In my previous post ‘Why I Want to Study Architecture’, I outlined my interests in design and motivations for studying architecture. I am pleased to update that I am now well underway with the university admissions process. It has been one of the most stressful and time-consuming challenges throughout high-school, having to write the ‘perfect’ personal statement, getting a reference from school teachers and compiling a digital and physical portfolio for application to art school and attending an interview day.
To my excitement, only a few days after I submitted my online portfolio to art school I received an email inviting me to attend an interview. Since I had only just finished my digital portfolio it was a huge rush to present my work in physical form. This was my first time going into an interview situation and it was nerve-wracking to say the least. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and confident I felt once I had settled into the interview. It is true when they say that the staff want you to feel as comfortable as possible. My 25-minute interview was mostly spent discussing my inspirations and influences, which was a subject that I was happy to speak on. My extracurricular activities such as work experience and portfolio preparation were also good points of discussion and I was told that they showed dedication. When leaving my interview, all I could think was that it was a massive relief, all the hard work I had put into my university application was now over.
Rewind several months to before I had even officially started my application, it was at the front of my mind. I undertook a 4-day work placement at Scott Brownrigg Architects, to discover the realities of working as an architect, gaining professional experience and proving that I had a strong interest in architecture as a career. All of these were points which were incorporated into both my personal statement and reference.
As well as this work experience, I have been attending a Portfolio Preparation class at Tramway Visual Arts Studio in order to aid me in creating my digital and physical art and design portfolio. This class has been immensely helpful at introducing me to new techniques, adding another style to my work and supporting me through all the technical difficulties of uploading a portfolio.
I feel that I have done everything that I can to produce my best work and show my capability for the courses that I have applied to, it is now just a matter of waiting patiently (which I am not very good at!).
A few examples of the work in my portfolio: