Arts and media portfolios

Arts and media portfolio

Thank you for applying to study within the School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford. 

In order to assess your suitability for the course you have applied for we would like you to submit an online portfolio. A portfolio is a selection of your work that reflects your ability, creative process and your interest in the course for which you've applied. 

Please use the below menu to select the course for which you've applied, and see what the team are looking for in your online portfolio. You'll also find more information on the portfolio process and some FAQs. If you need any help or advice, please contact the Course Enquiries Team on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk 

Course specific portfolio guidelines

BA (Hons) Animation

What are you looking for in a portfolio? 

A well-considered portfolio says a lot about an applicant and their work. Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement but to allow you to demonstrate your creative potential. In general terms however we would expect to see an assortment of the following examples:

  • Sketchbooks, notebooks and development sheets demonstrating the visual development of ideas and concepts (scanned);
  • Examples of design/idea development/storyboards/comics which may include animatics, character development, sequential drawing;
  • Examples of experience with animation software;
  • Character, environment, props and puppets traditional and digital;
  • A range of approaches to observational and life drawing both digital and traditional;
  • Essays, written reports or blogs etc. demonstrating an interest in narrative, drawing, image making and contemporary animation.

We are not only interested in college work but personal work completed outside of your college course. You may have other work that you wish to include that is not listed above so please do send it if you feel it is relevant. 

We are looking for applicants that are enthusiastic about the subject. At this stage in your education we are much more interested in ideas development, work in progress and drawing skills rather than completed polished projects. 

How long/many pieces need to be included?

As a rough guide we would expect to see an online portfolio of around a dozen pages of work featuring any or a mixture of the above mentioned themes and media.

What format can this be on?    

Please prepare images of your work as an optimised PDF or a folder of high quality Jpegs.

You may also include hyperlinks to your online platforms such as: Instagram, ArtStation, DeviantArt, WordPress, Blogger and for moving image YouTube or Vimeo link. 

What will I be assessed on?     

You will be assessed on your creative potential and ability to contribute towards the animation production cycle.

Any other relevant information.

If you have any questions about the digital portfolio or the application process please contact Johny Byrne animation lecturer and admissions tutor on j.g.byrne@salford.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Digital Media

What are you looking for in a portfolio? 

The purpose of a portfolio is to let us know more about the experience, skills, and interest of applicants to the programme, allowing us to determine whether this is your best choice. In general, we are looking for a creative person with a strong interest and passion for engaging with existing and emergent digital technologies, shaping the ways in which they are used in multiple design contexts. Consequently, we would like to see examples of work of any of the following:

  • Sketchbooks, notebooks and other material demonstrating visual development of ideas and concepts;
  • Examples of design work such as illustrations, logos and graphic design pieces, produced digitally or non-digitally;
  • Examples of web development, including design and/or programming (HTML, CSS, Javascript);
  • Edited videos, motion graphics or animations;
  • Games concepts or prototypes produced with any game engine or framework;
  • Essays, written reports or blogs evidencing an interest in digital media design.

We are not only interested in college work but personal work completed outside of your college course. You may have other work that you wish to include that is not listed above so please do send it if you feel it is relevant. 

We are looking for applicants that are enthusiastic about the subject. At this stage in your education we are much more interested in your creative potential and passion rather than the skills you already have. For this reason, do not hesitate in presenting any unfinished work, or ideas still in progress. 

How long/many pieces need to be included?

As a rough guide we would expect to see an online portfolio of around a dozen pages of work featuring any or a mixture of the above mentioned themes and media.

What format can this be on?    

Please prepare images of your work as an optimised PDF or a folder of high quality Jpegs.

You may also include hyperlinks to your online platforms such as: Instagram, ArtStation, DeviantArt, WordPress, Blogger and for moving image YouTube or Vimeo link. 

What will I be assessed on?    

You will be assessed on your creative potential, experience and interest towards digital media design and production.

Any other relevant information.

If you have any questions about the digital portfolio or the application process please contact Juan Hiriart, Programme Leader for Digital Media at j.f.v.hiriart@salford.ac.uk.

 

BA (Hons) Film Production

What are you looking for in a portfolio? 

A well-considered portfolio says a lot about an applicant and their work. Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement but to allow you to demonstrate your creative potential. In general terms however we would expect to an assortment of the following examples;

  • Films;
  • Scripts;
  • Fabricated props;
  • Research documents;
  • Essays;
  • Podcasts and/or audio work;
  • Design portfolios.

