ART & DESIGN 2020 - University of Edinburgh

ART & DESIGN 2020 - University of Edinburgh

                                                                                                How to Apply

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ART & DESIGN 2020 - University of Edinburgh

                 Laura Sewell,
        Illustration BA (Hons),

                                  Important Dates
                                  Mid-September 2019          UCAS Apply opens

                                  2 December 2019 	EUCLID Portfolio opens

                                  15 January 2020 	UCAS guaranteed consideration

                                  28 January 2020             Portfolio deadline

                                  * UK/EU applicants need to apply by this date to be considered.
                                     Applicants from outside the UK/EU may be considered after
                                     this date, subject to availability.

                                  Do not leave your application and portfolio to the last minute.

                                  Late portfolio submissions will not be accepted.

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Application process

This leaflet provides some information on the application
process to undergraduate Art and Design programmes in
Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh.
There are two important stages in the application process
to Art and Design programmes at the University of
Edinburgh: the UCAS application, and the portfolio.

1                                           2
UCAS application                            Portfolio
Deadline Wednesday 15 January 2020          Deadline noon
                                            Tuesday 28 January 2020
Applications to Art and Design
programmes are made via UCAS:               As part of your application to a
                                            programme in Art or Design at the
                                            University of Edinburgh, you will be
You will be asked to complete an            asked to submit a digital portfolio to
application form and provide personal       provide evidence of your artistic
information, a record of your grades        aptitude and potential.
and achievements to date and a personal
                                            When you submit an application to
statement about what you want to study
                                            UCAS, the University of Edinburgh will
and why.
                                            provide you with login details for the
Your application form will also contain     University’s web portal, MyEd. You will
a reference from your teacher or tutor,     use the EUCLID channel within MyEd
giving further information about your       to access the portfolio system and
suitability for the choices you have made   upload your work.
and predicting your future exam grades.

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                                                      International Baccalaureate
    STANDARD entry requirements
                                                      Award of Diploma with 34 points overall
    Given the nature of our degree                    and grades 655 in Higher Level subjects
    programmes, we are looking for
                                                      Standard Level: English at grade 5
    a strong academic profile alongside
    your portfolio submission.                        HNC
    If you do not meet the standard entry             Overall pass with B or above
    requirements as detailed below, we                in the graded unit
    are unlikely to make you an offer.
                                                      National 5: English at grade C
    For entry requirements to MA (Hons)
                                                      HNC subjects
    Fine Art, see:
                                                      3D Computer / 3D Design / Animation /
                                                      Art and Design / Contemporary Art
                                                      Practice / Creative Industries /
                                                      Fashion /Jewellery /Photography /
    First year entry
                                                      Textiles / Visual Communication
    SQA Highers
                                                      Other subjects may be considered,
    ABBB by the end of S5*. If you haven’t            contact the Admissions Office for advice.
    achieved this by the end of S5 we may
    consider your application based on a              Second year entry
    strong performance in S6. A minimum
                                                      Entry to the second year is available.
    of BBB must be achieved in one year
                                                      Successful completion of a Foundation
    of S4–S6.
                                                      Diploma (at Merit grade), a relevant HND
    * ABBB by the end of S6 for widening access      or equivalent is required. Applicants
       applicants, see ‘Widening access’ on page 5.   completing a Foundation Diploma will
                                                      normally be expected to have met the
    National 5: English at grade C
                                                      entry requirements for first year entry
    GCE A Levels                                      as well (Highers, A Levels, IB, etc.).
    ABB                                               In some of our less competitive
                                                      programmes it may be possible to
    GCSE: English at grade C
                                                      consider applicants presenting ABC
    BTEC/UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma                 (or equivalent) at A Level. These grades
    in Art and Design                                 must have been achieved in a single
                                                      first sitting.
    D M M (BTEC) or M (UAL)

    GCSE: English at grade C

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Applicants completing a relevant               Other qualifications
HND will have met first year entry
                                               Other qualifications may also be suitable
requirements with a B in their HNC
                                               for entry.
graded unit.
                                               Please contact the Admissions Office
If you qualify for second year entry, you
                                               for further information.
will not be considered for first year entry.

