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What to Include in a Creative Portfolio?

Emma Devlin

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A Creative Portfolio is a requirement as part of your application onto all Escape Studios undergraduate courses. Whether you’re looking to study VFX, Games or Animation, we’ll want you to present your portfolio to us.

The facts:

  • You can make a UCAS application without having your portfolio ready - we only ask to see it at the Creative Workshop (which comes after you’ve applied)
  • You will have 10 minutes to talk about your work
  • There is no set amount of examples to include (but bear in mind the time)
  • You don’t need to include every single type of work (e.g. digital or sketches - but show your best work)
  • It is a compulsory requirement to enter onto the course (they’re creative courses so we want to see your creativity - if you’re unsure where to start, come to a Taster Day)
  • You can include group projects (if you’ve worked on something in school), but make it clear what your contribution was

What we want to see:

  • We want to see your best work first (WOW us)
  • A combination of creativity and technical skill
  • Your journey throughout creating your portfolio (all the decisions you made - did you remove anything or change anything and why?)
  • Quality - as it’s more important than quantity (we’d rather see a handful of work you’re really proud of, rather than everything you’ve ever created that doesn’t necessarily show your talent)

What types of work can you include?

  • Photography
  • Drawings
  • Sketches
  • Sculptures - if it’s too big to bring, you can take photographs of it
  • Storyboards
  • Models
  • 3D work
  • Videos - they don’t need to be more than a couple of minutes long
  • Paintings
  • Blogs
  • Showreels - you can bring it on your own device, upload it to a website or bring it on a USB (let admissions know in advance so we have equipment for you)

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Explaining your Creative Portfolio:

We want to see a journey throughout your portfolio, don’t be afraid to show us how you’ve developed different ideas. Here’s a few questions you may want to explain during your presentation (but don’t forget, you only have 10 minutes to tell us about your best work!):

  • What creative influences have you followed and why?
  • What skills does that particular piece of work demonstrate and what techniques did you follow?
  • How and why did you create this piece of work?

"The perfect portfolio shows a blend of creativity and technical skill. It’s nice to see a mixture of traditional media such as drawing and 3D artwork. It also helps if you are comfortable with computers and computer software, and be curious enough to want to know more"
Alex Williams (Head of Animation)

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Take a look at our Creative Portfolio Guide for more information, including suggestions based upon your course, or find out more about how to make your portfolio stand out.

What to Include in a Creative Portfolio?
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