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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. 

Your Portfolio

In 2019, the Ruskin will accept BFA portfolios submitted in the undergraduate admissions process via an online platform and will no longer accept physical portfolios sent to the School. 

The online platform is called SlideRoom and is available to applicants who have submitted a UCAS application to study at the Ruskin on the (undergraduate) BFA course.  Candidates will be able to upload their portfolio with videos, photographs and pdf files using their UCAS number.  

For most applicants this will considerably reduce the time and cost associated with their application.  Applicants invited for an interview are welcome to present physical work, if they wish to do so but will not be able to present further digital media beyond that submitted online.  

For specific advice on formatting please see further guidance further down on this page. 

Portfolio submissions can be uploaded via SlideRoom from Wednesday 16 October.  

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.

The portfolio submission deadline of 6pm on Friday 1 November is applicable for all applicants. 



Submission Fee

There is no submission fee or any charge for uploading your portfolio to SlideRoom. 


Your Portfolio

The Ruskin will only accept one portfolio per applicant. 
In the event of an additional, or multiple, further portfolio submissions from a single applicant, only the first submitted portfolio will be retained, all other submissions will be deleted. 
Late portfolio submissions and physical portfolios will not be accepted or acknowledged. 
Applicants are expected to be selective about the work they wish to present and upload a maximum of 20 pieces.  
You may submit images of works in any medium, from sketchbooks to three-dimensional or site-specific work.  Combining photographs of a sketchbook (or development boards), in one single pdf, will count as one piece. 
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. Larger files can be provided by Vimeo, Youtube or SoundCloud with a url included 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. 

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 

Further formatting guidance is available on the SlideRoom website here  


Portfolio Review 

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 Friday 1 November 2019. 

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. 


Privacy Policy

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. 

In order to use SlideRoom you must be over 18, or have the permission from a parent or legal guardian to use it.  In submitting your application, you authorise SlideRoom and The Ruskin School of Art to store your portfolio for the sole purpose of processing your application.  The terms of use for SlideRoom are available here:http://www.slideroom.com/applicant_terms.html, and the personal information that you provide when registering with SlideRoom will be dealt with in accordance with their privacy policy here: http://www.slideroom.com/privacy.html.  

The Ruskin School of Art remains responsible for all other personal information you provide to us in your application.

last edited: December 20th 2019