Digital Portfolio Submission 2020

Given the current restrictions it is unlikely that we will be able assess a physical portfolio submission before May. As a result, we have prepared an alternative submission platform for our applicants.

Our Digital Portfolio Submission platform is now live and we have extended the submission period to 24th April.

Before you start your Digital Portfolio submission:

  • You will need your CAO number to begin your submission. 
  • Your digital portfolio should have a minimum of 10 pieces and a maximum of 25 pieces uploaded to your submission.
  • We have prepared some helpful tips for photographing your work. 
  • Film + video files must be under 5MB for upload, larger files must be submitted via a url: YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Please make sure that any online videos are public and password free for assessing.
  • If you have attended a Project Day at IADT you do not need to submit a portfolio unless you choose to. If you scored 600 points during your Project Day you do not need to submit a portfolio as this score cannot be improved upon.

Click on the link below to start your submission

See below advice + FAQs

How do I submit my digital portfolio to more than one course?

Once you have completed your first submission the system will allow you to duplicate your portfolio and assign it to another Course. (select option in My Submissions > copy).

I am unable to submit my portfolio digitally, what are my alternative options for portfolio submission?

We are currently not able to accept physical portfolios at IADT, in time this may change but we are currently bound by HSE restriction.

If you cannot access the Digital Portfolio submission platform you may submit your portfolio on a USB stick via post to:

Portfolio Submission
Admissions Office
Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin, Ireland, A96 KH79

If you are submitting via USB please email us to confirm this along with proof of postage. 

When will I receive my results?

We expect to publish results within 21 days of the final submission deadline. 

Do I need to document and submit every piece from my physical portfolio or an overview?

We allow up to 25 pieces (pages) to be uploaded with your submission. If you have a greater quantity of work you should make a final selection that showcases the very best of your work and suitability for your Course of choice. See our Portfolio Guidelines.

Do I need to photograph and submit pages from my notebooks?

Yes – we are always interested in seeing your process work and development studies. You may consider creating a collage of pages to show the range of investigations. Or consider a short movie see Photo Tips and Guidelines here.

Should I receive a confirmation email to acknowledge that IADT have received my portfolio submission?

Yes – you will receive a email confirming receipt of your submission . 

If I have any queries about the submission process, who do I contact?

Please contact IADT Admissions Office: E: or T: +353 1 239 4621. 

What will happen to my digital submission after assessment? Do you delete files?

We will retain all Applicant files until the end of the recruitment period – date of final CAO offered being made in 2020. Once all offers have been made all data will be securely deleted according to GDPR guidelines.

Will there be an opportunity to receive feedback on my digital submission?

In normal circumstances IADT provides all applicants with feedback following their portfolio submission on campus. Given the dramatic change in circumstances we are unsure if it is possible to provide feedback this year. We are exploring alternatives and will advise if this is possible soon.

How are Portfolios scored?

Portfolios + Project Days are scored out of 600 points; the pass mark is 240 points (40%). If you score less than 240 points you will not be eligible this year and we can not offer you a place but we would encourage you to re-apply next year.

If you opted to take part in Project Days and you also submit a portfolio you will be scored separately for each, we will record your highest score achieved and add this to your Leaving Certificate [or equivalent] to give your final score.


  • Take your best score from either Portfolio submission or Project Days; eg 400.
  • Take your Leaving Certificate points, mature student score or FETAC points; eg – 360.
  • Add [1] + [2]; eg 400 + 360 = 760.

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

For further details or queries please contact IADT Admissions Office: E: or T: +353 1 239 4621.