Portfolio requirements for Computer Graphic Arts

Your portfolio should represent you as an artist, and include your best work.

It is important that we see a good demonstration of your skills within all the different categories listed below.

You can freely choose the medium of your drawings – traditional or digital; however, it is good to see your skills in both mediums.

Content requirements for Computer Graphic Arts

1. Motivational letter (max 2000 words)

With your motivational letter, you are giving the admissions panel a chance to get to know the person behind the work: Your background, interests, and motivations for applying.

The letter should be written in English and in the form of an essay, not bullet points or Q&A-style answers to the questions.

Some possible topics to cover:

  • Why are you applying. What made you choose this specific programme, and how does that choice tie in with your ambitions for the future?
  • How do you see your own strengths and weaknesses as a creative in terms of craft, vision, drive etc.? What are you especially hoping to improve at by studying at TAW?
  • What or who inspire(s) you as a creative person? Consider naming some favourite creators or works (comics, films, games, books …) and talking about how and why they inspire you.
  • Tell us about any relevant experience you may have, work or study or other! Anything from paid work to passion projects applies.
  • Formative experiences: Things you have done or that have happened to you, good or bad, that you think shaped you in terms of the person you are now.

2. Life drawings: Long studies (min. 2 and max 4 drawings) and croquis (min. 10 and max. 15 drawings)

Drawings in this category should include formal life drawing with models, and can include drawings of people in real life situations - sketches. It may include drawings of animals as well.

It is important that drawings show proper anatomy, size proportions, and an understanding of shape, body dynamics and weight of the figure. When possible, we recommend drawing from real life, not drawing from photographs.

3. Character designs (min. 8 and max. 15 different characters)

These drawings must show originally designed characters. We would like to see a range of variety in styles—graphic and 3-dimensional drawings.

We recommend you depict two characters relating to one another in a scene. Characters should vary in personality, form, shape, and color.

4. Universe/background drawings (min. 3 and max. 6 indoor and min. 3 - 6 outdoor)

These drawings can range from concept sketches to finished background layouts representing a location where a scene of action or acting could take place. Consideration of the situation which would or could take place is recommended. The drawings should be coloured in Photoshop or Illustrator.

5. Storytelling (min. 8 and max. 30 panels/drawings; a panel is like a TV screen)

Create a sequence of drawings that visually tells a story or a sequence of events. Consider composition, camera angle and posing of the character to tell the story without the use of text.

6. Perspective (min. 4 and max. 6 drawings)

Drawings in this category include environments, buildings or landscapes that demonstrate an understanding of the principles of perspective. This may include classic studies of perspective, but at least one drawing should use perspective of an object within an environment. At least two of the drawings must be done without technical aid, not using software to define the perspective.

7. Freestyle (min. 8 and max. 12 drawings)

Submit some of your best imaginative character-based drawings which show us your favourite drawing style(s), highlighting your personal and unique abilities. It is a plus to show versatility and range in drawing style.

8. Optional

You are welcome to include links or additional categories work outside of our requirements, like animations, illustrations, story ideas, pages from your sketchbook, creative projects you have been involved with or any graphical work you have produced. Also, should you have relevant recommendations or references and wish to include them in your portfolio, this is the place to put them.