Applicants in the creative/performing arts should submit a digital portfolio to aid in the evaluation of their application. The portfolio should demonstrate your technical skills and the maturity of your artistic direction. It should support the nature of your proposed project and your ability in that genre. The portfolio should be a well-edited, representative collection of your work/research related to the project. Professional activities in your discipline may be included.

Disciplines commonly requiring a portfolio: 

  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing (creative fiction and non-fiction, playwriting, poetry, screenwriting and other) Note: Applicants proposing translation projects should not submit a portfolio.
  • Dance
  • Design and Crafts (fashion design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, bookmaking, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry & metalworking, textiles & fiber)
  • Filmmaking
  • Journalism
  • Music (composition, conducting, performance and other)
  • Theater arts
  • Visual Arts (animation, digital, drawing, illustration, installation, media arts, mixed media, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture and other)

Portfolios may consist of the following:

  • Graphic designs
  • Prints
  • Maps
  • Drawings/sketches
  • Photographs
  • Sculpture
  • Artwork
  • Audio recordings
  • Videos

For images, pictures, and graphics: up to 10 images. Images with descriptive notes (e.g., dimensions, date of execution, materials used, etc.) are preferred over PowerPoint presentations.

For audio and video files: up to 30 minutes in total for all edited segments (not per segment) 

For writing samples: up to 15 pages  

You must provide relevant and appropriate details for each work, including titles, nature, dimensions, authorship, and dates of execution/production for each work.

Anything submitted that is not entirely your own work must be clearly identified as such (e.g., filmmakers must indicate the role they played, such as directing, editing, etc.), including your percentage of effort.

Accepted file formats:

Audio: .aac, .aif, .aiff, .iff, .fla, .m4a, .mpa, .mp3, .ra, .wav, .wma  

Document: .doc, .docx, .odg, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .wpd  

Image: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tif, .tiff

Video: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
Apple ProRes is not currently supported. If uploading a .mov, please use an alternate codec.