How to make your portfolio stand out

09 Jun 2017

As a world-leading creative media education provider, we want to attract the most creative minds from across the country. That’s why we place a large emphasis on portfolios and not just A-level results when assessing our applications.


A portfolio can come in many formats and should show us your own personal style, skills and ideas. Depending on which course you’re hoping to study at SAE, it may include: sound compositions, film work, storyboards, illustrations, 3D designs, business plans or creative writing.


TO HELP YOUR PORTOFLIO STAND OUT, HERE'S OUR TIPS:

 

1.   SHOW US WHO YOU ARE

Your portfolio should demonstrate your current artistics abilities, but should also be a statement of what you want to represent; what is your style, your influences, your aspirations. When people say your name, what do you want them to think?
 

 2.  LEAD US ON A JOURNEY

It’s important you show us how your ideas developed and the thought processes involved. This is because we are not looking for polished creative media professionals, but applicants with potential.  


 3.  CAREFULLY CURATE

Tailor your content to ensure it’s ordered in a coherent manner. We recommend starting and finishing with your strongest pieces to make a lasting impact. Our course coordinators and admission officers see a lot of portfolios, so you want it to catch their attention and leave them wanting more.


4.   INCLUDE WORK THAT DIDN'T GO TO PLAN

Creativity is all about making mistakes, and here at SAE we encourage experimentation, so make sure you include pieces that didn’t work out. Just make sure you explain why you didn’t like it, what went wrong, and what you’ve learned from the process.


5.   PUBLISH TESTIMONIALS

If online shopping has taught us anything, it’s that people love to know what other people think. If a teacher, mentor, client or someone connected to industry has responded positively to your work, print it.


6.   COLLABORATE

Collaboration is a huge part of what we do here at SAE, and our students are often working with students on different courses to deliver holistic group projects. If you’ve produced work with other creatives which you’re proud of, make sure you include it and tell us what you did.


7.   COME TO AN OPEN DAY

Lastly, why not come to one of our Open Days and talk to our expert tutors about your portfolio. They’ll be more than happy to offer advice and share what they like to see from potential applicants. You can book your place here.