Applicant Taster Days
This page provides portfolio guidance for UK students applying to our BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture course.
If you are applying to any of the following courses as a full-time UK student you will not need to submit a portfolio as part of your application:
- BA (Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part 1 Exemption)
- BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
- BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design
If you are an EU or International Student then you can find the relevant portfolio guidance here.
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture Portfolio Guidance
The following guidelines will help you to create your portfolio, but it is important to note that you aren’t restricted to these. Whatever you choose to include, the most important thing to show is that you’re interested and passionate about landscape architecture.
- Show us a diverse range of work. Examples of the type of work that you can include are: technical drawings, observational sketches, drawings, paintings, three-dimensional work, CAD work, graphic designs, or photos of horticultural or construction work.
- We suggest including up to 20 pieces of work in an A3 or A2 folder.
- If you don’t have much work of your own, research landscape architecture projects and explain why you like them, or how they’ve inspired you.
- If you're coming from a traditional route such as A Level or BTEC training try to include evidence of drawing, collage, photography and artist process pictures of landscape.
- If you come from a more specific landscape architecture background it would be useful to include: technical drawings (use of CAD), construction knowledge and planting knowledge/ experience e.g.projects built.
- To represent large 3D pieces we ask that you take a few of photographs from a variety of angles rather than bring them in. Try to take the photos from a perspective angle so that they look like the view a person would have when looking at the structure.
- It is important to show final pieces, but perhaps even more important to show the development of them. We want to see the thinking behind your work and how your ideas develop. This can be demonstrated through sketchbooks and journals.
- Tailor your portfolio towards your audience (the reviewer) by starting with your best piece of work. This should be a piece that you like and can easily talk about.
Skills we would like to see
- Hand drawing.
- Creative thinking.
- Evidence that you’re enthusiastic about the subject.
Preparing for your portfolio review
The last part of putting your portfolio together is to practise speaking about it, as we will ask you about your work and what made you apply to the course during your portfolio review.
Remember, this isn’t to put you on the spot, it’s a dialogue to help us understand your aspirations and how the course fits them. When preparing for your review consider the following questions:
- What is your favourite piece of work and why?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Who are you inspired by?
- What are your aspirations?
- Why do you want to study BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University?