Widening access

We believe everyone deserves an equal          Contact
opportunity to study at Edinburgh, but
we know that not everyone gets the same        If you have any questions regarding
chance to show their academic potential        admission to Art and Design programmes
at school or college. That’s why, when you     (non-standard qualifications, year of
apply to study here, we consider lots of       entry etc.), please contact:
different factors alongside your exam
results, and we provide support along          College of Arts, Humanities
the way to help you make a strong              and Social Sciences
application.                                   Undergraduate Admissions Office
                                               57 George Square
For more detail, and to find out about our     University of Edinburgh
applicant support programmes such as           Edinburgh
Access to Creative Education in Scotland       EH8 9JU
(ACES) visit:
                                               Tel:     +44 (0)131 650 3565           Email: 	CAHSS.UGAdmissions

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    Interviews                                   MA (Hons) Fine Art
                                                 (UCAS code W150)
    We do not interview applicants to
    programmes in Art and Design.                The MA (Hons) Fine Art is a five-year
    Our programmes are some of the               degree programme combining academic
    most competitive in the UK and               study with practice-based studio work.
    we have designed our admissions
    process to enable applicants to show         The theoretical and historical elements
    us their potential via a system which        of the degree are principally taught in
    is accessible and fair to all.               the School of History of Art while
                                                 the visual research and studio-practice
    Our portfolio system was one                 elements are taught in the School of
    of the first to be introduced in the         Art, both within Edinburgh College of
    UK and allows applicants to spend time       Art. It is unique in its five-year duration
    selecting their best and most interesting    and 50/50 balance of theoretical and
    work for us to assess. We do not believe     practice-based study.
    it necessary to undertake a second
    assessment of work, and so offers            While studying within the School of Art,
    are made following portfolio assessment.     you will work in purpose-built studios in
    All successful applicants will be invited    a friendly and challenging environment,
    to attend an Offer Holder Day.               supported by a team of committed staff.
                                                 The other half of your studies will be
    All applicants will have the opportunity     spent studying the intensive Art History
    to visit our facilities and meet programme   component of the programme. Second
    staff and current students before making     year entry is not available to the MA
    final decisions – we want to be sure that    (Hons) Fine Art.
    your decision to come and study with us
    is the right one for you.

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Adult returner or mature                     What happens next?
                                             We will contact you with our decision
An adult returner is a student who has       by the end of March. If you are made
had a continuous gap of at least three       an offer, you will be invited to attend
years at some point in their formal          an Offer Holder Day.
education.                                   Offer Holder Days
Adult returners will be applying to the      If you are made an offer, you will
University from a range of backgrounds,      subsequently be invited to attend an
with a variety of different qualifications   Offer Holder Day.
and having had very different life
experiences prior to their application.      Offer Holder Days typically take place in
The University values the contribution       March and April and are opportunities
that such students make to the diversity     for successful applicants to learn more
of the student community.                    about their subject areas and life as a
                                             student at Edinburgh College of Art and
There is one stipulation we make for all     the University of Edinburgh. You will
adult returner applicants – they must have   meet with academic staff and current
undertaken recent and relevant accredited    students from your programme, tour the
study within three years prior to entry to   studios and other facilities and attend
their chosen degree programme.               general information sessions. You
We accept a range of academic                will also get the chance to visit other
qualifications, including access             University facilities such as the main
programmes, HNC/Ds and Foundation            library and sports centre.
Diplomas 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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                               Degree Programmes
                               BA (Hons) Art
                               (1st year entry only)                    W100

                               BA (Hons) Intermedia Art                 W900

                               BA (Hons) Painting                       W120

                               BA (Hons) Photography                    W640

                               BA (Hons) Sculpture                      W130

                               MA (Hons) Fine Art
                               (5-year degree, 1st year entry only)     W150

