Arts University Bournemouth Portfolio
Portfolios are a vital component of your application to study at AUB.
This guide is designed to help international students create portfolios that have the right content, that are presented through the correct medium, and above all else, that do justice to the skills and talents of potential AUB students.
In addition to reading the information here, you should visit the main AUB portfolios page to get specific portfolio/audition requirements for each course.
Applicants who are based in the UK or the EU usually attend a formal interview at AUB. We recognise that for many of our international applicants, attending interviews in person is difficult and so we accept digital portfolios and auditions as part of our standard admissions process.
Interviews are not required for international BA/Foundation applicants. As a rule, we talk to all international MA/PhD applicants using Skype or the telephone to ensure that the course is right for the student and that the student is right for course.
Two big things to note about portfolios
The first thing to note is that you should always check the portfolio requirements for the course that you’re applying for. All of our BA courses publish specific guides and you can view these here. MA students are expected to know how to put together a portfolio, but if you want to check that you’re on the right track, you can always email us to ask questions or to show us your portfolio informally for feedback.
The second thing to note is that if you’re not going to be attending an interview in person, you won’t be able to explain the ideas and processes behind your work to the admissions tutor, so it is absolutely vital that you provide background notes on each piece of work detailing process and conceptual thinking.
Got a question about this? Email us.
Sending us your digital portfolio
If you’re not able to attend a formal interview, you can send us your portfolio digitally. Please note that we no longer accept portfolios sent by post.
Flickr and Behance are good media for digital portfolios because they offer a smooth viewing experience, allow space for background notes and make sending the portfolio as easy as pasting a link into an email.
Building your own website to present your work is a fantastic option, because it demonstrates web design skills and gives you complete control over presentation and style.
Dropbox and Wetransfer are other useful services for sending large files over the internet, but pay attention to presentation and viewer experience – a folder full of standalone image files is not going to sell you as well as a polished Behance portfolio might.
Simply attaching portfolios to email is another option but be sure to keep the file size under 9MB, or the email won’t come through. And again, don’t forget the importance of presentation and the visual journey.
Youtube and Vimeo are great for Animation or Film portfolios but you should avoid these platforms for stills based work because they don’t allow the viewer to control the amount of time that they spend looking at each piece of work.
Where to send your portfolio
The tidiest way is through the AUB Myapplication portal in the designated box for portfolio URLs. If you’re sending a file that doesn’t have a URL, or you’d prefer to just send by email, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org – note that you need to include your name and student reference number on the email.
Asking questions about portfolios is encouraged and won’t affect admissions decisions (we don’t record questions against your admissions file).