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ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Application process There are two important stages in the application process to Art and Design programmes at the University of Edinburgh: the UCAS application, and the mini-portfolio. This leaflet provides some information on the application process to Art and Design programmes in Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. 1 2 UCAS application Mini-portfolio BA (Hons) Art Deadline Monday 15 January 2018 Deadline noon (1st year entry only) W100 Tuesday 30 January 2018 Applications to Art and Design BA (Hons) Intermedia Art W900 programmes are made via UCAS: As part of your application to a programme in Art or Design at the BA (Hons) Painting W120 www.ucas.com University of Edinburgh, you will be BA (Hons) Photography W640 You will be asked to complete an asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to application form and provide personal provide evidence of your artistic aptitude BA (Hons) Sculpture W130 information, a record of your grades and and potential. MA (Hons) Fine Art achievements to date and a personal When you submit an application to (5-year degree, 1st year entry only) W150 statement about what you want to study UCAS, the University of Edinburgh will and why. BA (Hons) Animation W615 provide you with login details for the Your application form will also contain University’s web portal, MyEd. You will BA (Hons) Fashion W230 a reference from your teacher or tutor, use the EUCLID channel within MyEd BA (Hons) Film and Television P390 giving further information about your to access the mini-portfolio system and suitability for the choices you have made upload your work. BA (Hons) Graphic Design W210 and predicting your future exam grades. A decision will be made on your BA (Hons) Illustration W220 application following mini-portfolio ECA Sculpture Court assessment. You will not be asked to BA (Hons) Interior Design W250 submit any further work or attend BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing W721 an interview. BA (Hons) Performance Costume W451 BA (Hons) Product Design W240 BA (Hons) Textiles J420 2 3
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Minimum entry requirements Interviews MA (Hons) Fine Art HNC (UCAS code W150) Given the nature of our degree Overall pass with B or above We do not interview applicants to programmes, we are looking for in the graded unit programmes in Art and Design. The MA (Hons) Fine Art is a five-year a strong academic profile alongside Our programmes are some of the degree programme combining academic National 5: English at grade C your portfolio submission. most competitive in the UK and study with practice-based studio work. HNC subjects we have designed our admissions If you do not meet the minimum entry The theoretical and historical elements 3D Computer / 3D Design / Animation / process to enable applicants to show requirements as detailed below, we of the degree are principally taught in Art and Design / Contemporary Art us their potential via a system which are unlikely to make you an offer. the History of Art Department while Practice / Creative Industries / is accessible and fair to all. For entry requirements to MA (Hons) the visual research and studio-practice Fashion /Jewellery /Photography / Our mini-portfolio system was one elements are taught in the School of Fine Art, see: Textiles / Visual Communication of the first to be introduced in the UK Art, both within Edinburgh College of www.ed.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees and allows applicants to spend time Art. It is unique in its five-year duration Second year entry selecting their best and most interesting and 50/50 balance of theoretical and Entry to the second year is available. work for us to assess. We do not believe practice-based study. Successful completion of a Foundation First year entry it necessary to undertake a second Diploma (at Merit grade), a relevant HND While studying within the School of Art, assessment of work, and so offers SQA Highers or equivalent is required. Applicants will you will work in purpose-built studios in are made following mini-portfolio A B B B by the end of S5 normally be expected to have undertaken a friendly and challenging environment, assessment. All successful applicants or A B B B B/A A B B from S4 - S6, these qualifications in addition to having supported by a team of committed staff. will be invited to attend a Post-Offer with a minimum of B B B achieved met the minimum entry requirements for The other half of your studies will be Visit Day. in one year of S4 - S6 first year entry (Highers, A Levels, IB etc). spent studying the intensive Art History In some of our less competitive All applicants will have the opportunity component of the programme. Second National 5: English at grade C programmes it may be possible to to visit our facilities and meet programme year entry is not available to the MA GCE A Levels consider applicants presenting ABC staff and current students before making (Hons) Fine Art. ABB (or equivalent) or above at A Level. final decisions – we want to be sure that your decision to come and study with us GCSE: English at grade C These grades must have been achieved in is the right one for you. a single first sitting. BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Degree Show 2016 in Art and Design / Creative Media If you qualify for second year entry, you Industries will not be considered for first year entry. D M M (BTEC) or M (UAL) Other qualifications GCSE: English at grade C Other qualifications may also be suitable for entry. Please contact the Admissions International Baccalaureate Office for further information. Contact Award of Diploma with 34 points overall details can be found at the end and grades 655 in Higher Level subjects of this leaflet. Standard Level: English at grade 5 4 5
