Graphic + Digital Design

Submit your portfolio

A portfolio is a compilation of work created in various mediums that reflect your talent, creative process, knowledge, interests, skills, and artistic development. An entry portfolio for UFV’s Graphic + Digital Design program includes both visual and written requirements.

What to include:

Your submission must include the following:

  • Portfolio: 10 to 15 pieces of creative work
  • Two reflections
  • Résumé

Portfolio requirements

Deadlines

Admissions are competitive. Early submissions have priority in the review process. International applicants must meet early submission deadlines and may submit portfolios before the deadline. Short listed applicants may be required to attend an interview. International or out-of-region applicants may be interviewed online via Skype or Google Hangouts. 

Early submission deadlines

Late submission deadlines

Create a portfolio with 10 to 15 pieces of your best creative work. Showcase the use of at least three different mediums.

  • Visual pieces should depict a variety of subject matter — representational, informational and/or conceptual as well as a mix of styles.
  • Submissions may include traditional and/or digital media.
    • Examples of media include paint, pastel, graphite, pencil crayon, photography, digital applications, video, collage, print making, writing, publications, and non-traditional materials etc.
  • Include personal projects as well as school projects.

Submittion instructions:

  • Submit your portfolio using SlideRoom
  • Examples of acceptable formats for visual pieces include:
    • PDF, JPEG, or TIFF formats
    • URL link to a specific work (video)
    • URL and/or PDF documents(s) with multiple pages depicting process. Include sketches from your sketchbook, exploration and ideas for a finished piece (considered one of the 10 to 15 pieces)

Submit your portfolio

Write two reflections, each with the following criteria:

  • One topic
    • Using the resource list below, write a reflection on a topic or subject area that interests you (150-300 words)
    • Images must be included
    • End with a question related to the topic you choose
    • Cite the URL and any additional references

  • One designer
    • Using the resource list below, write a reflection on a designer that inspires you (150-300 words)
    • Images may be included
    • End with a question for the designer you chose
    • Cite the URL and any additional references

Post in SlideRoom where indicated.

Resource list

Begin with your contact information and provide a list of your education, work experience, volunteer activity, travel, languages, exhibitions, skills, and other interests. No references are required.

Submit as a PDF in SlideRoom where indicated.

Portfolios are assessed by GDD faculty on a 1 to 5 scale (5 excellent) for each of the criterion listed below:

  • Creativity: imaginative and original ideas
  • Experimentation and exploration: personal projects as well as school projects, shows process for one piece, explores composition
  • Minimum of three mediums: examples of media include paint, pastel, graphite, pencil crayon, photography, digital applications, writing, video, collage, printmaking and non-traditional materials etc.
  • Range of subject matter: conceptual, informational, and representational
  • Written reflection: demonstrate that you have some knowledge of the field of graphic design, your writing ability, and interests
  • Résumé: clarity and attention to detail
  • Following instructions: quality and completeness of the submission

If your portfolio does not meet the criteria, you may be asked to submit additional requirements for reassessment. Early submissions have priority in the review process. GDD applicants who are not accepted into the diploma, will be given an opportunity to register as a Qualifying Studies student.

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