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Architecture Portfolio

Hi ,
I'm a y12 student studying Maths , Geography and Product Design (and probably EPQ in Y13 ).
I'm thinking of applying for architecture next year and need some guidance on the portfolio as I don't do A - level art or for GCSE.
- Does the Portfolio need a specific theme running throughout?
- Can I include renders / CAD ?
Any advice would be great :smile:
Hii, you don’t need to be doing art to create a good portfolio:smile: I included 2 of my Product design Projects showing the process, including reasons as to why I decided not to do something etc . They like to see the process and how you created something rather than the finished product so don’t put just perfect things into the portfolio. You can also include any sketches , other creative things that you do in your spare time. It doesn’t need to have a theme throughout , with my portfolio I just had sections of product design, examples of my CAD, art, clothes making
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Original post by Jessa0811
Hii, you don’t need to be doing art to create a good portfolio:smile: I included 2 of my Product design Projects showing the process, including reasons as to why I decided not to do something etc . They like to see the process and how you created something rather than the finished product so don’t put just perfect things into the portfolio. You can also include any sketches , other creative things that you do in your spare time. It doesn’t need to have a theme throughout , with my portfolio I just had sections of product design, examples of my CAD, art, clothes making

Okayy tysm !
Original post by fc3456
Okayy tysm !


No problem :smile: If you have any other questions feel free to ask
Original post by fc3456
Hi ,
I'm a y12 student studying Maths , Geography and Product Design (and probably EPQ in Y13 ).
I'm thinking of applying for architecture next year and need some guidance on the portfolio as I don't do A - level art or for GCSE.
- Does the Portfolio need a specific theme running throughout?
- Can I include renders / CAD ?
Any advice would be great :smile:


There is good advice (from an architecture lecturer) in post #3 on the following thread about developing a portfolio:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...php?p=96239577

Also, if you google manchester architecture blogger, you can see some applicant portfolios to give you an idea of what is being submitted.
Draw draw draw. Have a little sketchbook with you and do some observational drawing every day. Note observational drawing - from life not photos. Turning something 3d in front of you into a 2d drawing is a crucial skill when you’re working in a 3d design profession like architecture. Translating design from 2d to 3d and 3d to 2d is fundamental. And repetition and practice works wonders for skills like this. Drawing the same thing every day for 90 days you’ll see a vast improvement and development of your skills and techniques.
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Original post by PQ
Draw draw draw. Have a little sketchbook with you and do some observational drawing every day. Note observational drawing - from life not photos. Turning something 3d in front of you into a 2d drawing is a crucial skill when you’re working in a 3d design profession like architecture. Translating design from 2d to 3d and 3d to 2d is fundamental. And repetition and practice works wonders for skills like this. Drawing the same thing every day for 90 days you’ll see a vast improvement and development of your skills and techniques.
Okay thank you !
Bath doesnt require a portfolio - but you must be taking an Art/Design subject at A level.
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Original post by PQ
Draw draw draw. Have a little sketchbook with you and do some observational drawing every day. Note observational drawing - from life not photos. Turning something 3d in front of you into a 2d drawing is a crucial skill when you’re working in a 3d design profession like architecture. Translating design from 2d to 3d and 3d to 2d is fundamental. And repetition and practice works wonders for skills like this. Drawing the same thing every day for 90 days you’ll see a vast improvement and development of your skills and techniques.

This. The point is to develop your confidence in presenting ideas and observations. Developing skill with a pen/pencil allows you to communicate quickly and fluently, without needing to rely on a computer. You don't need to be an artist, but you do need to be able to communicate your ideas visually.

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