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Portfolio Guides

A portfolio is a great way of expressing your personality, demonstrating your creativity, showing your interests, sharing your inspirations, capturing your conceptual thinking, critiquing the work of yourself and others, and providing evidence of your commitment to the subject that you have applied for.

When preparing your portfolio allow yourself plenty of time to put your portfolio together and make sure you are happy with it. If it helps talk it through with your teacher/tutor to ensure it’s a sufficient reflection of your creativity and personality.

Throughout the Fashion Design and Marketing programme you will be expected to draw and illustrate in all practical projects, eventually exiting upon graduation with a professional portfolio of design work. It is therefore important to evidence a variety of competent drawing skills in your portfolio. This could be anything from clear drawings of garments, to illustration and life drawing.

A portfolio carry case is a great way to present your work as it's easy to open and to leaf through. You may get asked about your portfolio so be prepared to talk about the research you undertook, your creative thought process and what inspires you.

Student Advice and Tips: Check out the handy '10 Portfolio Hints and Tips Guide' by our Fashion Communication student Bethany. 

If you have any queries you can contact the via Applicant Services team via or by calling 0191 406 0901.

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