Film + Media

If you are applying to any of the courses in the Department of Film + Media, you must submit a portfolio and you may be required to attend an interview afterwards.

What should my portfolio contain?

  • A portfolio is a collection of your work – both finished and in progress – that showcases your interests and enthusiasms.
  • It should demonstrate curiosity, inventiveness and ideas through a wide range of media, as well as your ability to develop your projects around selected themes.
  • You can include course and schoolwork as well as any independent work. We like to see a portfolio that demonstrates a high level of visual skill, creativity, self-motivation, inventiveness, experimentation, flexibility and stylistic variation.

Your portfolio should:

IADT Be organised
Decide how best to arrange your portfolio. For example, it may be chronological or in thematic sections where initial work is placed next to final pieces.
IADT Be sure to include
Notebooks, sketchbooks, journals or visual diaries. We want to see how you document your working process.
IADT Be selective
Include and highlight your best work. We appreciate quality not quantity, so no more than 30 pieces, please. Show work relevant to the course for which you are applying.
IADT Be clear
If you are including team work, identify your role.
IADT Include a CV
One CV for each course for which you are applying. Note details of hobbies, technical skills and involvement in activities relevant to that course. Information on age or educational background is not used for assessment purposes, so there’s no need to include it.
IADT Do not copy from photographs
Do not include any artwork which is a copy of someone else’s work.
IADT Do not include 3D work
Only 2D documentation of 3D work.

Department of Film + Media portfolio checklists

DL832 – BA (Hons) in Animation

Have you included:

  • A variety of observational drawings, such as life drawing, drawings of friends, family, animals, landscapes, objects, etc.
  • A selection of your best original artworks, which shows your interests in art, animation, and the world around you.
  • A minimum of two storyboards setting out ideas for short animated films/adverts, etc. of any subject or style. (Storyboards are like comic strips without the speech bubbles. They outline key moments of the sequence; usually actions, events and emotions.)
  • Photographs or prints.
Animation Portfolio - What Do I Need?
Animation Portfolio - What Do I Need?

DL833 – BA (Hons) in Photography

Have you included:

  • 20–30 pieces of work.
  • The duration of your interest in photography.
  • Work that illustrates your level of experience and technical competence to-date.
  • Examples of any work published to-date.
  • Work which shows your level of understanding of composition, light, texture and form when creating photographic images.
  • Examples of both monochrome and colour photographs.

DL834 – BA (Hons) in Film + Television Production

The following is an indicative guide only of appropriate material for a portfolio - it is not necessary to include all of the following:


  • CV/Personal Statement: (this is the only required component) please include a CV listing relevant credits and work.
  • Film/Video: Please provide films and other video content, including a showreel if you wish, on a USB memory stick (.mp4 or .mov files only) plus a non-password protected link to Vimeo/YouTube; the panel will screen a minimum of four minutes. Please note clearly your role(s) on each production.
  • Critical Analysis: A short critical analysis of each film or piece of work.
  • Photography: Not a requirement but you can include a selection of your best work in black + white and/or colour and supply all images on print. If your work is digital, then high-quality .jpg. Note we look for photo essays or thematic work.
  • Written Work: Screenplays (correct format), short stories, plays and poetry are all acceptable. Synopsise the story on a cover sheet and indicate what section you would like us to read.
  • Audio Work: radio plays, music you have composed and interesting soundscapes are accepted. Indicate in your personal statement if you have a particular interest in sound design.
  • Drawing or Concept Work: Demonstrate you have a good eye and imagination. Also, storyboards, costume and production design sketches. However, we are not an art course so we do not require drawings or artwork. If submitting art work then limit it to a few relevant pieces.