Portfolio applications

The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers several courses that require online portfolio submissions as part of their entry requirements.

This helps prove you'll be able to complete coursework to the required standard.


Please note: a portfolio submission in itself does not constitute an application for a Deakin University program. Applications for Deakin programs must be made via VTAC or Deakin's applicant portal depending on your circumstances. For international applicants, applications can be made through Deakin International.

All applicants must also meet the minimum entrance requirements for admission to Deakin University.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy please refer to The Guide.


Important dates

trimester and year of commencementapplicants last day to submit portfolio
Trimester 3, 2017 Direct or international Sunday 29 October
Trimester 1, 2018 VTAC applicants
(early round)

VTAC applicants (round 1)
with advisory letter*

VTAC applicants (round 1) without advisory letter* 

Direct or international
Friday 27 October, 5pm

Friday 17 November, 5pm

Wednesday 20 December, 5pm

TBA

*If you would like to receive an advisory letter, you must submit your portfolio by Friday 17 November. Submissions after Friday 17 November will still be considered for round 1 but no advisory letter will be issued.

What is an advisory letter?

An advisory letter indicates that you have met the portfolio requirements. This means that Deakin University is prepared to make you an offer for this course provided you also satisfy tertiary entrance requirements.

General submission instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully to help you complete the online portfolio submission process.

  • You are not able to submit the portfolio before it is complete. You cannot save or return to the online form at a later time after your submission.
  • You should prepare all items required (such as images/URL) before commencing the pre-selection kit.
  • Only one portfolio submission per person will be accepted. If you are applying for more than one course, you will need to submit a separate portfolio of work and submission statement for each course.
  • Please note: all digital copies of your submission are retained as official Deakin records.
  • Please retain your own copy of all work submitted. Do not sent original artworks.

2018 Courses

Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A

  • Please upload between six and eight examples of design work you have completed this year. Examples may include, but are not limited to, character generation, digital illustration, general drawing, motion design, 3D form.
  • Any moving imagery, including sound, can be included as a YouTube or Vimeo link.
  • If you wish to supply a link to your existing web-based portfolio, please ensure the assessor has sufficient permissions to view your materials.
  • The total size of your submission cannot exceed 25MB.

PART B 
In addition to your digital folio, please tell us about your work and how it demonstrates your understanding of design practice in the relevant areas of 3D animation. You may write about individual submissions or your work as a whole (maximum 250 words). These comments may include a personal statement detailing you, your influences, experience, motivation to study and an explanation of the themes or concepts behind your work, or what your work means to you.

NOTE: If you are also interested in applying for the Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies), and/or Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) a separate submission will be required. You can either submit the same content for each course or tailor each submission to align with the course focus.

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Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A

  • Please upload between six and eight examples of design work you have completed this year. Examples may include, but are not limited to, digital technology product design, application design, user interface design, user experience design, mobile app design, interactive experience design, VR/AR/game design, digital illustration, web design, motion design, 3D form.
  • Any moving imagery, including sound, can be included as a YouTube or Vimeo link.
  • If you wish to supply a link to your existing web-based portfolio, please ensure the assessor has sufficient permissions to view your materials.
  • The total size of your submission cannot exceed 25MB.

PART B 
In addition to your digital folio, please tell us about your work and how it demonstrates your understanding of design practice in the relevant areas of digital technologies. You may write about individual submissions or your work as a whole (maximum 250 words). These comments may include a personal statement detailing you, your influences, experience, motivation to study and an explanation of the themes or concepts behind your work, or what your work means to you.

NOTE: If you are also interested in applying for the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation), and/or Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) a separate submission will be required. You can either submit the same content for each course or tailor each submission to align with the course focus.

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Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A

  • Please upload between six and eight examples of design work you have completed this year. Examples may include, but are not limited to, logo design, text, layout, illustration, photography, 3D form.
  • If you wish to supply a link to your existing web-based portfolio, please ensure the assessor has sufficient permissions to view your materials.
  • The total size of your submission cannot exceed 25MB.

PART B 
In addition to your digital folio, please tell us about your work and how it demonstrates your understanding of design practice in the relevant areas of visual communication design. You may write about individual submissions or your work as a whole (maximum 250 words). These comments may include a personal statement detailing you, your influences, experience, motivation to study and an explanation of the themes or concepts behind your work, or what your work means to you.

NOTE: If you are also interested in applying for the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation), and/or Bachelor of Design (Digital Technologies) a separate submission will be required. You can either submit the same content for each course or tailor each submission to align with the course focus.

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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A – Images
Please select between six to eight images that best represent you as a creative image maker. They can be a series concentrating on a particular theme or concept, or individual images. These works can be in-progress as well, and should reveal a process that reflects imagination, curiosity and passion. URL submissions are optional.

PART B – Personal statement
Please provide a statement, in your own words, addressing these questions (maximum 250 words):

  • What is it about photography that most interests you?
  • Can you please tell us about your photographic work?

The total size of your submission must not exceed 25MB.

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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A – Images
Please provide a selection of six to eight images that best showcase you as a creative image maker. The images can be a series or separate works. They can be images of paintings, drawings, installations, video, 2D and/or 3D work. URL submissions are optional.

PART B – Personal Statement
Please provide a statement, in your own words, addressing these questions (maximum 250 words):

  • What do you understand about contemporary art?
  • What does your work mean to you?

The total size of your submission must not exceed 25MB.

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2017 Courses

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A – Digital Folio
Please provide a selection of four to eight images of drawings, paintings, computer-generated images or photos of objects you have created. You can also include a link to a short film you have made.

PART B – Personal statement
In addition to your images, please tell us about your work and how it relates to animation practice. For example, how did you construct your images (or animation)? What are your interests and influences? What does your work mean to you? Your applicant statement must not exceed 250 words.

Submit your application now

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A – Images
Please select between six to eight images that best represent you as a creative image maker. They can be a series concentrating on a particular theme or concept, or individual images. These works can be in-progress as well, and should reveal a process that reflects imagination, curiosity and passion. URL submissions are optional.

PART B – Personal statement
Your personal statement must not exceed 250 words and should address the following questions:

  • What do you understand about contemporary photography?
  • What does your work mean to you?

The total size of your submission must not exceed 25MB.

Submit your application now

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A – Images
Please provide a selection of six to eight images that best showcase you as a creative image maker. The images can be a series or separate works. They can be images of paintings, drawings, installations, video, 2D and/or 3D work. URL submissions are optional.

PART B – Personal Statement
Your personal statement must not exceed 250 words and should address the following questions:

  • What do you understand about contemporary art?
  • What does your work mean to you?

The total size of your submission must not exceed 25MB.

Submit your application now

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)

All applicants must submit both Part A and Part B of the submission.

PART A
Please upload between six and eight examples of design work you have completed this year. If you wish to supply a link to your existing web-based portfolio, please ensure the assessor has sufficient permissions to view your materials. The total size of your submission cannot exceed 25MB.

PART B 
In addition to your digital folio, please tell us about your work and how it demonstrates your understanding of design practice. You may write about individual submissions or your work as a whole (maximum 250 words). These comments may include your influences, an explanation of the themes or concepts behind your work, or what your work means to you.

Submit your application now

Once you’ve submitted your portfolio, please also apply for your chosen course through Deakin’s applicant portal.

Learn more about the correct application method for you