BA (Hons) Computer Games Art portfolios

What do we look for in your portfolio?

Your portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of work that will demonstrate good drawing skills to your interviewer.

In Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we see drawing skills as particularly useful and want to see any drawings from life, even if you have not taken drawing classes. Drawing is the basis for the development of ideas so even if you mainly work in other media please include your original sketches to show us how your ideas evolve. We want you to show the progress from initial ideas to final pieces, how you engage with your subject matter and what inspired you to create your work.

Life drawing skills are particularly useful for this course and, even if you have not taken classes in it, we still want to see any figure drawings, from life, that you have made.

In Computer Games Art moving image is key, so we would also like to see any animations or films that you've produced. Your animations don’t need to be computer generated – stop motion can demonstrate many of the same principles of computer games. If you don’t have any examples of moving image, try to show us other ways of visually representing movement. For example, a good set of story boards that focus on movement.

Please also bring along any renders of models and environments producing 3D imagery etc that you have made. This is not essential, but your interviewer will want to see any work that creates effective atmosphere and mood through the lighting of the scene.

Include examples of work where you have experimented with new art materials and created works with a variety of methods. We want to see that you are inquisitive and have the ability to investigate.

Your concept drawings and personal sketchbooks will also be helpful, so please try to include these in your portfolio as well.

How should you present any digital work?

Standard applications

If your portfolio includes digital works, you should provide these as pdf or Powerpoint files, and any films as MP4s, saved on USB memory sticks or external hard drives. Your web and interactive work must run automatically in a browser or be available on a live domain/website. If your digital work does not open or run, then we cannot take it into account during the interview process. If it is an essential part of your portfolio you may be asked to provide alternative work through the post by a specified date.

E-portfolios/International applicants

You may deliver your portfolio digitally as a website portfolio or PDF document. We can’t accept USB or CDs in the post. All websites and file transfer services are acceptable but, in case you need suggestions, some of the more popular ones are listed below*. If your portfolio is a PDF please include your name and the course you want to study in the file name and on the PDF.

For any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the admissions process please contact your admissions officer. We look forward to receiving your portfolio.

Previously used websites for transferring online portfolios include; Behance, Flickr, Deviantart, Carbonmade, Indexedit, Wordpress, Blogger, Blogspot, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Crevado

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