Portfolio Requirements for Character Animation

Your portfolio should represent you as an artist and include your best work. It is important that we see a good demonstration of your skills within all the different categories listed below.

We only accept digital portfolios in the form of a link which should be included in your letter of intention attached to your KOT application. We ask that all portfolios are well organized and are clearly divided or separated into the categories listed below. We also ask that your name and contact information are easy to find and that you put a copy of your letter of intention on your blog as well.

We suggest using Blogspot, Tumblr or online PDFs and that you consider the size of your images and other posts so that it loads easily and quickly. We will not accept portfolios using Facebook, DeviantArt galleries (DeviantArt portfolios are fine) or Flickr. We recommend uploading videos on Vimeo and posting images no larger than 2MB to reduce loading time. Most importantly, is has to be simple to navigate. Please also make sure that your blog, link or website functions properly. If it does not function at the time of the admissions review, we will disregard your application.

Content requirements for Character Animation
  1. Drama and acting (min. 8 drawings): Drawings in this category should depict characters expressing a specific emotion or feeling. From reading the character's body language, the viewer should be able to clearly determine the character’s mood or feelings. We recommend you depict two characters relating to one another in a scene.
  2. Movement (min. 6 drawings): Drawings in this category should depict characters that are in motion—walking, jumping, dancing or doing sports, for example. In short, any situation where the character is in movement. Proportion and dynamic posing should be taken into consideration.
  3. Storytelling (min. 8 panels/drawings): Create a sequence of drawings that visually tells a story or a sequence of events. Consider composition, camera angle and posing of the character to tell the story without the use of text.
  4. Life drawing (min. 8 drawings): Drawings in this category must show proper anatomy, size proportions, and an understanding of shape, body dynamics and weight of the figure.
  5. Perspective (min. 4 drawings): Drawings in this category include environments, buildings or landscapes that demonstrate an understanding of the principles of perspective. This may include classic studies of perspective, but at least one drawing should use perspective of an object within an environment.
  6. Freestyle (min. 8 drawings): Submit some of your best imaginative character based drawings which show us your favourite drawing style(s), highlighting your personal and unique abilities. It is a plus to show versatility and range in drawing style.
  7. Optional: You are welcome to include links or additional categories work outside of our requirements, like animations, interesting projects, story ideas or graphic work.