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BA (Hons) Photography portfolio guide

How to put together a creative portfolio for your course application process

What to include

The work contained within your portfolio can be produced as part of a formal course of study or evening class, or anything you have produced independently. 

Please include the following elements.

20 photographs

Please include a number of images for each project you have produced and add a short description with each image.  If they were produced in response to a brief, please include a description of this. You should include notes on books, articles, relevant exhibitions or cultural visits that have influenced your work.

10 images of workbooks relating to finished work

Please include pages that relate directly to your projects, and pages that evidence research you’ve undertaken into other sources such as practitioners, writers and exhibitions.  We want to see evidence of the development of your projects and what research has informed this.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for your portfolio to demonstrate your:

  • understanding of photography as a subject and its wider social context
  • ability to express your creative process and decision making
  • ability to reflect on what is, and is not, successful about your work
  • interest in the history of art, contemporary culture, critical theory and media studies
  • enthusiasm and commitment to study photography at university level

We want you to demonstrate a creative approach to photography that evidences strong visual communication skills.

Your portfolio should show evidence of:

  • enquiry, research and observations
  • ability to come up with creative ideas and solutions
  • ability to conduct research to help with the development of  your work
  • experimental work
  • a good level of technical skill (traditional and/or digital)
  • an ability to select and present a range of work to a high standard

Contact us

Any questions? Contact the Faculty Student Recruitment Team.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2990


Email Faculty Student Recruitment