Preparing your portfolio

At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we want your portfolio review to go as smoothly as possible, so we've put together these pages to help you prepare for it.

What do we look for in the portfolio?

BA (Hons) Computer Games Art
Generally a portfolio should include 15 pieces of work or projects that show your skill in the chosen subject. Choose the pieces that best represent your work and show passion and engagement, curiosity and an open mind.

More specifically, we are looking for:

  • any drawings from life
  • evidence of how you tackle a project
  • research and development of ideas and thought processes
  • examples of experimentation with new materials, media, processes or methods.

BA (Hons) Film and TV Production
For this course, we'd like to see a selection of your creative work.

If you do have film work, we would like to see your best 5-10 minutes of film. We are also happy to look at photography, design work or perhaps other media.

If you don’t as yet have a creative portfolio you can consider doing a story told in eight stills images.

Include a short statement, no more than 400 words, about the context the work was made in, for example was it made independently, as class project or part of a workshop, or perhaps a commission. In particular for film work, tell us what your role was on the film.

How does the undergraduate portfolio process work?

You will be asked to provide a digital portfolio for review. Please send all your work as a PDF or a website link to, or upload it to the applicant portal when requested by our Admissions Team – and no later than two weeks afterwards this request.

Please compress the PDF or use an email transfer service such as WeTransfer for larger files. Remember to include your name, the course you are applying for and your student ID number.

If you would like to discuss your work face-to-face...

...please email, who will send you a link to book a time slot. Remember to include your name, the course you are applying for and your student ID number. Please also send your digital portfolio as above.

If you choose to come in and show us your work please allow for up to 1.5 hrs on campus, as you will also have the opportunity to ask staff and current students questions, take a tour of our facilities and explore the campus. You can bring your hard-copy portfolio and sketchbooks, or we can just discuss your digital portfolio.

Visit our specific portfolio information pages if you’re applying for MA Computer Games Development (Art) or MA Film and TV Production.