3. Visual work: four assigned subjects and optional images
Applicants must submit a minimum of four and a maximum of eight images. The images corresponding to the four assigned subjects in the numbered list below are mandatory. We encourage you to approach your Portfolio submission as a unified work. Thematic continuity between your short essay and your images is welcome.
Assigned subject images
- Image 1: “Where I belong.”
- Image 2: “Hesitant Landscape.”
- Image 3: “Urban Rhythms”
- Image 4: “Unfinished But Complete”
Intentionally open-ended, the four assigned images (1, 2, 3 and 4) invite creative reflection rather than literal responses. Drawings are to be executed by hand and are to be prepared specifically for this application. These may be pencil or ink drawings, paintings, etchings, and/or collages. You may work in a variety of media—i.e. a pencil drawing for Image 1, a watercolour for Image 2, and so on. Another approach is to work consistently in one medium, to produce images that function as a series. Please include the titles given above for each of these images. Images need not be the same size. Each topic is open to interpretation; if you are fascinated by and enjoy drawing a certain subject, you are welcome to use it for one of the images, making appropriate adjustments in response to the topic. Finally, because architecture is fundamentally concerned with spatial relationships and qualities, not isolated buildings as such, we encourage you to favour drawings endowed with spatial and light qualities, and with a sense of rhythm and of the relationship between things, over drawings of isolated “things.” (Assessors for the BAS find these more interesting!) Assessors also take note of how you have chosen to draw a particular subject: choices in technique, line work, media, materials, all are important.
Applicants are also invited to submit up to four more images of their choice.
Optional images (images 5, 6, 7 and 8) can show any other forms of visual work– for example, ceramics, photography, graphic, stage or fashion design, cartoons or comic strips, images produced through digital programs, which you produced on your own or within the context of a class. You are allowed to include more than one image of a given work (such as a sculpture) on the same JPG file but in this case, be sure not to crowd the final image. Instead, place a dominant image of the work in question in the centre of the page with smaller images (showing other views of the same work) along the right margin. Keep in mind that portfolio assessors will review your images on standard computer screens so please refrain from unnecessary graphics such as frames and borders so as not to waste visual space. In most cases, it is not necessary to include titles on the image itself. You are however invited to include a title and brief description of each image in designated boxes at the time of digital upload. The descriptive text may list factual information including date of completion, technique, media and materials, process, and size, and the work’s general subject of theme (please refrain from long explanations).
Your works and topic choices tell us about your interests, your critical and creative thinking, and your sensibilities. As such, please refrain from submitting drawn copies of famous artworks, internet images, or technical drafting exercises. Drawings of skulls, self-portraits or other body parts are also discouraged.
Please provide a title for each of these images. (For example: Image 6: “Wrought Iron Sculpture.”)