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How to showcase your creative work online

In the era of social media, interviews over Google Meet and online learning and working, it feels more important than ever to have a digital portfolio available. Here's some top tips to get you started.

Plymouth College of Art is a place where your creativity and personality can shine. We don’t just care about your exam results we want to look at you as a whole and get to know your creative potential. Exams are only part of the picture, especially this year! We believe your portfolio can show us your true potential as a creator, maker and thinker.

But how do you go about showing your portfolio digitally? Especially, if your creative practice doesn’t involve any digital work. How is best to showcase your talents during your interview and portfolio review?

To get started, have a think about what platform would work best for you. Some popular options could be; YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Wix, Behance, WordPress, Squarespace and Issuu. Each offers different display options and can help inspire new and interesting ways to showcase your work. You could even use a combination of two platforms. For example, you could build a portfolio website using Wix or Squarespace and embed links to your moving image work on YouTube.

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Once you’ve established what platform you’re going to use you can begin piecing everything together and building your portfolio. Here are some tips to get you started:

Take professional photos that show your work at its best. Alternatively, if you have something such as clothing or textile design that looks better when moving or on the body, why not make a gif or video showcasing your work? Avoid busy backgrounds or have a go at building a set that compliments your work. It is another chance to showcase your skillset and thought process behind your work.

Look at the portfolios of companies or artists you admire for inspiration.

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By looking at the portfolios and websites of designers or artists you like, you can get a better idea of what you'd like yours to look like. Image by Thyra Bankole, BA (Hons) Graphic Communication graduate

Check out websites such as Pinterest for portfolio design inspiration.

Keep your portfolio up-to-date with your latest work. If you’ve been experimental during the lockdown, include some of this work. It doesn’t have to be completed, perfect work - we just want to see how your mind works.

Include titles and descriptions of work but keep them brief and meaningful. You can go into more detail during your interview so be sure to make notes on each piece so you can refer back to this later.

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Moodboards are a great way of showing your thought process behind a design or piece of work, you could either scan or photograph yours or make them digitally using image software.

Feel free to include sketchbook work. What goes on behind the scenes of a project can be just as interesting as the final result, so don’t be afraid to add in any experimentation or sketches that led to a finished piece.

You can also find out what some of our Subject Leaders said about what they’re looking for from an applicant, as well as get some of their top tips for interviews and portfolios.