Clearing portfolio guidance for an Art or Design programme at Bath Spa University

Please send your online electronic portfolio of creative work demonstrating your individual self-initiated practice and interests, as well as your involvement in course/project work.

We look for evidence of your interest in the relevant subject area and how it relates to your own work, how you develop and work through your ideas, and how your practice might benefit from a course of study at Bath Spa University.

Your portfolio should contain between 10-15 pieces of work and be available as a PDF document that can be attached and sent via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk. Please include your full name, the course you are interested in, and your UCAS Personal ID in the subject line of the email.

Please be assured that the guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive. We do expect and encourage considerable variation in individual presentation reflecting the variety of backgrounds and experiences of applicants.

Some courses may also require an interview, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible following review of your portfolio.

Please find some further tips on what to include by course below.

We look forward to receiving your portfolio!

Guidance by course

BA (Hons) 3D Idea Material Object

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Photographic evidence of three dimensional works.
    This may be in the form of 3D models, prototypes and/or final pieces from any 3D area such as:
    • Ceramics
    • Product design
    • Jewellery
    • Sculpture
    • Mixed–media constructions
    • Constructed textiles etc.
  • Creative ideas, design work in any area. These need not be three dimensional. For instance:
    • Textiles
    • Graphics
    • Painting
    • Print
    • Colour work
    • CAD etc.
  • Sketch or ideas books
  • Drawings, paintings or photography.

BA (Hons) Contemporary Arts Practice

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for the subject. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work.

BA (Hons) Creative Arts

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for the subject. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

We are looking for creative individuals who can show evidence of their personal expression, creative ideas, related skills, and depth of subject knowledge in relation to fashion design. This should include:

  • Contemporary awareness
  • Ideas for fashion
  • Drawing skills
  • Personal expression
  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Please also provide development work that demonstrates your research, working methods, and ideas.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for the subject. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work.

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawing - Examples of observed drawing in the studio and on location; together with examples of expressive drawing dealing with ideas and interpretation
  • Projects - Evidence of project work in the area of creative problem solving and visual communication, together with your roughs and developmental work. A short summary of the brief would be helpful.
  • Self-initiated work - Exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject. 
  • Research - Some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project.
  • Written work - Examples of writing, for example essays or other analyses/reports or case studies.
  • Materials and media - We are interested to see how you have worked with particular media, for example; photography or printmaking. Your eligibility for the course however will not be disadvantaged if these facilities have not been available to you.

BA (Hons) Photography

 

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Evidence of project work in the area of photographic practice
  • Roughs and developmental work in your work journals (or other formats you have used)
  • You may present work of one or many photographic genres
  • A short summary of the project brief would be helpful but not essential
  • Self-initiated work exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject
  • Research - some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project.

BA Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Photographic evidence of sketch and or ideas books
  • Drawings
  • Colour work
  • Painting
  • Any creative ideas, design work in any area.

These need not be textiles.

For instance, you may have made jewellery, clothes, etc.

If you do have any evidence of textile work, such as print, knit, weave or stitch embroidery, please do include this in your portfolio.

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