Portfolio Requirements | Undergraduate Admissions

Your portfolio should showcase your best work to date.

Whether you are applying for first year Foundation or as a transfer student, all applicants to Emily Carr University must submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom as part of the admission process.

Find requirements for submitting your Foundation Portfolio below. If you are a Transfer applicant, see "Transfer Applicant Portfolios" below for sample portfolio requirements.


Foundation Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio is a collection of work and ideas that demonstrate the state of your creative development. We want to see what you create to imagine how you might succeed at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

A strong portfolio includes a diverse array of artwork, experimental processes, material techniques, observation skills, and creative thinking.

There is no rigid or fail-safe formula for a good portfolio: we are looking for that unique combination of creativity, engagement, and inspiration that makes art, design and media education suitable for you.

Part 1: 10 Examples of your Creative Practice

Show us a wide range of examples of your creative practice. All media, mixed or otherwise—from a video or a song, to a comic strip or a zine—are welcome.

Submit only your best work in its final state from the last two years. Be critical in your selection, as we evaluate 10 samples maximum.

Part 2: Process Projects

Respond to three prompts using a variety of materials, from images to songs to sculpture.

  • In one original image or 20-second media clip, answer the question: How is creativity important for both the individual and the community?
  • In three original images, tell us a story about yourself.
  • Using three different materials, build a model of what you would put in the centre of a public space. Include process sketches/photographs.

After responding to the three prompts artistically, please tell us how you feel about that entire creative process by writing no more than 50 words.

Part 3: Written Responses

Lastly, we want to hear your voice and learn about you through your writing. This is not a formal essay, but an opportunity for personal reflection and intellectual honesty. In 75-100 words per answer, respond to the following three questions:

  • What makes a communication problem interesting to you?
  • In your experience, what is the best part of learning something new? Give an example of when you loved learning as a shared experience.
  • Make a list of all the things you’d like to learn at Emily Carr.
Transfer Applicant Portfolios
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Portfolio Feedback

National Portfolio Day (NPD)

Receive free portfolio feedback at any NPD event. Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, portfolio critiques are available online. See this link for details and to register.

Portfolio Workshop for Teens

Offered through Continuing Studies, this workshop is aligned with ECU Admissions Guidelines and will help students with the application process and peer and instructor review.

We offer a number of courses and workshops designed for teens thinking of pursuing an education in art, design or media at the post-secondary level. Find all programs at teens.ecuad.ca.