Portfolios

Portfolios

While not required as part of your CAMD application, all students applying for freshman admission are welcome and encouraged to submit a portfolio or art supplement. (Studio Art is the only program that requires a portfolio.)

A portfolio is typically submitted under an applicant’s intended field of study, but you should submit your portfolio to the field most relevant to your current body of work. For example, if you are applying to Communication Studies but have a strong photography portfolio, you should submit your portfolio to Art + Design.

The portfolio review process is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to faculty and staff evaluators. We’re looking for students with artistic and creative talent, as well as those seeking the academic and professional opportunities at CAMD and Northeastern.

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios must be submitted via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. Applicants are encouraged to complete all forms, including Academic Profile, Media Uploads, and Personal Statement (500-word limit). Please only submit one portfolio. Additional submissions will not be reviewed.

Spring Transfer: October 9th
Early Action/Early Decision: November 5
Regular Decision/Early Decision II: January 5
Transfer: April 5

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The School of Architecture is looking for students who are excited to participate in the interdisciplinary, global, and practice-engaged studies offered in our School. This creative statement is an opportunity for you to tell us about your creative interests and experiences and what you’re aiming to advance through further studies. This is also your chance to tell us about the types of environments that you find inspiring and that you’re interested in studying and shaping through architecture.

Your portfolio 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.

Submit 5-10 items that may include separate images (up to 5 MB each), video (up to 60 MB each), and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Art/Design/Media Arts

The Department of Art + Design is looking for the next generation of innovative visual problem solvers and creative makers who expressively engage with the broader world and exercise personal agency and vision through their chosen medium.  In your portfolio personal statement, please describe what qualities you feel you will bring to the department and your college-level educational experience and why.

Your portfolio should showcase 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.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit work that reflects studio coursework taken since high school.

 

Submit an Artist Statement and 10-15 items that may include 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.

 

 

Game Design

Your portfolio should include 1-5 pieces, which may consist of any number of the following:

  • Demo, video game trailer, or screenshots of a game you 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’ve created
  • Audio recordings of sounds or music created for a game, if applicable
  • List of activities/accomplishments, including game jams, camps, workshops, or pre-college programs you’ve attended, as well as any festivals or exhibitions where games you worked on were shown (optional)

Please specify your role in each sample.

 

 

Studio Art

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).

Your portfolio should include original work created by you 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.

Submit Artist Statement and 15-20 items that may include 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.

Communication Studies

A portfolio for Communication Studies should include evidence of excellence in debate or forensics, participation in a political or organizational campaign, or creative work (such as a screenplay, an audio or video project, or a documentary), while a portfolio for Media Studies should include evidence of excellence in creative work (such as a screenplay, an audio or video project, or a documentary).

  • Debate/Forensics: Provide a list of achievements and awards.
  • Political or organizational campaign: Provide a narrative of your participation or letters of recommendation from members of the campaign.
  • Creative work: Submit a narrative, non-fiction, or interactive work (audio or video) that is 5-10 minutes in length; a completed screenplay not more than 30 pages in length; or a documentary film that is 5-15 minutes in length.

Submit up to five items that may include video (up to 120 MB each), audio (up to 30 MB each), and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud.

 

 

Media and Screen Studies

Your portfolio should demonstrate evidence of excellence in creative work (such as a screenplay, an audio or video project, or a documentary). To add context to achievements, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume.

  • A narrative, non-fiction, or interactive work (audio or video) that demonstrates experience with media production and is 5-10 minutes in length. 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 that demonstrates experience with producing and directing documentaries and is 5-15 minutes in length. If the original work is longer than 15 minutes, provide a segment or re-edited version.

Submit up to five items that may include video (up to 120 MB each), audio (up to 30 MB each), and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud.

It has never been a more exciting time to be involved in media, communications and journalism. In your portfolio, please discuss the possibilities you see in these fields and how you would pursue them.

Your portfolio should exhibit prior experience 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 following categories:

  • Print: 3-5 print articles (reviews, reportage, or opinion pieces)
  • Video: 2-3 stories shot and/or reported by you
  • Photos: 5-6 photos and/or a published photo essay
  • Layout/Design: 2-3 pages

Submit a Personal Statement (500-700 words) and 2-6 items that may include 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.

The Department of Music seeks students whose talent, creativity and energy demonstrate a lively commitment to exploring and growing into a life in music. A strong portfolio may be focused on one skill—whether in performance, production, composition, songwriting, sound design or other skill set—or it may show a range of skills and enthusiasms in music. The best strategy for applicants is to put their best selves forward; we are open to any application that reflects an active imagination and an eagerness to explore and create.

B.A. in Music

Your portfolio may include one or more of the following:

  • 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), composition or studio work
  • Documentation of creative and successful entrepreneurship in music and the arts
  • Work samples in music journalism
  • Evidence of online acumen, including website design, web promotion, etc.
  • Other evidence of collaborative pursuits across the arts and/or across media

Submit 3-5 items that may include 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.

 

 

Music Industry

Your portfolio may include one or more of the following:

  • 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 website design, web promotion, etc.

Submit 3-5 items that may include 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.

 

 

Music Technology

Your portfolio may include one or more of 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 music performances 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 Technology program is right for you.

Submit three items that may include 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.

The Department of Theatre’s mission is to provide a transformative education that aligns performance and production with academic inquiry and professional experience. We are uniquely positioned to help multidimensional students create individualized paths through our rich curriculum, extensive production opportunities, and co-ops in which they can work in professional theatre environments. In this way, our students develop a unique understanding of professionalism and entrepreneurship as the foundations of meaningful careers.

Please share with us your multiple dimensions and tell us how you envision Theatre helping you to develop your creativity and empathy.

Your portfolio should demonstrate talent and experience with performance in professional or school theatre, technical production, or playwriting.

  • Performance: Submit an audition video and mention the play, its author, and the character(s) you are playing.
  • Include two contrasting scenes or monologues and, if you wish, 16 bars of a song.
  • Selections should be no longer than a total of three minutes in length combined.
  • Production (Design/Technology/Stage Management): Submit a 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, which may include actual theatre designs and renderings, working drawings, props, puppets and costumes. You could also submit other artistic work such as photography, graphic design, video and audio design, sketches, and fashion design or construction.
  • Stage managers should include a few sample pages from a prompt script.
  • Playwriting: Submit a writing sample of a short, one-act play and/or character monologue. Include your name and the titles of your submissions. 

Submit resume and 1-5 items that may include 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.

 

Auditions

Auditions for the Theatre major are encouraged, but not required. You may audition in person on campus or submit a video audition with your application via SlideRoom. Because we are not a conservatory, your admission to Northeastern is not exclusively talent-based, but auditioning can help to enhance your admissions profile and increase your merit-based financial aid if accepted.

Please prepare two contrasting scenes or monologues and, if you wish, 16 bars of a song. Your selections should be no longer than a total of three minutes in length combined. We recommend that you select contemporary monologues and only do a classic piece if that is your particular strength or interest. Choose pieces that have meaning to you—we are looking for honesty and a strong commitment to what you are doing.

For more information, please contact Jesse Hinson at [email protected].