Portfolio Description

A portfolio is a collection of your work, or a ‘visual diary’, showcasing your creative design skills and ideas. It should demonstrate your creativity, personality, ability, commitment and potential.

Your portfolio helps us to assess your potential as a designer, as well as your suitability for the DIDI Bachelor of Design program.

Your portfolio should:

  • Show your ability to work with a variety of visual materials, mediums and across different themes.
  • Demonstrate your drawing and technical skills and abilities.
  • Show how you research, as well as your process of idea development, and finished work.
  • Include pages from your sketchbook including rough sketches, notes, and descriptions.
  • Include your most recent work, and be highly curated and edited; in other words, only show your best work, not all your work.
  • Show high resolution photographs of any large-scale or 3D work
  • Give your work space to breathe – do not crowd too many images together.

Tips for greater impact:

  • Put your work in a logical order and try to present everything in the same orientation.
  • Use your strongest pieces of work at the beginning and end of your portfolio.
  • Include design work not just art work.
  • Include a short description of each piece of work submitted including the scale and medium used.
  • If you reference a specific area of interest in your personal statement, it should be represented in your portfolio submission.

Please note, If you are making a partial portfolio submission with more work to come at a later date, make sure to let us know.

Examples of work you might want to include are:

  • 3D prototypes and product design
  • Drawing and painting
  • Fashion and textile design
  • Film, video and animation
  • Graphic design and illustration
  • Interior and spatial design
  • Printmaking and digital prints
  • Typography ad calligraphy
  • Photography
  • Sculpture and installations
  • Written work including poetry, essays, journals and blogs

DIDI use the following criteria to evaluate your portfolio or design challenge:

  • Aesthetic aptitude
  • Originality of work
  • Variety of types of work and mediums used
  • Evidence of creative problem solving
  • Examples of design thinking
  • Personal statement