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The Application Process


We will not normally determine your application until we have assessed both your UCAS application and your portfolio. Where a portfolio is of exceptionally high quality, this may have a significant impact on the likelihood of acceptance onto the programme.

The portfolio should demonstrate creative thinking as well as technical ability. There is no expectation of any prior digital drawing skills. However, if you have drawings or other graphic representations which have been developed using any type of software, these should be included. Freehand skills are particularly valued in architecture, therefore sketchbooks showing creative thinking and ideas are particularly viable.

The portfolio may be made up of outputs from an Art or Design-related A level, or other relevant work. Please include photographs of any large-scale work which cannot otherwise be readily included in the portfolio.

The portfolio should contain a mixture of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces. This may include any of the following:

  • Hand-drawn sketches of places, spaces or buildings
  • Photographic studies
  • Collage, mixed media
  • Analytical drawings
  • Computer aided drawings (CAD)
  • Images made using Photoshop or other software
  • Graphic design, website design
  • Photographs of 3-D work, such as: sculpture, art installation, scale models
  • Photographs of work in progress forming part of Art/Design studies.


At interview we will discuss your motivation to study architecture and will talk through your portfolio, exploring your approaches to drawing and design.

Personal statement

In your personal statement it will be important to explain any experience or skills you have which relate to the study of architecture, as well as your motivation to undertake the programme. In addition, you should describe any experiences/extra-curricular activities which have influenced your decision to study architecture.

International students

For international students (or home/EU students based overseas), we will ask for a digital portfolio containing evidence of original work, as described above. This should be saved and sent as a PDF, with a file name which includes your name and UCAS reference number.

Images should have a clear title and date, and you should include confirmation that your work is original. Precise details of how to submit the portfolio will be published at or around the time when the UCAS application cycle opens.

Students not based in the UK may be invited for a Skype discussion in lieu of a face-to-face interview.

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