                               BA (Hons) Animation                      W615

                               BA (Hons) Fashion                        W230

                               BA (Hons) Film and Television            P390

                               BA (Hons) Graphic Design                 W210

                               BA (Hons) Illustration                   W220

                               BA (Hons) Interior Design                W250

                               BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing   W721

                               BA (Hons) Performance Costume            W451

                               BA (Hons) Product Design                 W240

                               BA (Hons) Textiles                       J420

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                                               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 portfolio as evidence
                                               passage of text. In addition you will
of your artistic ability and potential. You
                                               be asked to give written answers to
should begin to plan your portfolio as
                                               three questions.
soon as you decide to apply.
                                               For applications to other Art and Design
Assessors are not necessarily expecting
                                               programmes we require:
a showcase of final work, but rather an
indication of work in progress showing         – up to 10 images of your development/
how you approach an idea or subject and           sketchbook work (minimum of
develop the work from initial thought,            5 images)
through experimentation and enquiry,
                                               – up to 10 images of your resolved work
to resolved work.
                                                  (minimum of 5 images)
In this guide, you will find details of what
                                               – up to 5 images which demonstrate your
we are looking for and how your work
                                                  influences (minimum of 2 images)
will be assessed. You will also find some
general tips on how to plan and present        You are encouraged to include some brief
your work and what makes a strong              supporting/explanatory text (maximum
portfolio in different subject areas.          100 characters) in the space provided
                                               alongside each image. The images
                                               demonstrating your influences may be
                                               images of work or objects which have
                                               inspired or influenced your work e.g.
                                               people working in the same medium or
                                               for the same audience, now or in the past;
                                               people interested in the same subject or
                                               theme, now or in the past; natural or
                                               man-made phenomena, objects, places or
                                               events which have inspired or provoked
                                               a response.

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     Assessment                                     – Selection and Resolution shows how
                                                       well you judge which ideas have the
     Portfolios are assessed by a team of
                                                       most appropriate potential and your
     academic staff who are particularly
                                                       ability to bring them to a level of
     interested in how you research and
                                                       completion appropriate to your
     develop ideas in a visual way and how
                                                       intended outcome.
     you engage with your chosen discipline.
     This is broken down into four main             – Contextual Awareness shows the extent
     areas of assessment, briefly summarised          of your knowledge of the subject you
     as follows:                                      have applied for and how your work
                                                      relates to it.
     – Visual Research and Enquiry shows
        the level of your engagement in             How the content of a portfolio provides
        intelligent, structured visual enquiry      evidence for the above categories will
        and how well you communicate this.          vary enormously depending on the
                                                    person and the subject being applied to,
     – Idea Development shows your ability
                                                    and no two portfolios will be the same.
        to appropriately explore and develop
        ideas, and your level of skills in the
        use of materials or techniques.

     Saskia Cameron, BA (Hons) Illustration, 2016

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Planning and Presentation                    Each image can be accompanied by a
                                             small amount of text, and applicants are
Assessors are interested in how you have
                                             strongly encouraged to make use of this
decided to put your portfolio together.
                                             opportunity. You should avoid including
This means that your portfolio should
                                             titles or descriptions of the work and
be carefully planned and well presented.
                                             instead explain the ideas behind the work,
Assessors will be judging your ability       the challenge undertaken or any other
to edit your work, so be selective and       significant factors. It may also be useful to
strategic in your choice of material.        explain why you have included the image
Aim to show a clear narrative or sense       in its particular category (development
of the themes in your work, as well as       work, resolved work or influences).
the connections between the pieces.          Consideration should also be given to the
                                             graphical layout of the portfolio.
If you have lots of high quality work,
                                             Remember that assessors will be looking
include it. It can show that you have
                                             at your work on a screen so the digital
talent in breadth and are hardworking
                                             image you present to them is what they
and committed. If you haven’t, select your
                                             assess. Poor quality photographs and bad
best: these key gems can show us that
                                             scans of your work will not create a good
you know what you are good at, and how
                                             impression. Take the time and care to
to show it. Resist the temptation to pad
                                             make your work look as good as possible.
out your portfolio with mediocre work.

Imogen Richards, Painting BA (Hons), 2019


     Art (including Art, Fine Art,             Ideas are more important than technical
     Intermedia Art, Painting,                 ability and assessors want to see work
     Photography and Sculpture)                with conceptual underpinning, not
                                               just a random selection of images – be
     A strong portfolio submission will show
                                               selective and strategic in your choice
     evidence of independent work beyond
                                               of work. Above all, assessors are looking
     school/college projects. Assessors are
                                               to see a reflection of your true interests
     looking for work which shows original
                                               and a real commitment to the ambition
     thinking as well as depth, personality
                                               to study Art.
     and visual understanding. Look out into
     the world, slow down and examine your
     surroundings honestly and inquiringly.

