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 / BA (Hons) Computer Games Design

We want to see 15 pieces that best represent your work, and show your passion, engagement, and curiosity, as well as 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 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 still images.

BA (Hons) Visual Effects Technical Art

For our Visual Effects Technical Art course, we'd like to see a selection of your creative ideas and projects.

It could be a digital portfolio that showcases your interests and skills in the areas of either art, creative media, creative coding/scripting, film, animation, gaming, or design. You'll be given the option to book a meeting to discuss this with us.

How does the undergraduate portfolio process work?

You will be asked to provide a digital portfolio for review. Please email admissions-ahss@aru.ac.uk (home applications) or internationaladmissions@aru.ac.uk (international applications) with a link to your video or recording, or a compressed PDF of your image work. Include your name, the course you're applying for and student ID number.

Please host any videos on a video sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo - you can make the listing private and send us just the link. If you are unable to share your videos via a video sharing site please use a file sharing service such as Google Drive or Drop Box. If you do, you need to ensure your file is less than 1GB.

Postgraduate portfolios

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