MA Film and Television Production portfolios

What do we look for in your portfolio?

So that we can assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to send us an example of your creative work. This could be a film you've shot or directed, an animation, an article you've written, or any other creative project.

If you don't have any creative work that you want to submit, you can instead provide a clear narrative represented through ten photographic stills. Arrange the stills on a maximum of three sides of A4 and save the project as a PDF no larger than 2MB. Please also provide an explanation of your story, identifying the key moments that need to be presented visually.

For each shot you will need to consider:

  • What is the narrative function of the shot, eg introducing the setting? Introducing the characters? Showing a turning point in the story? Resolving the story?
  • What information should each shot provide and what framing will best serve this? Close-up? Wide-shot? High angle? Low angle?
  • What about the composition? For example, do you want the viewer to feel comfortable (a balanced composition) or unsettled (unbalanced composition)?
  • What about visual variety? Following wide shot with another wide shot might diminish the viewer's interest.

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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