Digital Design MA application portfolio advice

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should be on CD/DVD/USB, online submission or in the form of a website.

We are looking to see who or what inspires you in the field of multimedia design. You can tell us about your favourite apps, websites, computeranimations and computer games and about any other cultural interests you have, i.e. film, music, architecture, dance, travel, sports etc.

Most importantly we are looking at your potential to be a professional creative multimedia designer.

Once your application has been received, you will either be invited to an interview where you will present your portfolio of work (on campus for Home/EU applicants, via Skype for Overseas applicants), or alternatively you may be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Portfolio submission options for overseas applicants

What are we looking for?

We are looking for:

  • Some experience of creating multimedia applications e.g. websites, apps, computer animations, digital effects or video games
  • Multimedia Software skills e.g Adobe Creative Suite
  • Drawing skills
  • Idea generation
  • Development of ideas
  • An interest in media technology and research
  • Writing skills

What should a portfolio contain?

The portfolio should include evidence of your experience in multimedia software including using multimedia tools such as Adobe Photoshop,Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Premier, After Effects and possibly 3D software such as MAYA or 3D Max.Web sites and Flash applicationsScreen shots of your web site designs and URL links if they are online. Flash files (or equivalent) can also be included to show your interactiveapplications and games.

Digital animations, video and sound

Examples of any computer animation work, 2D or 3D, as well as traditional animations can be included. We are also keen to see examplesof your use of sound and edited video sequences.


Photography and digital images

We are interested to see examples of your photography work and your ability to create and manipulate both bit mapped and vector digital images.


We like to see drawing, in the broadest sense, from life drawing and storyboards to experimental design sketches. Try to include some colour work too.


Project work

We are looking to see how you develop an idea and how you research and respond to a given brief. Make sure you have a project in yourportfolio that demonstrates creativity, a deep involvement in your work and your conclusion or final idea.


Written work and research

Please send an essay or a recent example of writing particularly research related . We like to see how well you write and how you think.Even though this is a practice-based course, you will have written tasks to complete over the duration of the course. 

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