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Submitting a Portfolio

The submission of your portfolio forms the second part of your application to study Fine Art. Please note that no application can be processed without both your UCAS submission and your portfolio; these two parts ensure your application is valid.  The next undergraduate admissions cycle will begin in October 2019, for entry in 2020. It is not possible to submit an application for entry in 2019 as admissions for the next academic year are now closed.

Your Portfolio

NB The Ruskin in introducing a new system in 2019 for submitting portfolios - please check this page for updates and guidelines on the submission process.  

The Ruskin will only accept one portfolio per applicant. 

Applicants are expected to be selective about the work they wish to present. 

You may submit images of works in any medium, from sketchbooks to three-dimensional or site-specific work.

If you are including film or video work, each piece should run for only 3 - 4 mins, in order that you can present a variety of your work.  

You may wish to add a narrative of the submitted work in your portfolio) lisiting the works (title, medium, size etc).  There is no formal requirement to do this but you are welcome to name your works or include a short description.

Please note that these terms are relevant for all applicants, national and international

During the process of reviewing portfolios, tutors look for work that goes beyond the mere fulfilment of school curricula.  We search for highly motivated activity, over and above any school project-based work, and for a breadth of engagement, a sense of purpose and strength of opinion in the way the portfolio is edited. It is important for us is to be able to discover a sense of the temperament underlying the work, and to sense the deeper interests that inform the portfolio.  We are not interested in finding a particular formula or a specific style, but in signs of energy, ambition, critical reflection and creativity. Your portfolio should show that you have:

•    An independent and creative mind

•    An ability to go beyond the requirements of the school curriculum

•    Strong motivation

•    Visual curiosity and imagination

•    An informed awareness of contemporary art

Approximately 50 applicants are invited for interview on the strength of their portfolio.