We are not only interested in college work but personal work completed outside of your college course. You may have other work that you wish to include that is not listed above so please do send it if you feel it is relevant. We advise though that you go for quality over quantity. Make sure what you are sending us represents the best of your work. 

We are looking for applicants that are enthusiastic about the subject. At this stage in your education we are much more interested in ideas development, work in progress and drawing skills rather than completed polished projects. 

How long/many pieces need to be included?

Ideally you will have 2 or 3 pieces of work to submit, showing your skills as a film maker and a diversity in genres, however, if you have one piece of work that shows this then this will be acceptable. As stated above go for quality, show us your best work and this can be work that you have completed outside of college.

What format can this be on?    

Ideally your content will be web-based and we recommend sending a link of your work rather than trying to transfer files. We're happy to review work on online platforms such as: Instagram, ArtStation, DeviantArt, WordPress, Blogger and for moving image YouTube or Vimeo link. 

What will I be assessed on?     

We are looking at if the content of your portfolio is relevant to Film Production. We will also be looking at the level of skill involved in one area of Film Production, this could be in writing, cinematography, editing, sound, directing, producing, production design and VFX..

Any other relevant information. 

If you have any questions about the digital portfolio or the application process please contact Alex Lichtenfels Film Production Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor on A.P.R.Lichtenfels@salford.ac.uk.

Portfolio FAQs

What if I don’t have a lot of work to include within my arts and media portfolio ?

We don’t expect you to have a lot of finished work. We are usually more interested in your ideas and development work. Similarly, don’t worry about having to show high levels of technical skill.

Above all, the portfolio should show a good level of commitment to your studies, your personality, evidence of basic art and design skills and enthusiasm for your chosen degree path.

I’ve received an email asking to send in my portfolio, what do I do now?

Please use the guidance for your course above to put together your portfolio. Once you have your portfolio ready please send the link to your portfolio along with the following information in an email to artdes-onlineportfolios@salford.ac.uk:

  • Full Name;
  • UCAS Number (if applicable);
  • Application ID (as above);
  • URL for your portfolio;
  • In submitting this portfolio, I (the applicant), confirm that all images are my own work.

When should I submit my Online Portfolio?

We ask that you submit your online within two weeks of it being requested.

What is an online portfolio?

A portfolio is a selection of your art work, drawings, sketchbook pages, photographs, films or other design work which reflects the range or your abilities. It shows your creative process along with your interest in the course for which you have applied.

Your portfolio can contain written work, such as essays and we advise that where possible you include a short description for each piece explaining the work or project. When submitting an online portfolio, we ask that you photograph or scan your work, so we can review it electronically. 

What happens once I submit my portfolio?

Once you submit your portfolio a member of our Admissions Team will send it to the Admissions Tutor for the course. The Admissions Tutor will review your work and then send a decision to the Admissions Team, who will put this decision on to UCAS. This process could take up to two weeks to complete.

Who should I contact with questions about my portfolio?

If you have any questions regarding the submission or content of your portfolio you should contact our School of Arts and Media Admissions Team by emailing artdes-onlineportfolios@salford.ac.uk or by calling 0161 295 4545.

I've applied for a course which isn't listed?

Not every course requires an Online Portfolio so if you have applied for multiple courses they may have different ways of assessing your suitability for the course. This may mean that you have been invited in for an interview or a decision has been made based upon your grades, personal statement and previous experience. If you are unsure about anything please contact us on 0161 295 4545 or by emailing enquiries@salford.ac.uk

What do you mean by choosing relevant work for your chosen subject area?

We would recommend you showcase all the skills you’ve learnt at college if that’s photography or drawing, however, we understand that an art portfolio will be different to a games design portfolio.

We would recommend you research the course you apply for and include subject specific content. If you haven’t got any examples, then show a desire to learn subject specific skills.

What do I do if I've been invited for an interview?

At the School of Arts and Media we hold interviews with applicants to find out more about you and what you’re passionate about. We want to know why you’ve chosen the course and why you’ve chosen to study with us. Find out more by visiting the School of Arts and Media interview webpage.

Do you have more questions?

If you need any help or advice, please contact the Course Enquiries Team on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk