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BSc Games Development portfolio guidance

We are looking for evidence that you have the ability to take on board scientific principles and apply them to a creative endeavour.

Your interview

Once you have applied to BSc (Hons) Games Development 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 technical skill, creativity and personal interests.

  • Your portfolio or project should include:
  • A critical review of a game, app, website or other interactive digital media. This should feature annotated diagrams and imagery with no more than 500 words of text.
  • If you have them, we would also like to see:
  • A technical project you have completed including any code and digital outcome such as an app, website or game.
  • Creative work such as 2D or 3D design.
  • Projects in which you have used data to make decisions or proposals.

What type of work should I include?

You should also 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.

Things to consider

Avoid too much repetition in style and subject matter. Do include details about, instances, problems, data collection and audience research that has influenced your work. Tell us about competitions or prizes you have entered and/or accolades you’ve received.

Your portfolio should be relevant to the course, but do include a wide range of work that shows your technical competence, social curiosity, and understanding of functionality.

  • You may wish to include some or all of the following:
  • Any coding projects you might have undertaken
  • Drawings, diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate your skills, including images drawn from observations or from imagination
  • Product designs that demonstrate awareness of user interaction
  • Evidence drawn from a focus group (such UX experience or other data capture techniques)
  • Visual research into similar products or services in the market place
  • Mood boards (showcasing products, statistics and idea developments)
  • Work created using WordPress, Unreal Engine, Unity or other related software
  • Photography
  • Examples of experimental collaborative projects (such as attending Game Jam events).

Hardcopy portfolios

  • If you are only submitting hardcopy materials, you should ensure that your portfolio is practical and easily transportable. Portfolios may be ring bound or with loose boards between A4 and A1 in size
  • Up to 3 sketchbooks may be shown alongside the portfolio to demonstrate your project progression.
  • Large, intricate or fragile pieces should be shown as good quality photographs
  • Put your name on the portfolio
  • Labels and annotations should be coherent, neat and used in a consistent manner.

Digital portfolios

  • Featured images from sketchbooks, research, experimental work and finished projects
  • If you are presenting a showreel, your work should be no more than 5 minutes in length and you may wish to provide images or stills to accompany it
  • Digital work may be submitted using a range of platforms including Tumblr, Flickr, Prezi, MeMyArt, a personal blog, personal website or Dropbox. Emailing your portfolio is not suitable due to irregularities across different email providers
  • Ensure photographs and scans are clear, in focus and in a large enough format to see clearly
  • Ensure your digital portfolio is accessible during the interview as our interviewer(s) 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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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.