All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work and a one-page written statement via the portfolio portal system Slideroom. Selection into the BFA programme will be based on the combined strength of your portfolio and written statement.
Your written statement should be a short piece of writing (approx. 500 words) that summarises your personal interest in fine arts and visual communication. We are interested in gaining insight into the thinking behind your portfolio of work and your personal ideas on art. Your statement may include what drives you to study at Elam. You can also present other information that you think is relevant to your application. It can be useful to indicate your current involvement in the arts as well.
Note: If you have not been studying in the past 12 months, then you should include details of relevant training, experience, employment, exhibitions, art and design-based activities, and collaborative projects you have been involved in.
Sample written statements
Portfolio guidelines: How to prepare your portfolio
There is no 'correct' way to put your portfolio together – you should make the most of the opportunity to express your individuality and show what you are capable of. The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, engagement with ideas, creativity, and technical skill.
The following guidelines will help you prepare a portfolio that will meet the basic requirements. The rest is up to you.
- Your portfolio may include up to 12 works made up of: A4-sized images/photos of your recent still artwork and/or media files of your recent moving image/performance work.
- It can be useful to include a variety of examples of finished work that show an ability to work in different media and with a variety of methods. This will show that you have the ability to work in a number of ways.
- Images of pages from your workbook/s can be very helpful to the selection panel. These images could include: evidence of ideas, thinking processes, experimentation and analysis. Two-to-three of your portfolio works could be from your workbook. The good thing about workbook pages is that they can convey a lot of information on the one page.
- It is a good idea to assemble workbook pages at the end of a project – you may use notes and developments you have generated during the working process. You may also want to let us know about ideas that have emerged as a result of your works.
- Photographs of finished work need to represent the work accurately. For example, a photograph of a sculpture that shows it clearly sitting in space conveys more information than a closely cropped image that shows a detail of part of the object.
Here are some sample portfolios to help with your BFA application.
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