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Portfolio Guides

Your portfolio provides us with the chance to view your work and see your interest in studying Fashion at Northumbria. We really want to find out about you and your interests in design alongside other interests you may have.

What should I include in my portfolio?

Fashion related content

  • Drawing; garment observation drawing, design development drawings including construction or special details and hand-drawn or digital fashion illustration.
  • Concept, colour and fabric references that capture fashion concepts.
  • Fashion market and inspirational muse references.
  • Any garment development and making that you have done.

If you feel you do not have this covered you could try to draw some of your own garments and turn these in to a mini fashion collection that shows your fashion creativity.

Please include examples of any sketchbooks you may have from your previous studies.

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.

Final Year Student Digital Portfolios

Our Fashion BA (Hons) course is internationally renowned for its high-calibre graduates, recognised for their creative and conceptual fashion design talents. View some of our student digital portfolios.

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