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Interior Architecture and Design digital portfolio advice

Your digital portfolio is a key part of your application for our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design 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.

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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.

    This may consist of:

    • Sketching and hand drawing
    • Photography
    • Images of your 2D work. This can be in a variety of mediums including paint or charcoal by hand and / or by computer-aided design (CAD) software
    • A demonstrated interest in 3D design and images of your 3D work. Work could include sculpture, model-making, craft work and product design.

    You should also include an outline of what your favourite building is, or an interior space that inspires you. This can be a simple statement.

  • 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.

    • Your understanding of the creative design process
    • An ability to demonstrate a range of good quality techniques
    • An ability to handle a variety of media, technologies and processes
    • A willingness to experiment, raise questions and develop ideas through the creative use of a variety of media and working methods
    • Your observational and interpretive skills applied to spatial and 3D forms.

    Our assessment of your work will consider:

    • Innovation and creativity
    • Your passion for interior architecture and design, and your curiosity and willingness to interact and engage
    • Interest in relevant areas of design, interior architecture, spatial design and architecture
    • Your ability to work individually, independently, self-directed and as part of a team.

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 there's anything you'd like to discuss, you can email and someone from the team will get back to you.

Alternatively, you can contact our Admissions team on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418