17 Feb 2014
how to mount a portfolio for art college
How to present artwork for art college

So, you've applied to art college through UCAS if you're here in the UK. You’re off to your interview and you need to get your art college portfolio looking amazing because you’re going to get a place at the college of your dreams – yes! Good. Positive thinking we like. We often get asked how to present artwork for art college and there are a few simple rules to keep things clear. Remember that anything you show in your art college portfolio is really a reflection of you, your commitment to the course and ambition for your creative career. Take it seriously, spend some time making your portfolio shine and the rest should all fall into place.

If you are at school you may be used to mounting your work on black or coloured sugar paper, but this really is a no-no for art college – please don't. So is double mounting and mounting lots of things on one page, keep it white, keep it simple and don't spend too much money (we expand more in our eBook).

Take a look at the 2 images below. The first one is mounted on black sugar paper, too many images on the page with very little border around the edges. When you're thinking about how to present artwork for art college you really need to spend some time planning and following the advice in our 'How to present and mount work' eBook. When you look at the same images placed on white, spaced out a little then you can see the work just looks so much better, (there is a reason why art galleries are painted white you know!)

How to present artwork for art college sugar-paper-mounting2

Get our 17 page eBook ‘How to present and mount your work’.


What a lovely eBook and such nice people to deal with. I am tempted to print off the book in hard copy. I'm long past being an art student but still the hints on mounting and presentation are most useful to me. Mike Cummings

You may well have already done a bit of mounting to get your digital portfolio looking good, if so, well done. We mentioned that this book also covers general 'house keeping' about looking after your work, rolling work, masking tape on corners and just things that are good practice and should be done on an ongoing basis. If you missed our Christmas holiday checklist of things to do in preparation for your interview it's here again below. You're interview is really important too, see our blog post on preparing for this chance to impress and talk about your fabulous portfolio!


We'd love to see any example of your beautifully mounted work before interview….post us a reply below with a link to your work – thanks!


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