embed any moving image in the PDF file. Name the PDF file only as below (ie, in no other way).

Maximum file size: 5MB.

What to call the file

Please name your file as follows: use the word 'Portfolio' followed by your surname in upper case, then by your first name in lower case and finally your London Met or UCAS ID Number.

(For example: Portfolio_SMITHJohn_1234567890).