Master of Architecture portfolio guide

How to put together a creative portfolio for your course application

You'll need this guide if you're applying for MArch Architecture

What to include in your portfolio

As applicants are from different backgrounds, we don’t prescribe an ideal portfolio. However, the examples of your work should demonstrate an ability and aptitude towards architecture at an advanced level and high levels of professionalism.

Examples can include:

  • 2D and 3D drawings
  • image and text
  • sketches and hand-drawing
  • videos and animations
  • photos of models
  • photography

Please supply a brief statement of each body of work/project – but you don’t have to describe each image. In addition, make sure that you include evidence of the initial stages of exploration of your projects, not only the final images.

Within your selected projects, have some examples of academic work and, if appropriate, projects from your experience in practice.

What we’re looking for

We want to see:

  • examples of two or more resolved projects you have made, instead of a demonstration of all the genres and techniques you have tried
  • a good degree of technical competence
  • the ability to select and sequence visual material
  • a sense of enquiry
  • an appreciation of context
  • an understanding and control of visual literacy evident in the work you show
  • an individual set of interests or concerns and an ability to respond to these visually in an interesting and creative way

Your portfolio should show:

  • your ability to explore and present an architectural project
  • your ability to produce visual outcomes in relation to an idea or concept
  • a distinct and individual practice
  • a research interest that has potential for further development at masters level
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