Architecture digital portfolio advice

Your digital portfolio is a key part of your application for our BArch (Hons) Architecture course at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Your portfolio is the perfect opportunity to exhibit your best work, and show us exactly why you're suited to study here.

Everything you need to know

When it comes to preparing your digital portfolio, we know there's a lot to think about, like what to include, how to show your best work and how to exhibit your creative identity.

We understand your work is unique to you as a creative individual, but we've pulled together some useful advice to give you a better understanding of what you should consider and what we're looking for in your submission.

  • What you should include

    Your digital portfolio must be made up of between 10 – 20 slides on a range of subjects and in different media.

    You should select your best and most distinctive work, demonstrating a range of different media and techniques. You should aim to include good pen and pencil drawing skills, 3D model making, design process, and architectural enquiry.

    This may consist of:

    • Examples of any art, design or technology-related work that you have undertaken (as part of your previous education, as a hobby, or as an activity outside your formal educational experience)
    • Observational hand drawings (including some of buildings)
    • Sketches showing your design process
    • Photographs of physical models or 3D work you have made
    • Photography - photos you may have taken as a hobby showing your interest in architecture.

  • What we're looking for in your work

    Our subject teaching team will be looking for a number of key competencies in your digital portfolio.

    • Good presentation skills, showing your ability to visualise ideas
    • A quality range of visual concepts and high level of innovative thinking
    • Your ability to handle a variety of technologies, materials and processes
    • Your willingness to experiment in a range of visual media
    • Good observational drawing skills.

Submitting your digital portfolio

  • How to submit your digital portfolio

    Making sure your work is in the correct format and adheres to our guidelines is important.

    Your portfolio should:

    • Be submitted as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or as a PDF
    • Be no more than 20 slides – this will allow you to include more than one image of each piece of work, if required, plus short descriptions
    • Be submitted as a single unzipped file not exceeding 10 megabytes (mb).

    Further guidance on how to submit your digital portfolio will be sent via email during your application process.

  • Guidance on images

    Where images are inserted into your presentation, they should be:

    • In JPEG format
    • A maximum of 72 dots per inch (dpi).

What happens next?

  • Your next steps

    Once you've submitted your digital portfolio it'll be reviewed by the course Admissions Tutor. Once a decision has been made on your application you'll receive a notification through UCAS Track.

    It's essential that you submit your work by the given deadline. Unfortunately after this date we'll be unable to consider your application and an unsuccessful decision will be communicated to UCAS.

    If however, you're unable to meet the deadline date but are still interested in submitting work for consideration, then please contact the Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

    An electronic copy of work submissions will be retained by NTU for the duration of the annual application cycle, but will not be held on file for longer than this. Please therefore ensure that all files sent to us are copies.

    NTU will not use any work submitted for any purposes other than the student application process.

Have any questions?

If you'd like some more advice on creating your portfolio, join one of our upcoming live chats. This is the perfect opportunity to ask current students about producing a portfolio. Set a reminder to join the conversation.

Alternatively you can email adbe.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk and someone from the team will get back to you.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418