art and design portfolio

Do you need impartial advice about your art college portfolio and digital portfolio?

It can be quite difficult to get some perspective and clarity to bring it all together for submission. Getting a fresh pair of eyes on your work can really consolidate your application.

Whether you’re struggling to edit or organise your work, or maybe you just want a second opinion on your work, then these sessions will get you off on the right foot for 2018!

– 2 hour session to review and select work for interview/folio drop – details below.

– 2 hour session to review and select work that should be included in your digital portfolio for you to compile – details below.

– usually a full day session to review, select and actually compile work so that your digital portfolio is ready to go and upload.


Portfolio reviews
folio reviews

Priced at £80, these practical, 2 hour hands-on sessions from expert in portfolio preparation are designed to select pieces from your sketchbooks and folio that demonstrate a clear transition through the creative process. These reviews take place from early December to enable you to gauge where you are with your work and if there are holes that need to be filled. Thus giving you time to fill gaps and make your best possible portfolio. Your digital portfolio may be the first 'round' of the selection process. Then depending on the quality of this submission you may or may not be invited to interview – it's crucial to get it right.

Talking about your work whilst we do this will give you the skills and confidence to ensure that you represent yourself to your best ability. We'll identify the strengths and weaknesses in your folio and you'll learn how to talk about it ALL positively at interview.

Whether you’re struggling to edit or organise your work, or maybe you just want a second opinion on your work then this session will get you off on the right foot for 2018!

Digital portfolio package

Having the skills and time to create your digital portfolio for your art college application can be quite challenging in anyone's opinion. Not only do you need to create a cracking portfolio including sketchbooks but you need to be able to represent this physical portfolio in a digital format.

Quite inconveniently many of the colleges require your work to be submitted in differing formats, file sizes, categories and quantities of pieces.

We can help you to relieve the burden.

  • we review, advise and edit the content of your actual portfolio for inclusion in your digital portfolio
  • we scan and/or photograph your work (optional, if you want to do this yourself)
  • we compile your digital portfolio for you
  • £460 for one college/uni application. To re-format this for more colleges we charge £60 per additional college.

*If you're not able to attend sessions in person we can work via Skype if you can digitise your portfolio yourself to send to us.

We have 2 options, we can meet in sessions as outlined below or we do find that scheduling a full day together, we can nail it in one session!

Session 1: We meet initially with your work for 2 hours to assess your folio and make a plan of action. In this first session we will:

  • look at the digital portfolio requirements from your chosen college/uni course.
  • review your work and plan where your work fits into their categories of development, final and context (or other groupings as requested by the college/uni).
  • £80 is payable at the end of this session. If we are to proceed with the digital portfolio application further payment of £380 is due prior to further commencement.

Following this initial meeting we will then:

  • photograph and/or scan your work to college/uni specification
  • compile your digital portfolio to 'draft' stage.

Session 2: We will then meet for one more 2 hour session where we will finalise the images for you to upload and sign off the digital portfolio.

"The prospect of creating and organising a digital folio alone was pretty daunting. I felt uncertain and a little bit lost as to where to start. Portfolio Oomph helped organise and compile my folio whilst also giving me confidence in the digital folio I presented. The support given was hugely beneficial as it helped me understand what the universities wanted from a digital folio and ensured that I met all deadlines in advance."  Hazel Laing – successful entrance into 2nd year at ECA.

"It was really helpful to take out a full day to get it all done, otherwise I would have had no idea how to display my work and show it off the best I could. The day was relaxed and enjoyable and I felt it suited me to work through my portfolio slowly, deciding exactly what to put in and where to put it." Erin Dougherty

How do we arrange a folio / digital folio review?
folio reviews

Please contact us immediately once you know you want to apply to an art college/uni that requires a digital portfolio submission. Contact us from the contact page or by phone 07815 810797.

This is a very busy time of year for Portfolio Oomph and we have limited time resources. Given that Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art digital portfolio submission dates are mid January you need to ensure you contact us before the end of the December prior.

If you wish to organise a portfolio review prior to interview please contact us at least 2 weeks before your interview. This is to ensure availability but also to enable you to action points discussed.

Portfolio Oomph does not offer refunds on any of its products or services. Portfolio Oomph offers you the best possible chance of creating a portfolio that will secure you a place at art college. However we cannot guarantee that by using our learning materials/mentoring services that you will be accepted to art college. The website, its content and all mentoring services are a support to aid your application, not a passport to a place.

(Please read our terms and conditions).