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. Please only submit one portfolio. Additional submissions will not be reviewed.

Early Action/Early Decision: November 8
Regular Decision/Early Decision II: January 9

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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

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

Your portfolio should show 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). To add context to achievements, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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 j.hinson@northeastern.edu.

CAMD’s Undergraduate Admissions staff is here to help you navigate the application process. For information about application materials, enrollment, and next steps, please contact:

Jon Bernstein
Senior Director of Enrollment
College of Arts, Media and Design
j.bernstein@northeastern.edu
617.373.6927

If you have department-specific questions regarding programs, coursework, or portfolio submissions, please contact an administrator at camd@northeastern.edu. Northeastern’s Undergraduate Admissions Frequently Asked Admissions Questions is also good source of information about the admissions and enrollment process, visiting, financial aid and scholarships, and life at Northeastern.