The portfolio: your passport to design or arts at Raffles
Thinking of applying for a Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication)?
With your application, you’ll need to submit a portfolio of your creative work – five to eight examples of completed pieces or substantial works in progress. You can include the actual work, or photos of it.
Your portfolio is your opportunity to show us that you have potential and motivation, and that you’d be a good fit for Raffles.
Show us your stuff
Don’t stress if you don’t have any design skills. We’ll teach you those. In your portfolio, just show us that you’re a creative person with original ideas.
You can include any type of work that shows us this, in paper, CD/DVD or website format. We like students who can draw, paint, sculpt, take photos, make videos, do cool things with new media, or show us things we’ve never seen before. We’re always open to new ideas and innovative ways of doing things.
Keep it neat and simple. You don’t want to distract from your work. Think of it as a creative introduction to you, the future designer or artist.
To download a copy of our portfolio guidelines click here.
Submitting your portfolio
We try to get everyone who applies to come in for an interview – this is our chance to get to know each other. It’s also when you’ll submit your portfolio.
We’ll ask you some questions about your work. This isn’t a test. It’s a chance for you to tell us about your inspirations, your techniques and the areas of design you want to pursue.
Please label everything with your name and contact details. Most of the time, you’ll be able to take your portfolio home with you after the interview. Sometimes, though, we like to keep it for a little longer – but we’ll always work out a way to get it back to you, and we’ll let you know how we’ll do this.
Would you like some expert advice from our tutors on your portfolio before submitting it? You should attend one of our four-day workshops. You’ll work on at least one new project you can add to your portfolio, plus get tips on structure and composition.