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Adult returner or mature What happens next? Important Dates Contact applicants Once we have assessed your mini- If you have any questions regarding Mid-September UCAS Apply opens An adult returner is a student who has portfolio(s), we will contact you with our admission to Art and Design programmes had a continuous gap of at least three decision by the end of March. If you are Early December EUCLID Mini- (non-standard qualifications, year of years at some point in his/her formal made an offer, you will be invited to Portfolio opens entry etc.), please contact: education, and who has not already attend a Post-Offer Visit day. 15 January UCAS deadline College of Arts, Humanities gained a degree. Post-Offer Visit days for Home/EU and Social Sciences Adult returners will be applying to the If you are made an offer, you will applicants Undergraduate Admissions Office University from a range of backgrounds, subsequently be invited to attend a 30 January Mini-portfolio 55 - 60 George Square with a variety of different qualifications Post-Offer Visit day. Post-Offer Visit days deadline University of Edinburgh and having had very different life typically take place in March and April EH8 9JU experiences prior to their application. and are opportunities for successful 30 June Final deadline for The University values the contribution applicants to learn more about their UCAS applications Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565 that such students make to the diversity subject areas and life as a student at from applicants Email: CAHSS.UGAdmissions of the student community. Edinburgh College of Art and the from outside @ed.ac.uk University of Edinburgh. You will meet the EU There is one stipulation we make for all with academic staff and current students adult returner applicants – they must have from your programme, tour the studios undertaken recent and relevant accredited and other facilities and attend general Do not leave your application and study within three years prior to entry to information sessions. You mini-portfolio to the last minute. their chosen degree programme. will also get the chance to visit other Late mini-portfolio submissions We accept a range of academic University facilities such as the main will not be accepted. Vera Babida, BA (Hons) Animation, 2016 qualifications, including access library and sports centre. programmes and open studies and encourage potential students to contact the Admissions Office for further advice. Contact details can be found at the end of this leaflet. Some adult learners may have already achieved an undergraduate degree. While this does not prevent you from applying to the University, you should be aware that where competition is high, preference will be given to students who have not had a previous opportunity to study at degree level. You may wish to discuss this with the Admissions Office prior to making an application. 6 7
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Saskia Cameron, BA (Hons) Illustration, 2016 Requirements MINI-PORTFOLIO: A GUIDE For applications to Film & Television Introduction you should upload one digital video file (or a URL link to it), up to five minutes As part of your application, you are in length and accompanied by a short required to submit a mini-portfolio passage of text. In addition you will as evidence of your artistic ability and be asked to give written answers to potential. You should begin to plan three questions. your mini-portfolio as soon as you decide to apply. For all other applications, we expect to see images of your development/ Assessors are not necessarily expecting sketchbook work, your resolved work, a showcase of final work, but rather an and images which demonstrate your indication of work in progress showing influences. You may wish to include how you approach an idea or subject and supporting/explanatory text. develop the work from initial thought, through experimentation and enquiry, The images demonstrating your to resolved work. influences may be images of work or objects which have inspired or influenced In this guide, you will find details of what your work e.g. people working in the we are looking for and how your work same medium or for the same audience, will be assessed. You will also find some now or in the past; people interested in general tips on how to plan and present the same subject or theme, now or in the your work and what makes a strong past; natural or man-made phenomena, portfolio in different subject areas. Katie Strachan, BA (Hons) Sculpture, 2017 objects, places or events which have inspired or provoked a response. Paul Crone, BA (Hons) Film & TV, 2016 8 9
