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                                                                                           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.
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                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                       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

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    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                                                        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

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    Adult returner or mature                     What happens next?                            Important Dates                             Contact
                                                 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                     
                                                 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.
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    Saskia Cameron, BA (Hons) Illustration, 2016

                                                                              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

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     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
        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
       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.

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     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.
                                                  – 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
                                                     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.
     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.
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     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.

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                                                               please contact:

                                                               College of Arts,
                                                               and Social Sciences
                                                               Admissions Office
                                                               55 - 60 George Square
                                                               University of Edinburgh
                                                               EH8 9JU

                                                               T:     +44 (0)131 650 3565
                                                               E:     CAHSS.UGAdmissions

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