Art students: make an impression with the perfect portfolio

Your portfolio is your chance to dazzle prospective tutors and land a uni place. Here’s how to make sure yours paints the right picture

When applying for an art or design degree, it’s not just the interview you need to think about; impressing your prospective tutor with your portfolio is vital for securing a place.

According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), more than 272,000 applications were received for creative arts and design courses last year, so how can you make your work stand out from the crowd?

Make it unique

Joe McCullagh, head of design at Manchester School of Art, says the best portfolios tell you something about the person applying.