Portfolio Submissions

What programmes require a portfolio to be submitted?   

 

The portfolio is used to review the applicant’s potential to benefit from and contribute to the programme(s) chosen with regard to the following evaluation criteria. The decision of the review panels will be final.

  1. Evidence of Drawing ability should be demonstrated through:
    • Examples of freehand, observation and/or technical drawing
    • Use of colour and texture
    • Variety of subject and media
  2. Evidence of Practical ability should be demonstrated through:
    • Skills in visualisation (3D and 2D) 
    • Quality of presentation
    • Control over media
  3. Evidence of Conceptual ability should be demonstrated through:
    • Investigation
    • Idea generation
    • Imagination and creativity

The portfolio is used to review the applicant’s potential to benefit from and contribute to the course chosen with regard to the following evaluation criteria. Evidence of ability to communicate ideas in projects will be illustrated through:

  1. Evidence of Ability to Communicate Ideas 
    • Examples in single images
    • Examples across a series of images 
  2. Evidence of Practical ability  
    • Composition
    • Technical skill
    • Quality of presentation 
  3. Evidence of Creative ability 
    • Creative enquiry
    • Development of ideas
  4. Photographic Work
    We would like to see a selection of your photographic work (up to 25 pieces) that best represents your creative, practical and conceptual skills and abilities. You may additionally submit pages from your notebooks or workbooks which show how you researched and developed your work. If you have had photographs published in magazines or online, you may submit them as well.

Failure to submit a portfolio will render an applicant ineligible for the above programme. Portfolios received after the above submission date will not be reviewed. The decision of the review panels will be final.

Applicants applying TU832 Architecture will be required to sit a Suitability Test AND Interview with Portfolio as part of the admissions process. Requirements and closing dates for TU832 differ to those for our Creative Arts courses, full details are available here.

How to submit a portfolio?

Closing Date Submission of Portfolio: Monday, 27th February 2023 by 5pm.

Additional information is available in the following documents TU Dublin School of Art and Design portfolio information 2023 and Photography Portfolio Submission FAQ 2022Information on the application process can be found by visiting the School of Creative Arts webpage. If you have any issues with your online application, contact creativearts@tudublin.ie.

Portfolio Clinic and Open Day

A Portfolio Clinic and Open Day takes place on Wednesday, 25th January 14:00 – 18:00 in the East Quad, TU Dublin, Grangegorman Road Lower. Applicants to our programmes in Visual Merchandising and Display (TU795), Visual Communication Design (TU973),  Fine Art (TU974), Interior Design (TU975) and Creative Industries and Visual Culture (TU978) are invited to visit the TU Dublin School of Art and Design for a tour of the workshop and studio facilities located in the East Quad, TU Dublin City Campus, Grangegorman Road Lower.  Applicants will meet staff and students from the various programmes and those applying to our studio-based programmes will have the opportunity to bring their portfolio where staff will provide feedback before submission of the portfolio by Monday, 27th February.  Register for Event

Portfolio Submission and Information Webinar

A Portfolio Submission and Information Webinar takes place on Thursday, 9th February, 18:00 - 19:00 for CAO applicants to our programmes in Visual Merchandising and Display (TU795), Visual Communication Design (TU973), Fine Art (TU974) and Interior Design (TU975). The online session will take place on Thursday, 9th February from 6pm to 7pm.  The session will cover information on our online portfolio submission process as well as general guidance on what type of work to submit.  Academic staff from the various programmes will join the event and applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the portfolio process and also about the School’s programmes.  A member of the TU Dublin Admissions Office will also be available to answer any questions you have in relation to the application process. Register for Event

Maximum & Minimum Scores

Programmes Maximum Score Minimum Score to be achieved
TU975 600 points 350 points
TU973 600 points 400 points
TU974 600 points 400 points
TU976 600 points 200 points
TU795 600 points 300 points

Mature Applicants

Mature or international candidates who are short-listed may also be interviewed. Applicants with an equivalent qualification or significant appropriate experience will also be considered and interviewed. The decision of the review panels will be final.

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