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Hi! I was just wondering if anyone applying to csm or past students could give me some advice on what sort of things to include in the portfolio? and can it just be a digital one rather than an A1 folder? (the majority of my best work is on my laptop in an InDesign file that I've set up to look like a portfolio hahha)

Thank youu! Also if you have any other tips about applying to csm, let me know <33
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Hi! I was just wondering if anyone applying to csm or past students could give me some advice on what sort of things to include in the portfolio? and can it just be a digital one rather than an A1 folder? (the majority of my best work is on my laptop in an InDesign file that I've set up to look like a portfolio hahha)

Thank youu! Also if you have any other tips about applying to csm, let me know <33
Hi Miagall,

There is a good video provided by UAL which gives an outline of what to include in a portfolio for applying to the CSM foundation course, you can check it out here.

Are you applying for diagnostic or specialist?

When I did the foundation a few years ago we initially had to provide an online portfolio and then if shortlisted for interview we had to bring in physical portfolios. However this may have changed due to the pandemic and depending on whether they do interviews in person or online.

My main piece of advice would be to make sure you can talk confidently about everything in your portfolio from: your inspiration to the research process to the techniques you used and why you chose to include it.

I hope that is of help and if you have any further or more specific questions then please do not hesitate to ask.

Good luck with your application.

All the best,

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Hi, thank you so much! I was just going to apply to the BA fashion journalism course at csm but I read that it’s best to do the foundation year so you know exactly what you want to do and you’d have a stronger portfolio too. I’m applying for diagnostic just so I can try a few different areas of the course as I’m not 100 % sure what route I want to go down. Ohh okay thank you, I’ve just started putting my portfolio together online with a couple of previous pieces of work I’ve done and a few new things just to show how my skills have progressed. I’ve never actually taken an art class hahha so I don’t really have a physical portfolio apart from pages of my sketch book that I’ve already got in my online portfolio. It might be worth me doing a few extra pieces just incase they ask to see my portfolio in person or even print the online one off and form it as a book. One thing I was worried about is that I’ve included a bit of my design process for each part of the portfolio and I thought it looked a bit messy, do you think it’s best to leave it in just so they can see how I work? Sorry about such a long message hahha,Thank you 😊
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Hi, thank you so much! I was just going to apply to the BA fashion journalism course at csm but I read that it’s best to do the foundation year so you know exactly what you want to do and you’d have a stronger portfolio too. I’m applying for diagnostic just so I can try a few different areas of the course as I’m not 100 % sure what route I want to go down. Ohh okay thank you, I’ve just started putting my portfolio together online with a couple of previous pieces of work I’ve done and a few new things just to show how my skills have progressed. I’ve never actually taken an art class hahha so I don’t really have a physical portfolio apart from pages of my sketch book that I’ve already got in my online portfolio. It might be worth me doing a few extra pieces just incase they ask to see my portfolio in person or even print the online one off and form it as a book. One thing I was worried about is that I’ve included a bit of my design process for each part of the portfolio and I thought it looked a bit messy, do you think it’s best to leave it in just so they can see how I work? Sorry about such a long message hahha,Thank you 😊
Hi Miagall,

It sounds like you're doing the foundation course for all the right reasons it definitely is a good way to get to try out different disciplines and to hone in your skills!

Have you thought about looking at the foundation options offered at your local colleges too? It's often worth applying for these even if its just to practice interviewing with your portfolio. I'd also recommend finding a creative tutor at your current institution who would be willing to talk through your portfolio with you, this really helped me when I went through the application process and massively boosted my confidence in your work. I feel like it's good to include your design process but maybe there is a way they can help you to find a different way to present it so you're happy with it.

If the BA in Fashion Journalism at CSM is a course you're keen on doing you could also apply straight to that, lots of the students on that course did not do a foundation although it wouldn't put you at a disadvantage if you did one. Just maybe worth thinking about.

All the best,

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