Show us a selection of 10 to maximum 25 self-made visual works, preceded by a creative process.
You get to decide yourself what qualifies as 1 work. This could be one painting, or a collection of 20 paintings. It could be one object, or a series and the research and process.
Your portfolio could include designs, objects, photos, films, games, animations, GIFs, fashion (accessories), furniture, models, objects, drawings, sketchbooks, posters, campaigns, paintings, documentations of performances, collaborations, usable artifacts, sculptures and anything else you’ve made, designed, or thought of.
We are not looking for a slick, professional portfolio. We don’t expect that of you, nor is that of interest to us. We are curious about who you are, what interests and inspires you, how you look at the world, what type of ideas you have and how you communicate those (visually). For that reason, we ask you to include visualisations of your ideas, experiments, sketches, and any other documentation of your creative process. If you can’t show this in your portfolio, use the assignments as an opportunity to document and show us your process.
By “process” we mean the journey you take towards your end result. Who and what inspires you? How does that impact your work? Do you do research into specific subjects? Do you experiment with materials and techniques? Do you have more than one idea and do you try out different things before getting to the end result? Do you think about what your work should communicate? These are all examples of the creative process. Document this and take us along in your journey. The process leading up to the result is just as important as the end result, so take the opportunity to dive deep into the creative process.
WDKA YOUTUBE CHANNEL
See this video on how you can present your sketchbooks:
And other tips & tricks for your portfolio from previous WdKA students:
We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach and a broad interest in mediums and techniques. At the same time, keep in mind that the Major assessors need to see your interest and ability to think and create within the field of choice. (For example, moving image and sound for AV, 3D work for Product and Spatial Design, storytelling for Animation and Illustration etc.) They do not expect you to create “professional” products though. If you don’t show this in your portfolio, we would encourage you to make at least one of the two assignments more Major-specific.
If you choose to use text you can do so in English or Dutch.
HOW TO PRESENT AND UPLOAD YOUR WORK
Make a digital document with a clear overview of your works and add your documentation of the process (text and image). Your portfolio has to be in one file. You can add links to video’s, websites etc. separately on your intake page. (Also put the links in the portfolio file). Put your name in the file name added by PORTFOLIO.
For example: JANJANSEN_PORTFOLIO.PDF
Max file size: 50 MB
Allowed file formats: PowerPoint & PDF.
If you made a video and you choose to upload your media to an external online platform (Youtube, Vimeo), make sure the link works, that there is no password or expiration date. If we cannot access it, it will not be looked at and that specific assignment will not be judged.
Keep in mind that the assessors have limited time and can’t view long videos, or a lot of different videos. If you want to showcase several videos or videos longer than 5 min, for instance when applying for Audio Visual Design or Animation, we advise you to provide a trailer as well to give a compact overview of the video work. Also, this way you can direct exactly what you want the assessors to view, instead of the assessors scrolling through the videos and maybe missing the important parts.
If you created an online environment for your portfolio, please make sure you present us with a direct link to the right page. The assessors will not search through websites. If for some reason you use online databases, please double-check all links work and redirect to where the assignment can be clearly recognised.
do not accept: Google docs links, Dropbox links, Words files, dozens of separate images, files larger then 50MB, zip files, We Transfer links, or other ways that require a download of your work.