Diploma Application Portfolio

Portfolio brief

You are required to undertake and complete a brief for your application. It will involve making/completing:

  • 1 mind map = 1 worksheet
  • 1 observational study = 1 worksheet
  • 1 invention and problem-solving task = 1 worksheet

Exercise One – Mind Map

Take one of the following themes as a starting point for your work:
/ Gadget / Struggle/ Home / Skin
Make a visual list of as many different examples as possible for each of the themes (Brainstorming).
Choose one theme and present your ideas in the form of a mind-map. A mind-map is a way to show in visual form, the relationships between different ideas. Produce one mind-map based on workings
around the theme. Identify as many unusual and interesting examples as possible (e.g. Could your eyelid be a gadget? Is your bag a home? Are bedclothes like a skin?) Your mind map should be thorough and comprehensive, as other parts of the brief are based on their contents. Things identified in your mind-maps are called items in the rest of this brief.

Exercise Two – Observational Drawing

Return to the mind map in exercise one. Select an item/object from your mind map that exists in the real world and get an example of it - Binoculars. Take apart or carefully dismantle your selected item. First carefully record through observational drawing this dismantling process. Then visually record (through any medium of your choice) all of the pieces arranged in a new way such as stacked, pushed in a corner, hung, floating - or according to a criteria such as material, colour, size or weight.

Exercise Three – Invention and Problem Solving

This task presents you with problem solving challenges. Your work can be carried out in two or three dimensions, or it can be a combination of 2D and 3D processes and / or moving images.
Choose one task from the following list of tasks
Invent / demonstrate or illustrate one of the following:
● Record two different overlaps
Draw up or make four new letters for the alphabet
● Show two different ways to keep flees off a dog
● Invent a new way of recording time
● Record four situations where you see things leaning at odd angles
● Invent your own problems, describe it and solve it
● Show three ways to bridge a gap
● Make a bundle and record it through colour
● Visually document your favourite sound or smell
● Invent a way to re-direct water
Work can be done in any form or combination of drawing, collage, models and or various media