What is a design portfolio?

They say to not judge a book by its cover - but does that ring true for artists too?

A portfolio is a way for you to ‘show, not tell’ what you’re capable of. Use it as your evidence of your passion, creativity and dedication to the craft. We recommend creating a digital portfolio to ensure that your original pieces do not risk being lost or damaged during your application. To give us the best idea of what you can do, you should include at least 12 pieces of work, with varying techniques, styles and formats. 

But don’t let the pressure get to you! It’s not an art competition, we just want to see how passionate you are, because we’ll teach you the rest once you’re here.


Our pro tips

Our programme leaders have hundreds of years of experience between them, so keep these tips in mind when making your portfolio.

1. Determine your audience and purpose

Before getting started, decide who your portfolio is for and what you want it to say. This will help you choose what art to include and how to arrange it.

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2. Show variety

Make sure that you have different kinds of artwork. You need to show that you’re not a one-trick-pony, or that at least you’re curious to explore. If your portfolio is full of just one medium or style , it might end up being too boring!

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3. Highlight your strengths

Focus on what you feel most comfortable with. Choose pieces that demonstrate your best work and highlight your best abilities, but avoid showing techniques that you find difficult, if you can.

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4. Keep it concise

Your portfolio should be simple and easy to navigate. Avoid clutter and excessive text, and choose only your best work to include.

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Course Specific Portfolio Requirements

Below are details for specific courses, like what work they expect to see or what format you should present your portfolio in.

Not all courses at Media Design School require a portfolio with your application. For applications to the Digital Creativity Foundation, Game Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Creative Advertising and Digital Transformation courses, click the links below to find out more on the course page.

Digital Creativity Foundation

Game Programming - Bachelor of Software Engineering

Artificial Intelligence - Bachelor of Software Engineering

Graduate Diploma of Creative Advertising

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation