Monday, 8 October 2012

Portfolio's, presentation, interview and gaining a place on a Uni course

Portfolio's, presentation, interviews and gaining a place on a Uni course

If you intend to work within the creative industries connected with photography or apply for Uni places progressing along a photographic/art pathway, you will normally need to present your portfolio in an interview scenario. The presentation of your work as a physical object says a lot about you – how organised you are and how much you care about the way the work looks. This offers an insight into you and how you’re going to conduct yourself on their course or within their company (Work scenario). Therefore your work should be neat, organised, good quality, well presented and uniform.
Another aspect you need to consider is the fact that you've been at college in FE education for the last two years learning about photography and photographers. Lots of people take pictures, but a great many of them have no idea why or what for, or what purpose they might serve or who their audience is. Neither do they know the history and context of what they are doing, they simply continue making snaps having no understanding of Visual Language and how photography communicates to its audience. Having studied photography at FE level, there will be an expectation that you would have engaged with these aspects of your education.
One of the ways this will be apparent, is the content of your folio. Your work should contain images that have referenced the work of contemporary and historical photographers. The visual language and conventions of such work should be apparent in your work. In your interview, this type of work will prompt questions, allowing you demonstrate that you have engaged actively at level 3 and learned some of the fundamentals of photography. Normally work set at college in your assignments will steer you towards working with photography and photographers that are rich in commentary enabling you to conduct research that gives you a deep understanding of what photography is. It's through learning about contemporary and historical approaches and using these as the basis and starting points of your own work that you'll be able to shine in your interview discussing serious photography in conjunction with your portfolio.

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