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    Well, the UCAS deadlines for me is the 15th January. Been nervous all year, and it's finally coming down to the last couple of weeks. I've been working on my portfolio, gathering as much material as I can without an HNC or any other sort of portfolio course. However, my mind's been messing with me, and it's been keeping me up at nights. I have my portfolio, or what I can call one, in a state that I can present at an interview, but is it natural to feel like you don't have enough? And even when you do more, it still feels like you won't have enough come the end?

    Taking a step back from the psychology of it all, does anyone have any examples of their portfolios which they presented at their initial interview to study architecture anywhere? Not looking for any sort of sympathy vote, but I've been trying to decide on what factors the universities will decide upon and what they'd like to see more of, and it's been pretty difficult without any external help.
    Would anyone be able to show me what level their work was presented at, and the quantity of it? And also, in the hope to not be pushing my luck, would anyone be able to write a sort of "check-list", for want of a better phrase, of the sort of material which would improve my portfolio, kinda' make it stand out from the rest (while showing the school what they want to see, obviously).

    Sorry for the wall of text, this has just been playing on my mind,
    Thanks in advance for any help at all.


    The portfolio question is a common one we see on this sub-forum, take some time to search through the top threads.

    This is the portfolio that got me onto my course at Westminster last year:

    I was confident I had enough strong work because I took a foundation focussing on fine art, and I was a similar standard to people who were applying to Fine Art at good unis. I do understand your position because I didn't formally take art the year before and applied with anything I could cobble together.

    In terms of what Unis are looking for, it's developed final pieces of artwork and also things that show raw ability to sketch. Drawings of real life are good, portraits and life drawing figures usually show off skills at representing form better than landscapes. Some representation of a space is good, showing you can do shadows and perspective. Sculpture is also good, anthing showing off building skills, card is something you can work with yourself quite easily if you can't do clay or whatever. Other things you can do are paintings in whatever medium of anything that interests you. All the work you should be able to talk about, notice I've got an explanation of each piece, talking about what I was trying to do, or the concept behind the work.

    One thing to remember is that the unis are likely to ask for a digital portfolio first, so you need all your work photographed well, do this now so you don't need to rush it next year, just select the number of images they want.

    The actual portfolio you take to interviews would be helped with a sketchbook of development for the pieces, showing you thought about the content or placement for the pieces, etc. It should have a lot of rough sketches of anything and everything around you as well.

    There are no rules though, but I think the stuff I've mentioned is obvious guidance, and is supported by what they expect of you when you're on the course.
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