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Creative Arts Portfolio Entry

Our Creative Arts Portfolio Entry is a pathway into university for students who are passionate about art and design but don’t have an ATAR.

If you can meet the entry requirements below, the following courses/majors may be available to you:

  • Bachelor of Design, majoring in any of Fashion, Visual and Spatial Design, or Games and Interactive Design
  • Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Media & Communication, majoring in Photomedia or Screen Production

Special entry requirements

To be considered for any of these courses through this pathway, you’ll need to satisfy the following:

  • Year 12 English General minimum grade of A
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 1 ATAR course
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 3 General courses with at least one course in an area related to the course/major you’ve selected.
  • Provide a discipline specific portfolio and attend an interview to assess your potential to succeed in your selected course/major.

Note: WACE is a minimum requirement for all Year 12 School Leavers.

Your application

Please include the following:

  • Introductory letter – explaining your future career goals and why you want to attend university and why you've chosen a specific course. It should communicate your commitment, preparation to study and motivation to be successful.
  • Resume – outlining your work experience to date, including details of paid work and any voluntary positions you’ve filled.
  • Academic records – outlining your education to date, including secondary schooling and things like leadership programs, sports coaching, umpiring accreditation, TAFE or Registered Training Organisation qualifications, industry training/accreditation, or workplace training.
  • Referees – include a minimum of two written references, with at least one being a professional/work/school reference.
  • Digital Creative Portfolio – provide evidence of your creative work in an accessible digital format, e.g. PowerPoint or PDF, that demonstrates your ability to succeed in your chosen course. Include photographs of any physical art or design work.

Your portfolio

This should highlight your best work and showcase the qualities that will make you a good graduate in the discipline you’re interested in.

  • You can also include preliminary work that shows your ideas and the process that led to final pieces.
  • Make sure that any design or material elements that you didn’t create yourself are correctly attributed to their source.
  • Include examples that show the breadth of your skills across a range of media, but also ensure that the portfolio reflects your personal style.

Your interview

As mentioned above, you’ll be required to attend an interview with ECU staff from your chosen discipline as part of the application process.

To prepare for your interview, please visit our interviews, folios and auditions page where you’ll find information in a downloadable PDF.

Expect questions like:

  • Why did you choose this course and what are your professional aspirations?
  • What personal and discipline-based skills do you have that will enable you to succeed?
  • What thought processes underpinned specific examples in your portfolio?