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MA Interior Architecture and Design portfolio guide

How to put together a creative portfolio for your course application

What to include in your portfolio

If you have a relevant undergraduate degree, you should include examples of design work from your undergraduate studies focusing on your final year, with some work from an earlier stage in your course. Don’t limit the portfolio to ‘presentation drawings’ – evidence of design process, as well as product, will be valued. We want to see images from your sketchbooks (or similar) and other developmental work.

You should also have examples of work that supported your design development, such as theory, technical and professional practice outputs.

Your portfolio should be clearly organised, and show the breadth and depth of your engagement with spatial design, the range of your representational skills, and intellectual and professional progression. Try to include no more than 20 images in total, and supply a short description with each piece of work.

If you have experience of professional practice in a related field, such as a specialist architectural practice or surveying practice, please include a record of work you’ve produced in such context – e.g. photographs, sketches or written work.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent), you’ll also need an example of your written work. We expect a copy of an essay or a sample of written work to evidence your ability to respond to analytical tasks.

What we’re looking for

We want your portfolio to demonstrate your:

  • understanding of interior architecture and design and its application in a wider social and global context
  • ability to express your creative process, decision making and design resolution
  • ability to reflect on what is, and is not, successful about your work
  • evidence of an engagement with the critical debate surrounding interior architecture and spatial design
  • ability to write, evidenced in written work, in the portfolio or in a dissertation or an equivalent.

Your portfolio should evidence:

  • exploration, research and spatial observations
  • original idea generation
  • concept development
  • evidence of drawing skills, both using computer software and by hand
  • an ability to select, present and communicate a range of work to a high professional standard

Contact us

Any questions? Contact the Faculty Student Recruitment Team.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2990

Email: cci-enquiries@port.ac.uk