     Brandon Logan, Fine Art MA, 2019

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Animation                                       – Practical animation experiments – we
                                                   want to see your attempts at animation,
A strong portfolio is likely to display
                                                   regardless of quality, as evidence of
the following:
                                                   your experience of the level of effort
– Confident use of a variety of drawing           required to create animation.
   media and techniques.
                                                – An awareness of animators, as well
– Originality in content, style and               as animated films.
                                                In addition, applicants to 2nd year
– Observational drawing – evidence of          should display:
   ability to draw the things that you can
                                                – Evidence of practical animation
   see, not just the things that you imagine.
                                                   beyond character design, layout and
   Life drawing can be one of the best
                                                   storyboarding – a completed film is
   indicators of this ability.
                                                   the best indicator.
– Evidence of sequencing or pattern in
                                                – Familiarity with at least some of the
   folio (e.g. drawings/prints of objects
                                                   following software: 3D modelling
   changing state, drawings/prints of
                                                   & animation packages e.g. Maya,
   repeating pattern etc.)
                                                   3D Studio Max; 2D painting or photo
– Evidence of narrative or storytelling           manipulation packages e.g. Photoshop,
   such as written evidence, storyboarding,        Painter; compositing software
   comic strips, scripts etc.                      e.g. Premiere, After Effects.

– Self-initiated projects beyond school/
   college work.
                                                           Isabella Avery, Animation BA (Hons), 2019


     Fashion                                      Film & TV

     A strong portfolio is likely to display      The portfolio is made up of written
     the following:                               answers to three questions (below) and
                                                  a short film. The film should consist of a
     – Excellent drawing skills (e.g. creative
                                                  dramatic, documentary or experimental
        fashion illustrations, life drawing,
                                                  work. The film should be no more
        drawing clothes on people, still life)
                                                  than five minutes long and ideally be a
        in a range of media with evidence of
                                                  complete work, or else a strong excerpt
        a personal illustration style.
                                                  that shows your ability to express a story
     – An awareness of contemporary art,         or concept through audio-visual material.
        design and fashion.                       If your film is not in English it should
                                                  include English subtitles.
     – Strong research skills from primary
        and secondary sources.                    We are looking for a clear understanding
                                                  of what it means to employ film/video as
     – A good understanding of the
                                                  a mean of artistic expression and as such
        development process through
                                                  portfolios consisting of showreels, music
        to final piece.
                                                  videos, travel reports or storyboards are
     – Consideration of professional             unlikely to meet our criteria.
        presentation and styling of finished
                                                  – What kind or research and preparation
                                                     did you carry out to produce this film?
     In addition, applicants to 2nd year             (Maximum 250 words)
     should be displaying:
                                                  – Give a short description of the two
     – Evidence of experimental 3D creative         main roles that interest you in a film
        pattern-cutting.                             production. What do you consider to be
                                                     the main responsibilities and activities
     – Sewing skills and ability at garment
                                                     of these departments? Why are you
                                                     interested in performing these roles?
                                                     (Maximum 250 words)

                                                  – If you were given the assignment to
                                                     make a short 3-minute film with the
                                                     theme ‘Cultural Diversity’, how would
                                                     you carry out the research, plan the
                                                     budget and realise the production of
                                                     this short film? Present a concise and
                                                     clear plan. (Maximum 500 words)

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Julian Vogel, Film & Television BA (Hons), 2019

            Alex Sixuan Fan, Fashion BA (Hons), 2019

     Graphic Design                                       In addition, applicants to 2nd year
                                                          should display:
     A strong portfolio is likely to display
     the following:                                       – Evidence of more lateral thinking.

     – Evidence of concepts and problem-                 – Experimentation and risk taking.
                                                          – Graphic application, i.e. use skills with
     – Experimentation with materials and                   typography and a larger volume of text,
        how ideas develop into resolved pieces.              leading to compositions.

     – Typographic skills.                               – Ideally some work on a client or more
                                                             commercial brief.
     – 2D and 3D skills.
     – A broad range of projects undertaken
        with a variety of outputs not just one            A strong portfolio is likely to display
        idea, technique or theme.                         the following:

     – Above all, while drawing and digital              – Evidence of a confident and expressive
        skills are desirable, assessors are                  visual language.
        looking to see ideas. Ideas should
                                                          – A clear narrative or evidence of themes.
        be evident at the centre of any
        work presented.                                   – Imagination, inventiveness, vitality, flair.

