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Mini-portfolio requirements

Guidance on what is required to be submitted through mini-portfolio.

At this initial stage, the University is not necessarily expecting a showcase of final work, but rather an indication of work in progress. This must demonstrate how you approach an idea or subject and then develop the work from initial enquiry, through experimentation and enquiry, to resolved work.


Film and Television

The portfolio is made up of written answers to three questions (below) and a short film. The film should consist of a dramatic, documentary or experimental work. The film should be no more than five minutes long and ideally be a complete work, or else a strong excerpt that shows your ability to express a story or concept through audio-visual material. If your film is not in English it should include English subtitles. The film submission must be uploaded via one digital video file (or URL link to it) and be readily accessible (e.g. are not password protected) and must not contain copyrighted material. You must identify which role(s) you undertook in the making of the film. 

We are looking for a clear understanding of what it means to employ film as a mean of artistic expression and as such portfolios consisting of showreels, music videos, travel reports or storyboards are unlikely to meet our criteria.   

  • What element of filmmaking do you feel most passionate about and why? (Maximum 250 words) 
  • What attributes do you feel you would bring to the course and what have you done so far that evidences this? (Maximum 250 words) 
  • Which scene or sequence in a film has made a real impression on you and why? We are not looking for a description of the scene or sequence, but how you have been inspired by this. (Maximum 250 words) 

Please note: if we are unable to access uploaded clips, we will not be able to complete our assessment. Please ensure that your clips are not password protected and do not contain copyrighted material.

Applications to all other Art and Design programmes

A list of the other Art and Design programmes that fall into the criteria below can be seen by clicking on the link below:

All other Art and Design programme list

For applications to other Art and Design degree programmes we require:

  • up to 10 images of your development/sketchbook work (minimum of 5 images)
  • up to 10 images of your resolved work (minimum of 5 images)
  • up to 5 images which demonstrate your influences (minimum of 2 images)


Each image can have up to 100 characters, which includes spaces and punctuation, of supporting/explanatory text.


Influence / Context Images

The images demonstrating your influences may be images of work or objects which have inspired or influenced your work e.g.

  • people working in the same medium or for the same audience, now or in the past
  • people interested in the same subject or theme, now or in the past
  • natural or man-made phenomena, objects, places, events which have inspired or provoked a response


If you are making multiple applications, you must upload a separate mini-portfolio for each application. This allows you to tailor the content to each degree programme and showcase your strengths in particular areas. However, this does not necessarily mean compiling a completely different set of images for each application.





Contact Student Systems if you need help with a technical problem related to your application:   

Student Systems

Contact details


  • Technical support is available 9:00am - 5:00pm UK time Monday to Friday.