How to Prepare your Fine Art Portfolio | Newcastle University

– Hello and welcome. This video will give you tips on what to include in your portfolio, how to send your portfolio to us and how to photograph your artwork if you decide to send it to us digitally. As soon as we receive
your UCAS application we’ll email you asking you
to send us a portfolio. You can send us your actual portfolio, you can bring it in person, but you might prefer to send it digitally. More on that later. First of all, here are a few tips on how to create a great portfolio. As well as your finished work, we’d like to see unfinished work and work at different
stages of completion. We’re interested in details of work, for example, close-ups of paintings and we’re interested in a range of work, we want pages from
sketchbooks and we want work that you’ve been making
outside of your studies. So you might be working on
a music video for example, or you might be working
with a theatre group making costumes or stage sets. You might be doing fashion photography or design on your foundation
course, we want to see those. You might be doing a photography A-level as well as your fine art A-level, we want to see work from that because we’re interested
in what motivates you, we’re interested in how you move an idea through into the finished work, we’re interested in your visual thinking. Now if you do decide to send
your portfolio digitally, you need to be photographing your artwork. Now that can be a little tricky but here’s some tips to help you. First of all if you can, use a real camera rather than your phone. Put the work in an
uncluttered, clean space for example against a white wall rather than in the studio
or surrounded by other work or in your front room. Light it as well as possible, that could include photographing
it outdoors in sunlight or indoors with sunlight
coming through a window. It may just be a case of positioning it to get the best use of indoor lighting. You need the lighting to
be shining onto the artwork from the same direction
you’re positioned in when you’re taking the photograph. If you’re outdoors, get the sun behind you or just to one side to avoid a shadow. If you’re using artificial light, try to get it coming from both
sides to get an even light so again you’re avoiding shadows. Remember you can crop the image afterward to avoid including lots of
empty wall surrounding it. You can send us up to 50 slides as a PowerPoint or as a folder of images. Our advice is use as many
of the slides as you can so you can include then pages from sketchbooks,
unfinished work and so on. You can send your digital portfolio on a memory stick, on a CD, you can send it via Google
Docs or WeTransfer et cetera. So here are the five main points
to remember from this film: Show us the full range
of your creative work, including work done
outside of your studies. Include pages from sketchbooks, unfinished work and details of work. If you’re photographing your work, make sure the images are good quality and are in focus and well lit. Concentrate on the artwork itself and don’t clutter your
photos with other things. Include sound and video files and any web links if you need to. And finally send us some basic information about what we’re looking at. Is this a small painting,
is it a big painting? What’s this sculpture made of? If you follow these tips, it’ll help us to appreciate the range and
the quality of your artwork. So for further information
and advice, visit our website, get in touch with us directly, we’re always happy to hear from you and thank you for watching and good luck with your application.

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