                                                          – Visual perception.

                                                          – Intelligent, original communication
                                                             of ideas and stories.

     Victoria Underwood, Graphic Design BA (Hons), 2019

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Interior Design                                 Jewellery and Silversmithing

A strong portfolio is likely to display         A strong portfolio is likely to display
the following:                                  the following:

– An aptitude for hand sketching               – Drawing in its widest sense, including
   (in situ as opposed to from a                   – but not restricted to: collage, test
   photograph), in any medium, of                  pieces and experiments with materials,
   a variety of interior environments              visual source material, photography,
   showing an understanding of 3D                  painting and digital design.
   spaces and perspective.
                                                  selection of observational drawings
– Evidence of ability to engage with the        of personally selected subject matter
   unfamiliar, such as projects that show        (architecture, objects, people, nature etc.)
   an understanding of materials and
                                                – Three-dimensional models in a range
   evidence of experimentation.
                                                   of materials clearly presented in an
– Interior-based projects beyond those            accessible way.
   focused on a domestic interior.
                                                – Resolved work that shows a
– Projects that show evidence of an               combination of creativity, hand skills,
   understanding/engagement with                   care and attention and an interest
   people, either in who the projects are for      in materials and their properties.
   or what they hope to achieve in relation
                                                – An awareness of contemporary
   to atmosphere and environment created.
                                                   makers and designers in jewellery
– The development of your work showing            and silversmithing as well as a wider
   how initial inspiration/research has            interest in art and design and inter-
   resulted in your final solution, and            related disciplines.
   the journey taken in-between.
                                                – Evidence of individuality, curiosity,
– A thoughtful approach to the content            patience and professional practice.
   and graphical layout of the portfolio
   itself.                                             Zhan Shi, Jewellery & Silversmithing MFA, 2019

– Basic understanding of computer
   programmes such as SketchUp,
   Photoshop and AutoCAD is desirable
   but not essential.

– An awareness of key players in modern
   architecture, and engagement in the
   wider design world in general.


     Performance Costume                                        – Unexpected and creative conjunctions
                                                                   of materials and ideas or references,
     A strong portfolio is likely to display
                                                                   and their synthesis.
     the following:
                                                                – Practical implementation of costume
     – Strong drawing ability and image-
                                                                   design, e.g. involvement with costuming
        making ability.
                                                                   performance, perhaps a school play or
     – Engagement with textiles.                                  amateur theatre group.

     – Experience of costume design for                        – Engagement with contemporary design,
        character, often evidenced through                         awareness of contemporary trends,
        school project or personal project.                        designers, film, drama, exhibitions.

     – Manual skill in making, e.g. millinery,
        costume, models, puppets etc.

     – Evidence of creative thinking through
        design development, experimentation
        with materials, interesting and varied
     Rowan Leckie-Howell, Performance Costume BA (Hons), 2019       Guillaume Gauvrit, Product Design BA (Hons), 2019

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Product Design                                 Textiles

A strong portfolio is likely to display        A strong portfolio is likely to display
the following:                                 the following:

– Evidence of explorations through            – Well-developed, relevant and
   media that demonstrate strong                  original work.
   drawing and image-making skills.
                                               – Evidence of personal enquiry
– Evidence of making. Some level of              and direction.
   prototyping, modelling through
                                               – Some consistency of thought or theme.
   diverse media, with evidence
   of experimentation.                         – Commitment to the study of textiles.

– Design process. Demonstration of            – Some personal and/or independent
   iterative thinking and designing               work.
   including sketchbooks. Individual
                                               – Strong drawing skills.
   creativity in response to mundane
   briefs. Demonstration of personal

– Research sensibility. Indication that                    Claudine Stiles, Textiles BA (Hons), 2019
   applicants look beyond their own
   imagination for inspiration – images
   of people in their work, of things in the
   world, photographic studies, sketches,
   stories, cinema and wider culture.

                                                        For further information
                                                        please contact:

                                                        College of Arts, Humanities
                                                        and Social Sciences
Kirsty Webster-Crowe, Interior Design BA (Hons), 2019   Undergraduate
                                                        Admissions Office
                                                        57 George Square
                                                        University of Edinburgh
                                                        EH8 9JU

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

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