Portfolio + Supporting Documents

  • Intro

    Show us your stuff!

    Your portfolio + supporting documents are a window into your work and practice.

    As an applicant to Graduate Studies at Emily Carr University, you must submit the following items online through SlideRoom by February 1:

    • Statement of Intent
    • Recommendation Letters + Curriculum Vitae/Resume 
    • Portfolio 
    • Video Question
  • Portfolio

    Portfolio Requirements

    If you are applying to the Master of Design program, your portfolio should reflect your understanding of design in its contemporary and future contexts and demonstrate how you plan to situate your own research within a range of established and emerging design fields.

    If you are applying to the Master of Fine Arts, your portfolio should reflect your understanding of the interdisciplinary emergent forms of cultural production and demonstrate how you plan to situate your research to foster change and contribute to the global cultural community.

    For each program, structure and edit your portfolio submission to present your strongest, most challenging, relative and imaginative work.

    Please submit 18 to 20 examples of your work through SlideRoom.

    • As a graduate applicant, we require you to submit a portfolio of 18 to 20 examples of your visual projects; this may include documentation of static 2D or 3D and dynamic sound, video, performance or other work.
    • Please note: In order to show us research drawings and images from sketchbooks you may upload these examples as a multi page PDF document.
    • You are permitted one PDF file with a maximum 6 pages. This will be considered as one of your 18 to 20 image submissions.
  • Video Question

    As part of our online application process, we ask that Master of Design and Master of Fine Arts applicants upload a short pre-recorded video response to all of the prompts below. Your answers will help to give us a fuller, more complete sense of your practice and interest in graduate studies at Emily Carr.

    • Tell us about your practice.
    • In what ways are you looking for Graduate Studies to inform your current practice? 
    • Tell us why you chose to apply to Emily Carr University of Art + Design, specifically to the Master of Design or Master of Fine Arts.

    Your video answer should be uploaded in SlideRooom in addition to your 18-20 example of your work. Your video answer should not be longer than three minutes.

  • Statement of Intent

    Statement of Intent

    As an applicant, you are required to write a statement of intent (500-650 words) that outlines the direction of your research and/or studio practice, and your intentions in pursuing graduate studies.

    The Statement of Intent should, where applicable, concisely and articulately discuss the content/focus of the visual work represented in the portfolio.

    If applicable, please identify one or two Emily Carr faculty or research area that you think can support your work and in what ways.

    Demonstrate historical and theoretical awareness of the field and your relationship to it - we are interested in knowing how you situate your work in relation to contemporary art/design practice and context.

    You should propose a focus of graduate study at Emily Carr University and describe your expectations. 

  • Letters + Curriculum Vitae/Resume

    Recommendation Letters

    Three recommendation letters are required. Of the three references, at least two references should be from people who have known you in a professional capacity and are familiar with your art or design practice and research goals (professors, curators, etc). The third reference can be a more general character reference (i.e. an employer or colleague).

    Letters of recommendation are submitted by the referee electronically via SlideRoom. You will provide Slideroom with email addresses and your reference request will be forwarded directly to your referees. You will receive an email confirmation when the letter has been uploaded successfully.

    Request your letters as early as possible to allow your referees sufficient time to submit them.

    Your referee must submit the reference via SlideRoom by February 1.

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