Q. What should be in my portfolio?
If you are visiting our Greek Street Campus in person for your interview, we will allow your portfolio to be in either physical or digital form (could be on an iPad/website or laptop or plastic file etc). If you are not visiting us in person (e.g. Skype interview), you should seek to submit your portfolio beforehand in digital form only. In other words, if your portfolio is a physical pack of your work and influences, you should either scan or photograph the contents and collate them into something you can send via email or via other digital delivery systems (EG Dropbox). Please note – the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design will not accept unsolicited physical packages sent in the post and cannot send anything posted back to the sender.
Your portfolio should demonstrate your creativity and skills relating to any previous courses or creative practice you may have taken, or any innovative endeavour you may have undertaken in your own time. This could include examples of drawing, life drawing, painting, illustration, print, photography, styling, fashion design, textiles, media studies, film, graphics, and computer generated work (e.g. Adobe Photoshop). We also welcome any self-initiated projects (for example your own personal photographic/film work). There are no set criteria for the perfect portfolio – you are simply using this mechanism to demonstrate your creative capacities and your skills and abilities and your influences. Ensure that if you use other peoples’ work (as an inspiration for example) you make sure you credit that source clearly.
Considering many hundreds of applicants are all seeking to stand out using a portfolio, it is amazing how few sources actually get used. We often see the same fine art paintings cited, or a very limited and predictable range of designers lauded. This is your opportunity to show your individual take on the fashion world (just as you would in applying for a job). And one other big no-no – do not use the term “I have a passion for fashion” – it is likely to drive us mad!
What sort of work could go in a fashion portfolio?
- Fashion illustration
- Designs and sketches
- Photos of sculptures or 3D art
- Graphics working drawings
- Paintings and drawings
- Examples of relevant written work (blogs, poetry, journalism etc)
- Computer aided design
- Photographs of garments you have designed
- Photographs of styling you have shot