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Assessment Planning and Presentation Art (Including Art, Fine Art, – Evidence of sequencing or pattern in Intermedia Art, Painting, folio (e.g. drawings/prints of objects Portfolios are assessed by a team of Assessors are interested in how you have Photography and Sculpture) changing state, drawings/prints of academic staff who are particularly decided to put your portfolio together. repeating pattern etc.) interested in how you research and This means that your portfolio should A strong portfolio submission will show develop ideas in a visual way and how be carefully planned and well presented. evidence of independent work beyond – Evidence of narrative or storytelling you engage with your chosen discipline. school/college projects. Assessors are such as written evidence, storyboarding, Assessors will be judging your ability This is broken down into four main looking for work which shows original comic strips, scripts etc. to edit your work so be selective and areas of assessment, briefly summarised thinking as well as depth, personality strategic in your choice of material. – Self-initiated projects beyond school/ as follows: and visual understanding. Look out into Aim to show a clear narrative or sense college work. the world, slow down and examine your – Enquiry and Visual Research shows of the themes in your work, as well as surroundings honestly and inquiringly. – Practical animation experiments – we the level of your engagement in the connections between the pieces. want to see your attempts at animation, intelligent, structured visual enquiry Ideas are more important than technical If you have lots of high quality work, regardless of quality, as evidence of and how well you communicate this ability and assessors want to see work include it. It can show that you have your experience of the level of effort with conceptual underpinning, not – Idea Development and Material/ talent in breadth and are hardworking required to create animation. just a random selection of images – be Technical Exploration shows your and committed. If you haven’t, select your selective and strategic in your choice – An awareness of animators, as well ability to appropriately explore and best: these key gems can show us that of work. Above all, assessors are looking as animated films. develop ideas, and your level of skills you know what you are good at, and how to see a reflection of your true interests in the use of materials or techniques to show it. Resist the temptation to pad In addition, applicants to 2nd year and a real commitment to the ambition out your portfolio with mediocre work. should display: – Critical Judgement, Selection to study Art. & Resolution shows how well you Each image can be accompanied by a – Evidence of practical animation beyond Animation judge which ideas have the most small amount of text – you can use this character design, layout and appropriate potential and your ability to explain the ideas behind the work, A strong portfolio is likely to display storyboarding – a completed film is to bring them to a level of completion the challenge undertaken or any other the following: the best indicator. appropriate to your intended outcome significant factors. – Confident use of a variety of drawing – Familiarity with at least some of the – Contextual Awareness shows the extent Consideration should also be given to media and techniques. following software: 3D modelling of your knowledge of the subject you the graphical layout of the portfolio. & animation packages e.g. Maya, – Originality in content, style and have applied for and how your work Remember that assessors will be looking 3D Studio Max; 2D painting or photo execution. relates to it at your work on a screen so the digital manipulation packages e.g. Photoshop, image you present to them is what they – Observational drawing – evidence of Painter; compositing software How the content of a portfolio provides assess. Poor quality photographs and bad ability to draw the things that you can e.g. Premiere, After Effects. evidence for the above categories will scans of your work will not create a good see, not just the things that you imagine. vary enormously depending on the impression. Take the time and care to Life drawing can be one of the best person and the subject being applied to, make your work look as good as possible. indicators of this ability. and no two portfolios will be the same. 10 11
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Fashion We are looking for a clear understanding – Above all, while drawing and digital Interior Design of what it means to employ film/video as skills are desirable, assessors are A strong portfolio is likely to display A strong portfolio is likely to display a mean of artistic expression and as such looking to see ideas. Ideas should the following: the following: portfolios consisting of showreels, music be evident at the centre of any – Excellent drawing skills (e.g. creative videos, travel reports or storyboards are work presented. – An aptitude for hand sketching fashion illustrations, life drawing, unlikely to meet our criteria. (in situ as opposed to from a In addition, applicants to 2nd year drawing clothes on people, still life) photograph), in any medium, of – What kind or research and preparation should display: in a range of media with evidence of a variety of interior environments did you carry out to produce this film? a personal illustration style. – Evidence of more lateral thinking. showing an understanding of 3D (Maximum 250 words) spaces and perspective. – An awareness of contemporary art, – Experimentation and risk taking. – Give a short description of the two main design and fashion. – Evidence of ability to engage with the roles that interest you in a film – Graphic application, i.e. use skills with unfamiliar, such as projects that show – Strong research skills from primary production. What do you consider to be typography and a larger volume of text, an understanding of materials and and secondary sources. the main responsibilities and activities leading to compositions. evidence of experimentation. of these departments? Why are you – A good understanding of the – Ideally some work on a client or more interested in performing these roles? – Interior-based projects beyond those development process