Portfolio Guidelines

When you apply to any of our Visual Arts and Film + Media courses you must submit a portfolio and you may be required to attend an interview afterwards.

Here's how to apply to a course that requires a portfolio at IADT:

  • Apply through www.cao.ie before the 1st February 2019.
  • Include any courses that require a portfolio that you wish to apply for in your list of choices. Using the change of mind facility on the CAO you can remove restricted courses and change the order of preference of restricted courses.
  • You cannot add on new restricted courses after the 1st of February 2019. No late applications can be accepted - no exceptions!
  • We will contact you (via the email address that you supplied to the CAO) towards the end of February 2019 and inform you of your portfolio assessment date, which will be 11th - 15th March 2019.
  • We review portfolios in March. Points allocated for the portfolio are combined with the points from your Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).  
  • If you apply for more than one course, your portfolio will be separately assessed for each course. 
  • Please read the relevant guidelines below carefully, these are useful tips we have put together to help you create your portfolio. 
                            

Are there any alternatives to the Portfolio Assessment?

Yes, there is an alternative option for the courses listed below. In February you can attend a half day practical project workshop for these programmes.

  • DL827 BA (Hons) Art
  • DL828 BA (Hons) in 3D Design, Model Making, Design + Digital Art
  • DL829 BA (Hons) Design for Stage + Screen – Costume Design
  • DL830 BA (Hons) Design for Stage + Screen – Character MakeUp 
  • DL831 BA (Hons) Design for Stage + Screen – Production Design
  • DL839  BA (Hons) Interaction & User Experience Design

 

If you do not have a portfolio of work that you feel strongly about due to exam pressures or you have been out of education for a while, etc., you can be assessed on your performance on the Practical Project Day without the need to submit a portfolio for that course.

You can equally attend the Practical Project Day in February and submit a portfolio in March if you wish.

The grading system is of equal weight both for the Practical Project Day and the portfolio submission. If you decide to opt for the Practical Project day and not to submit a portfolio then the grade you receive for the Practical Project day will represent your final score for that course. If you decide to opt for both the Practical Project Day and portfolio submission then the highest grade achieved in either the Practical Project Day or the portfolio will be your final score for that course.

Once you have applied for one or more of the above courses via the CAO before 1st February, our Admissions team will contact you via email regarding the Practical Project Days. Please note this initiative only applies to the above courses. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Portfolios

Apply to www.cao.ie before the 1st February 2019.  Include any courses that require a portfolio that you wish to apply for in your list of choices.   

Using the change of mind facility on the CAO you can remove restricted courses and change the order of preference of restricted courses
You cannot add on new restricted courses after the 1st of February.
No late applications can be accepted - no exceptions!

1) We contact you (via the email address that you supplied to the CAO) towards the end of February 2019 and inform you of your portfolio assessment date, which will be between the 11th and 15th of March 2019.

2) You deliver your portfolio to us on the morning of the specified date, complete with labels etc that have been supplied to you in (1) above.  (note - there is no need for you to deliver the portfolio in person but it is your responsibility to ensure that it is delivered to us and collected from us.)

3) We assess your portfolio.

4) You collect your portfolio from us in the afternoon of the same day you dropped it into us.

5) We inform you (usually within 2 weeks) of your portfolio result.

Portfolios are scored out of 600 points; the pass mark is 240 points (40%).  If you get less than 240 points you are not considered eligible for the course and cannot be offered a place.

1) Take your portfolio score; eg - 360

2) Take your leaving cert points or mature student score or FETAC points; eg - 400

3) Add (1) to (2); eg 360 + 400 = 760. 

This is your total points score with which you compete for a place on the course. 

Please see our Undergraduate Prospectus for information on the minimum entry requirements for our courses. 

No, as part of the portfolio assessment you will be given some feedback on the portfolio and have a quick chat with the course staff regarding your work.  There will be no separate interview.

DL838 – Creative Music Production will have an interview in April.