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
- 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