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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.
In 2020, all portfolios must be submitted digitally, via an online platform, by the deadline of 6pm (UK time) on Thursday 5 November 2020.
The online platform is called SlideRoom and is made available on Friday 16 October to candidates who have submitted a UCAS application to study at the Ruskin on the BFA programme. Candidates will be able to upload their portfolio with videos, photographs, video and audio files and PDFs. (For specific advice on formatting please see further guidance further down on this page.)
Please note, you will need your UCAS number to complete your portfolio submission.
No portfolio can be considered or will be acknowledged if a UCAS application has not been completed first, and/or if a valid UCAS number is not provided with the portfolio submission via SlideRoom.
Candidates can change and edit their portfolio on SlideRoom as many times as they like up until they press 'Submit'.
There is no submission fee or any charge for uploading your portfolio to SlideRoom.
Applicants are expected to be selective about the work they wish to present and can upload a maximum of 20 files (ie we suggest a single file per work you want to include).
Candidates may submit images of works in any medium, from sketchbooks to three-dimensional or site-specific work, and durational pieces. Combining photographs of a sketchbook or development boards, or an installation etc, in one single pdf, will count as one piece.
SlideRoom will accept the following uploads:
Images (up to 5MB each) - .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
Videos (up to 250MB each) - .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv
Audio (30MB each) - .mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac
Documents (10MB each) - .pdf
If you are including film or video work, it should be a maximum duration time of 2- 3 minutes per film, no larger than 250MB, to a total maximum of 8 minutes.
To include larger files of durational work in your portfolio, you can provide a URL link to Vimeo, Youtube or SoundCloud in your portfolio submission, but the maximum of 8 minutes remains.
Applicants are not expected to provide additional details or textual explanation of their work. A title, very brief description or explanation can be included, if you think it necessary.
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, and for a breadth of engagement, a sense of purpose and a strength of opinion in the way the portfolio is edited. A high degree of competence in the use of specific media is expected, but it is not in itself sufficient. The portfolios of candidates called for interview will also exhibit curiosity and creativity beyond the expectations of the A-level or equivalent, and an awareness of contemporary art practice. 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
Visual curiosity and imagination
An informed awareness of contemporary art
Approximately 50 applicants are invited for interview on the strength of their portfolio.
Please ensure that if you wish to discuss a particular work at your interview that you include it in your portfolio submission via SlideRoom, and make reference to this in the commentary box as you submit the work online.
Terms of Portfolio Submission
There is one portfolio submission deadline for all applicants: 6pm on Thursday 5 November 2020.
The Ruskin will only accept one portfolio per applicant.
In the event of an additional, or multiple, portfolio submissions being received from a single applicant, only the first submitted portfolio will be retained in the specified digital formats, and via SlideRoom. All other submissions will be deleted.
Applicants are required to meet the stated deadline and submit work in the format specified on this webpage.
Late portfolio submissions and physical portfolios will not be accepted or acknowledged.
The Ruskin will retain applicant submissions in accordance with the University’s policy on data retention.
These terms are relevant for all applicants, national and international.
Due to the large number of applications received, the Ruskin cannot unsubmit or amend any portfolio submissions.
SlideRoom is the external platform that The Ruskin School of Art requires you to use for uploading your portfolio as part of the application process. It is based in the USA and uses IT infrastructure located there.
The Ruskin School of Art remains responsible for all other personal information you provide to us in your application.