Typically, a portfolio is submitted under an applicant’s intended field of study, but applicants should submit their portfolio to whichever field is relative to their current body of work. For example, a student applying to Communication Studies who has a strong photography portfolio would submit the portfolio to Art + Design.
Students applying to Studio Art and Music Composition and Technology are required to submit a portfolio. Students applying to any other CAMD major are welcome to submit an optional portfolio. Please find portfolio recommendations and requirements for all majors below.
Portfolios should be submitted using Slideroom, and applicants are limited to one portfolio submission; additional submissions will not be reviewed.
Please note: Portfolios to majors outside of the College of Arts, Media and Design will not be reviewed in the admission process.
- Art / Media Arts / Design
- Communication Studies
- Game Design
- Media and Screen Studies
- Studio Art
Portfolios should demonstrate talent in visual, spatial, or organizational representation, craft and conceptual thinking through drawing, photography, digital graphics, drafting, modeling, or artwork of all types.
Provide up to 5 items: Images (up to 5 MB each), video (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
Art / Media Arts / Design
Your portfolio should include your best original work in a variety of media that reveal your ability to choose fascinating subjects, master technical skills, and explore interesting ideas. No particular subject matter or style is required or expected. Portfolios are evaluated for evidence of a curious mind at work and your creative investigation of mediums, experimental manipulation of form and diligent development of technique.
Additionally, transfer applicants are encouraged to submit work that reflects studio coursework taken since high school.
Provide an Artist Statement and 10-15 items: Images (up to 10 MB each), video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
A portfolio for Communication Studies could include evidence of excellence in debate, participation in political or organizational campaigns, or experience in audio or visual production. All students are encouraged to submit a resume as well.
- Debate/Forensics: Provide a list of achievements and awards
- Political or organizational campaigns: Provide a narrative of your participation or letters of recommendation from members of the campaign
- Production: Submit creative work that demonstrates experience with and excellence in radio or television production
Provide up to 5 items: video (up to 60 MB each), audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud
A submission for Game Design should include 1-5 portfolio pieces, which may include any number of the following. Please specify your role in each sample:
- Demo, video game trailer, or screenshots of a game you have created or worked on
- Game concept, in the form of a written game design document or storyboard
- Drawings or illustrations of game ideas or characters
- Screenshots of 3D models or other assets you have created
- If applicable, audio recordings of sounds or music created for a game
- List of Activities/Accomplishments (optional) including game jams, camps, workshops, or pre-college programs you have attended, as well as any festivals or exhibitions where games you have worked on have shown
A Journalism portfolio could include prior experience and expertise with editing and writing for traditional or online newspapers and publications, or experience with broadcast or multimedia journalism. Depending on your area of interest, please submit the requested number of samples from one of the categories below.
- Print: 3-5 print articles (reviews, reportage, or opinion pieces)
- Video: 2-3 stories shot and/or reported by the candidate
- Photos: 5-6 photos and/or a published photo essay
- Layout/design: 2-3 pages
- Personal Statement: In 500-700, words please discuss your interest in journalism
Provide 2-5 items: Images (up to 5 MB each), video (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
Media and Screen Studies
A Media and Screen Studies portfolio should include one to three of the following depending on your area of interest:
- A narrative, non-fiction, or interactive work of video and .or audio between 5 to 10 minutes in length which demonstrates experience with an excellence in media production. If the original work is longer than 10 minutes, provide a segment or re-edited version.
- A completed screenplay at least 30 pages in length
- A documentary film between 5 to 15 minutes in length, which demonstrates experience with producing and directing documentaries. If the original work is longer than 15 minutes, provide a segment or re-edited version.
Provide up to 3 items: video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
Music Composition and Technology
Portfolio required for admission to Northeastern
Students applying for this program must submit a portfolio that includes the following:
- 3-5 representative examples of your creative work in a form that best represents the project, including lead sheets of original songs or printed scores of original compositions or arrangements. Digital formats may include MIDI or digital audio files of URLs for websites that include original music or sounds. Audio recordings of compositions are highly recommended. Video recordings of live performances of your music are also acceptable.
- A short statement explaining your involvement in the creation of the work. The statement should note whether you are the sole creator or a collaborator; the composer, arranger, or remixer; and whether you are performing the work on the recording(s).
- A separate one-page statement describing your musical background, influences, and goals as well as why you think the music composition and technology program is right for you.
Visit the Music Composition and Technology website for additional information.
Provide 3 items: video (up to 120 MB each), audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also links to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.
An applicant may submit a portfolio that includes:
- original compositions, arrangements, charts or songs, documented with audio files and/or scores, lead sheets, etc
- video or audio documentation of performance (vocal or instrumental) or studio work
- evidence of potential in the business of music including materials related to organizing and promoting concerts or other performances
- documentation of experience in touring or tour management
- documentation of experience in artist management
- documentation of creative and successful entrepreneurship
- work samples in music journalism
- evidence of online acumen, including Web site design, Web promotion, etc.
Provide 3-5 items: images (up to 10 MB each), video (up to 120 MB each), audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.
Portfolio required for admission to Northeastern
The BFA in Studio Art is offered in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). In this major, studio art classes are taken at the SMFA, which permits you to explore a wide range of artistic media, including ceramics, drawing, film, glasswork, metal smithing, painting, performance, print and paper, sculpture, and sound. Electives and Art + Design history courses are taken at Northeastern.
Students who apply to Studio Art are required to submit a portfolio of 15-20 images of original work created by you. Your portfolio may include work in a variety of media; no particular subject matter or style is required. Portfolios are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style, skills, creativity, and conceptual development.
Provide 15-20 items and Artist Statement images (up to 10 MB each), video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.
Portfolios should demonstrate talent and experience with performance in professional or school theatre, technical production, or playwriting.
- Performance: In your audition video, remember to mention the play, its author and the character(s) you are playing.
- Two contrasting scenes or monologues and, if you wish, 16 bars of a song.
- Your selections should be no longer than a total of 3 minutes in length combined.
- Production (Design/Technology/Stage Management):
- Accompany your submitted video with your name and the name and author of the plays that represent your work.
- Designers/technicians should provide a broad range of examples of their creative and artistic work. These might include actual theatre designs and renderings, working drawings, props, puppets and costumes. Additional submissions might include other artistic work such as photography, graphic design, video and audio design, sketches and fashion design or construction.
- Stage Managers should include a few samples pages from a prompt script.
- Playwriting: Please submit a writing sample.
- Accompany your submitted material with your name and the titles of your submissions.
- Please submit a short, one-act play and/or a character monologue.
Provide resume and 1-5 items. Images (up to 10 MB each), video (up to 120 MB each), audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.