jenai-blogIf you’ve got to put a portfolio together for your uni application, you’re probably thinking, ‘Where on earth do I start?’ Or you might be completely panicking wondering if you’ve put the right stuff in, is it too long, too short…

One student who has been there, done it and come out the other side with a place on the BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion is Jenai Henry. Originally from London, second year student Jenai made BCU her first choice after visiting on an Open Day, as she knew the course, city and general atmosphere was perfect for her.

Jenai’s top tips on what makes a good portfolio

When producing a portfolio for any Fashion and Textile course, the number one rule is to be proud of everything that you’ve created as this exhibition of your work showcases your strength and abilities as to why you should be selected to study this specific course.

  1. Quality over quantity – be mindful of what work to include in your portfolio, select only your strongest pieces that look presentable and that you can potentially discuss during interview.
  2. Ensure that you bring your portfolio in a neat folder / art portfolio with all the contents in order with annotations.
  3. If you have a large selection of work or final pieces – take high quality photographs or scan pages and digitally display your work, these portfolio pages can all be printed and look presentable and neat (remember to add annotations).
  4. Avoid including whole sketch books – this tends to look messy / bulky and not selective of your strongest pieces.
  5. Everything needs to be clear and easy to understand.
  6. If you are not completely a creative student – include a strong business report or work from additional subjects that present strong written communication.
  7. Showcase the most creative and unique pieces of work – include variety.
  8. Consider how to order your portfolio, it needs to flow.
  9. A portfolio can be any size depending on your work content (A3 gives room for example and annotation).
  10. Don’t worry if some work is incomplete – it’s all about showing your thought process and development.
  11. Include anything you feel is relevant to the course you’re applying for.
  12. Plan your portfolio firstly selecting five pieces then you can slowly build it up to make a complete package that showcases your skills.
  13. Be simplistic with layout, don’t over fill a page with too much imagery and text. Think clean and white spaces.
  14. Practise discussing your work prior to your interview, if you struggle to discuss something, make changes to the pieces you’ve included.

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