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Interior Design BA(Hons): Portfolio guidance

Information required to support your application

We are looking for eager and enthusiastic students who understand why they want to study interior design and can communicate these reasons orally and through their portfolios. We also look for students who are open minded; willing to explore all aspects of interior design; and are self-motivated with the ability to work individually and within a group.

Portfolio guidelines

Once we have received your application, you will be notified by email where you will either be requested to bring your portfolio to an interview OR you will be instructed how to upload your online portfolio.

If you are instructed to upload an online portfolio, please provide a maximum of 20 images of your work plus a concise, 200-word personal statement, which should support your application for your chosen course at Kingston University. The personal statement should be the final page of your portfolio. We are looking for statements that convey your commitment to our subject. We are looking for creative, engaged and inquisitive people who are well informed about the scope of the discipline. You need to reflect upon how the distinct creative environment at Kingston can help nurture your personal ambitions for the future.

Online Portfolio format

  • A single PDF document is the preferred format for us to review your work.
  • The format used to present images is up to you, however, you can only upload one compressed file, so your portfolio and personal statement must be saved in the same folder. Please use zip to compress your file.
  • Please check your portfolio is in an easily viewable format and complete, as once you have uploaded your file you will not be able to go back and re-submit or upload anything further.
  • Your compressed file must be less than 50MB.
  • If you would like to submit a link to an online portfolio (such as Flickr or Vimeo), you are welcome to do so. Please put the link to the website in a Word document with your personal statement and then compress and upload this file.

Unfortunately we are unable to upload a portfolio on an applicant's behalf.

Portfolio content

Please carefully select and edit your work to produce an exciting, creative and representative portfolio which informs us about your skills, interests and ambitions.

Your portfolio should include a:

  • selection of your student work (if relevant);
  • selection of your professional work (if relevant);and
  • examples of preparatory creative work (for example, images from your sketchbooks).

What we are looking for

We are not looking for portfolios that exclusively focus upon a prior experience of interior/ 3D design and architecture. Evidence of a talent towards the design of environments and experiences is certainly of great value but our discipline engages a broad range of skills, sensibilities and interests. Of particular value will be a curiosity towards; people, culture, materials, light, surface, form, space, construction and technology. An ability to express observations and ideas using a range of media and techniques is encouraged. Evidence of care in the presentation of two and three-dimensional artefacts is also useful. The ability to challenge assumptions and an attitude of genuine excitement, playfulness, sensitivity and risk taking is also highly valued by the team.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications that we receive, if you have been requested to upload your portfolio if we do not receive your portfolio as requested, we will assume that you no longer wish to be considered for a place on the course and your application will be withdrawn.

We are also unable to give individual feedback on your portfolio.

If you are invited for an interview you must bring a physical portfolio.

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This course is taught at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park

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