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Product & Furniture Design BA(Hons): Portfolio guidance

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We are looking for eager and enthusiastic students who understand why they want to study 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 design; and are self-motivated with the ability to work individually and within a group.

Portfolio notes for applicants

There is no ideal format or size. If you are applying direct from studying A-levels, we recommend you develop a separate personal portfolio along side your coursework portfolio. This can include your own experiments in design, making, photography and drawing. We are interested in seeing all the stages of your working process from where the initial idea came, how they were developed and prototyped for the finished design. Students are selected initially via online portfolio, prior to formal face-to-face interview with a physical portfolio.

We look for evidence of the following within a strong portfolio:


  • Evidence of your invention, creativity and approach to problem solving.
  • Early sketch models and prototypes that illustrated your thinking.
  • Evidence of the creative leaps that informed your final solution.

Drawing and presentation skills

  • Basic evidence of hand drawing, sketching and rendering. How you visually communicate and present your ideas, either as flatwork drawings or digitally.

Design skills and ideas

  • Your understanding of aesthetics, shape and form. Your knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods related to your designs. The quantity of ideas generated and the intellectual thinking behind your work.

Making and prototyping

  • Evidence of iterative prototyping, practical skills and three-dimensional working. Your selection and experimentation of materials.

Digital skills

  • Not essential, but useful to understand what basic software packages you use.

Knowledge of the design market

  • Why you wish to study design to degree level and your ambitions and future intensions. The research methods used to inform your ideas.


  • We enjoy seeing raw ideas and sketch work from your sketchbook, all your doodles drawings and thumbnail sketches.

Portfolio submissions

Your initial online portfolio submission can be via PDF, PowerPoint or Flickr.

If you reach formal interview you must bring a physical portfolio.

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