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Portfolio Requirements for the Computer Graphic Arts Program

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 application via website www.optagelse.dk.

We ask that all portfolios are well organized and are clearly divided or separated into the categories listed below. There is a minimum and maximum amount of drawings for each category; we recommend that the applicant aims to have a few more drawings than the minimum requirements. You can freely choose the medium of your drawings – traditional or digital; however, it is good to see your skills in both mediums. 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.

Please note:
We will disregard:
  • applications handed in later than March 15 at 12 noon Danish time
  • incomplete applications
  • applications which do not provide a functioning links to a portfolio (if you want to password protect your portfolio, you must write the password next to the link in the letter of intention).
  • applications with portfolios that are incomplete or not organized according to the required categories

Content requirement for portfolio, Computer Graphic Arts:

  • Character designs (min. 8 - max. 15 different characters): These drawings must show originally designed characters. We would like to see a range of variety in styles—graphic and 3-dimensional drawings. We recommend you depict two characters relating to one another in a scene. Characters should vary in personality, form, shape, and color.

  • Universe/background drawings (min. 3 - max. 6 indoor and min. 3 - 6 outdoor outdoor): These drawings can range from concept sketches to finished background layouts representing a location where a scene of action or acting could take place. Consideration of the situation which would or could take place is recommended. The drawings should be colored in Photoshop or Illustrator.

  • Storytelling (min. 8 panels/drawings: a panel is like a TV screen): 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.

  • Life drawings: long studies (min. 2 - max. 4 drawings), croquis (min.10 - max. 15 drawings): Drawings in this category should include formal life drawing with models, and can include drawings of people in real life situations – sketches. It may include drawings of animals as well. It is important that drawings show proper anatomy, size proportions, and an understanding of shape, body dynamics and weight of the figure. We recommend drawing from real life, not drawing from photographs.

  • Perspective (min. 4 - max. 6 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.

  • Freestyle (min. 8 -max. 12 drawings): Submit some of your best imaginative character based drawings or environments 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.

  • Optional: You are welcome to include links or additional categories to work outside of our requirements. For example: 3D models, photography, pages from your sketchbook, creative projects you have been involved with or any graphical work you have produced.