Portfolios begin to come in for Architecture and Design Computing

26 November 2010

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has started receiving portfolios from students seeking entry into the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Bachelor of Design Computing.

As ATAR cut-offs into the competitive programs creep higher, with 2010 cut-offs of 96.25 for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and 90.10 for the Bachelor of Design Computing, the flexible entry and additional submission portfolio are an increasingly important way for students who are close to the required ATAR (or equivalent) the opportunity to gain entry into the course.

In conjunction with the HSC and other formal assessment systems, portfolios assist the University of Sydney in identifying those students with the potential to excel in higher education in the fields of architecture and design.

Associate Professor Chris L Smith, Associate Dean (Undergraduate) for the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, adds that the "system is very important to us as it gives us a chance to assess students on more than just a single number and allow excellent students into the program who are just short of the entry score.

"Portfolios include artwork, music, architectural work, web sites and 2D or 3D modelling, written work, any work showing skills in design and creativity.

"The range and the type of work offered is up to the students, who should use the portfolio to let us see what skills and design flair they have by presenting a broad mixture of creative work. We are looking for creative work that students have worked hard on and that they can feel proud of, and the quality of some of the portfolios is outstanding."

For entry into 2010 courses the Faculty received close to 200 portfolios, a significant increase on 2009. Unfortunately, with only limited places available for flexible entry, not every submission could be successful but there is a strong correlation between successful entry via portfolio submissions and achievement throughout the degree.

Students considering submitting a portfolio can view a short video about the process on the Faculty's website. They are also invited to attend one of two short briefing sessions, held from 10.30 to 11.00am on Tuesday 30 November and Thursday 2 December, within the Wilkinson Building. The 2010 Graduate Exhibition will be on at that time, also within the Wilkinson Building, which may provide some inspiration for portfolios.

The deadline for submitting portfolios for 2011 is Friday 7 January. More information and the portfolio cover sheet can be found on thie site.Further information about portfolios can be obtained by contacting Jonathan Hulme, Communication and Engagement Officer, on 9351 2686. Cover sheets and submission details are available on our website.

Contact: Jonathan Hulme

Phone: 02 9351 2686

Email: 09255a0e371d303c762304473b34291a1155231f0f673f5d426d3343