Art & Design and Architecture

Art and Design

Art and Design degrees including Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Photography and Fine Art often require students to have completed an “Art Foundation” course before applying. It is a year-long course allowing you to experiment in different disciplines of art before specialising in the second term of the course.


Having a balance of creative and academic subjects is strongly recommended before thinking about Architecture. If you enjoy a subject with academic and creative challenges then this might be a subject to consider. There are different types of Architecture course; there are creative ones and more academic ones and we will guide you on which institutions are suitable to your preferred learning style.


A portfolio is one of the most important aspects of your application process because through it you will show the university what you are like as a potential art/architecture student and what skills you can offer. It should place emphasis on the developmental stages of your work because universities want to see how you have thought of an idea, developed it and how you have arrived at the final piece.

Consider the following when putting together your portfolio:

Differing requirements: Some schools only accept original art; some will accept a digital portfolio and others have size limitations; some have strict application deadlines and others are on rolling admissions. The content of your portfolio may also be different from university to university. Try to follow the guidelines provided by your chosen university as closely as you can so that you can create a portfolio that they can easily access.

Range of Work: Include a range of work using a variety of materials. This can include observational drawing, line work, charcoal, oil pastels, gouache, sculpture, anything that shows your willingness to learn as well as your skills with different materials even when you have chosen your Specialism.

Sketchbooks: Most universities will ask that you bring sketchbooks. These are some of the most important aspects of your portfolio because it shows the interviewer what your thought processes are and how you have gone from start to finish on your project. Universities are very interested in you as an artist/designer and your sketchbook is the key to demonstrating this.

Contact University Entry Etc. for further guidance and how we can support your career in art and design.

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