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Portfolio guidance

The key thing we are looking for is an ability to tell stories – we’re not necessarily looking to see fully formed short films, but something that tells us that the applicant has the potential to tell a story or has ideas for stories.

Liam Wells
Course Leader

Your interview

Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production at NUA, we will ask you to prepare your portfolio for your interview.

Key dates

  • If you apply by the UCAS deadline of 15 January, we will offer you an interview (either on campus, Skype or telephone depending your circumstance).
  • Interviews usually take place in February. It is at this stage that we will ask you to bring or submit your portfolio.

This combination of methods are used to assess your suitability to the course. All elements should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity.

Your portfolio

When compiling your portfolio, choose pieces that reflect your creativity and personal interests and demonstrate your technical skills. We are looking for storytellers, creatives and ideas people, not technical or software focused applicants.

How much work should I include?

Your portfolio should include at a short film (no more than 5 minutes), or 6 still images such as photographs or photoshop images, or a short script, short story, or other creative writing (no more than 3 pages). Do not worry if it’s not the perfect showreel, storyboard narrative or renderings because they allow us to understand how you think during the creative process.

What type of work should I include?

You should include finished projects that you are excited about and particularly proud of. We are interested in you; to understand what motivates your choice in discipline and your creative identity through your preferences and aversions. You may submit assessed projects and coursework, but we recommended that you include independent work where possible.

These self-initiated projects and interests tell us a lot more about you and your ambition and illustrate your ability to generate ideas. We are keen to see individuality, passion, risk and analysis. The most important thing we are looking for is inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and a real desire to come up with something that is unique.

Things to consider

Spend time choosing pieces for your portfolio.

You should be confident and passionate talking about your project as the interviewer(s) will discuss your work with you. You may not be able to talk us through the entire portfolio so be sure to present the work in an orderly, logical way. Choose a layout that tells the story of each individual project and an overall structure that gives us the full picture of you and your creative practice.

Try to show us the full range of your creative experience and interests.

Avoid too much repetition in style and subject matter. Your portfolio should be relevant to the course, but do include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of progressive narrative.

  • Your portfolio should include one of the following:
  • Short Film (MAX Duration 5 minutes) Complete Films Only.
  • Please do not bring edited showreels, cut to your favourite music. We are looking for story and need to see films as intended.
  • OR 6 Still images – photographs, photoshop images – organised in a sequence to tell a story.
  • OR a short script, short story, or other creative writing, no more than 3 pages

Hardcopy portfolios

  • The portfolio is typically presented in folders or Solander box
  • Non-film work can be submitted using loose boards or photographs presented in a folder or a case with clear plastic sleeves or mounted on a board
  • Include images of details from large or intricate projects
  • Put your name on the portfolio
  • Labels should be discreet, neat and used in a consistent manner.

Digital portfolios

  • Showreels should be no longer than five minutes and be whole scenes. A collection of your work cut to music will not be able to demonstrate the skills that we’re looking for
  • BMX or skate films are not suitable submissions for this course for similar reasons
  • Ensure photographs and scans are clear, in focus and in a large enough format to be seen clearly
  • Digital work should be presented on an online platform such as your own website, Tumblr, Flickr, Prezi, MeMyArt, YouTube, Vimeo or a personal blog. The link should then be submitted through the Applicant Portal or by emailing the below contacts
  • Ensure your digital portfolio is accessible during the interview as our interviewers look to load this in advance of the interview
  • All UK and EU applicants should send a link to: admissions@nua.ac.uk
  • Non-EU and EEA applicants should send a link to: international@nua.ac.uk

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Interview tips

Run through our Interview tips to make sure you are prepared for the interviews process.

How we
can help

Mock interviews

If you have NUA as one of your university choices you may be able to receive a mock interview to give you bespoke advice you for the big day. Please ask your teacher to contact our recruitment team to find out more.

School visits

NUA’s recruitment team travels across the UK to assist schools and colleges in providing advice on what to say and what not to say at interview, tips on preparing portfolios and personal statements and other invaluable insights that will help you to refine your university application. Ask your teacher to contact our recruitment team.

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Written submission

As part of your offer, you may be asked to submit a piece of written work in addition to your application. This would usually be after your interview.

What should I submit for the written submission?

Your written work might be part of or an entire piece of written work between 500 and 1,000 words. You may submit an essay, report or a completed log. The writing should demonstrate your ability to think critically, make an informed analysis and confident communication in a subject area related to your proposed course of study. All written work must be in English and emailed as a PDF file to admissions@nua.ac.uk.