through to commercial brief. (Maximum 250 words) focused on a domestic interior. final piece. Illustration – If you were given the assignment to – Projects that show evidence of an – Consideration of professional make a short 3-minute film with the A strong portfolio is likely to display understanding/ engagement with presentation and styling of finished theme ‘Cultural Diversity’, how would the following: people, either in who the projects are for work. you carry out the research, plan the or what they hope to achieve in relation – Evidence of a confident and expressive In addition, applicants to 2nd year budget and realise the production of to atmosphere and environment created. visual language. should be displaying: this short film? Present a concise and – The development of your work showing clear plan. (Maximum 500 words) – A clear narrative or evidence of themes. – Evidence of experimental 3D creative how initial inspiration/ research has pattern-cutting. Graphic Design – Imagination, inventiveness, vitality, flair. resulted in your final solution, and the journey taken in-between. – Sewing skills and ability at garment A strong portfolio is likely to display – Visual perception. manufacture. the following: – A thoughtful approach to the content – Intelligent, original communication and graphical layout of the portfolio Film & TV – Evidence of concepts and problem- of ideas and stories. itself. solving. The portfolio is made up of written – Basic understanding of computer answers to three questions (below) and – Experimentation with materials and programmes such as SketchUp, a short film. The film should consist of a how ideas develop into resolved pieces. Photoshop and AutoCAD is desirable dramatic, documentary or experimental – Typographic skills. but not essential. work. The film should be no more than five minutes long and ideally be a – 2D and 3D skills. – An awareness of key players in modern complete work, or else a strong excerpt architecture, and engagement in the – A broad range of projects undertaken that shows your ability to express a story wider design world in general. with a variety of outputs not just one or concept through audio-visual material. idea, technique or theme. 12 13
ECA: ART & D eSIGN HOW TO A PPLY 2018 E C A : A RT & De S I GN HOW T O A PPLY 2018 Jewellery and Silversmithing Performance Costume Product Design Textiles A strong portfolio is likely to display A strong portfolio is likely to display A strong portfolio is likely to display A strong portfolio is likely to display the following: the following: the following: the following: – Drawing in its widest sense, including – Strong drawing ability and image- – Evidence of explorations through – Well-developed, relevant and – but not restricted to: collage, test making ability. media that demonstrate strong original work. pieces and experiments with materials, drawing and image-making skills. – Engagement with textiles. – Evidence of personal enquiry visual source material, photography, – Evidence of making. Some level of and direction. painting and digital design. – Experience of costume design for prototyping, modelling through character, often evidenced through – Some consistency of thought or theme. – A selection of observational drawings diverse media, with evidence school project or personal project. of personally selected subject matter of experimentation. – Commitment to the study of textiles. (architecture, objects, people, nature – Manual skill in making, e.g. millinery, – Design process. Demonstration of – Some personal and/or independent etc.) costume, models, puppets etc. iterative thinking and designing work. – Three-dimensional models in a range – Evidence of creative thinking through including sketchbooks. Individual – Strong drawing skills. of materials clearly presented in an design development, experimentation creativity in response to mundane accessible way. with materials, interesting and varied briefs. Demonstration of personal research. interests. – Resolved work that shows a combination of creativity, hand skills, – Unexpected and creative conjunctions – Research sensibility. Indication that care and attention and an interest of materials and ideas or references, applicants look beyond their own in materials and their properties. and their synthesis. imagination for inspiration – images of people in their work, of things in the – An awareness of contemporary – Practical implementation of costume world, photographic studies, sketches, makers and designers in jewellery design, e.g. involvement with costuming stories, cinema and wider culture. and silversmithing as well as a wider performance, perhaps a school play or interest in art and design and inter- amateur theatre group. related disciplines. – Engagement with contemporary design, – Evidence of individuality, curiosity, awareness of contemporary trends, patience and professional practice. designers, film, drama, exhibitions. 14 Felicity Lynden, BA (Hons) Jewellery & Silversmithing, 2016 Roberta Fox, BA (Hons) Textiles, 2017 15
CONTACT For further information please contact: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office 55 - 60 George Square University of Edinburgh EH8 9JU T: +44 (0)131 650 3565 E: CAHSS.UGAdmissions @ed.ac.uk All information is correct at time of going to print. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission of the University. June 2017 / Issue 3. The University of Edinburgh is a charitable Above: Degree Show 2015 body, registered in Scotland, with Cover image: Florence Wilson, Graphic Design BA (Hons), 2017 registration number SC005336.
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