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    Hi,
    I am thinking about applying to few universities in UK and I have problems when it comes to portfolio. I'm from Poland and we have totally different system and the whole idea of portfolio is rare and no one can really tell me something useful. What should I include in portfolio? Should I use different techniques? Do I send original works or copies? I will appreciate any advice or link to similar previous discussion (because I couldn't found one).
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    Pretty obvious and I'm sure you've done this but just to clarify - check the university websites, they specify important details like whether they require originals and how many pages the portfolio should be.


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    on the whole, universities will request a portfolio from you after you've sent off your ucas form. most universities at this point will state if there's anything special they'd like to see in your portfolio - special tasks they might set etc.

    apart from that, it's really up to you. play to your strengths. most universities want to see that you can think creatively, and have at least some drawing skills. around portfolio request time, people tend to have the 3D work/no 3D work debate. again, it's really up to you; if that's where your strengths lie then by all means include it! in mine, most of the stuff i included was from my A level art; a mix of detailed/photorealistic biro and pencil studies, massive collages I'd worked into, bits of photography... but it's really up to you! I work for the architecture department on open days and recently a girl asked me if it was a good idea to include these lovely wire pendants she made in her free time - anything goes!

    what most universities don't want to see is architectural drawings; that is, plans, sections, elevations etc... they don't want to see that you can do it already, or else what's the point of you studying architecture? they're looking for potential, not the ready made article!
 
 
 
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