Creative Entry Guide

Portfolio and Interview Process

How to Prepare for Creative Entry Portfolio and Interview

All applicants for Creative Entry to LCI Melbourne are required to submit the application form (or international student application form), and then attend an interview and present a folio of recent creative work. While not expected to be of professional quality, the folio should demonstrate a range of creative and technical skills relevant to the major(s) in which the candidate is interested.

Interview Process and Portfolio Presentation

The selection interview at LCI Melbourne is an informal, friendly discussion about the applicant’s work, ambitions and interests. The interview panel consists of no more than two people who will ask questions relating to our Selection Criteria.

The interview panel seeks to identify potential students who are self-motivated, demonstrate initiative, and show the ability to develop knowledge and skills in one of the major disciplines offered at LCI Melbourne.

If a prospective international student applies from overseas via Creative Entry, the interview may be conducted by telephone or Skype, with an electronic or mailed submission of their portfolio supported by a letter of verification from teachers/lecturers.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used during the interview and folio presentation. While it is not expected that applicants will be expert and confident in these matters, the panel will be assessing your potential to develop the following attributes:

Discipline Attributes

  1. Awareness of the design profession.
  2. Familiarity with the design process including:
    • the degree of creativity exercised in problem solving;
    • the scope of development in producing design solutions;
    • the clarity of resolution of design problems;
    • digital literacy skills.
  3. Familiarity with the visual language including:
    • the imaginative manipulation of design elements; and
    • the sensitive use of visual elements in communication.
  4. Skills in presentation of the applicant’s work, both visually and verbally. 

Personal Attributes

  1. Individuality in creative expression. 
  2. Awareness of social and environmental issues.
  3. Preparedness to work collaboratively with other students and staff in a creative community.
  4. Preparedness to accept criticism and advice.
  5. Appreciation of the arts generally.
  6. Self confidence and motivation to succeed in the design profession.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Design Arts are set by the Academic Board. LCI Melbourne’s selection process is designed to be: fair; equitable; flexible; transparent; and guided by quality control. LCI Melbourne encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds, and particularly welcomes Indigenous students. 

What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of your art, design, media or written work. The portfolio should demonstrate a range of creative and technical skills relevant to the major(s) in which you are interested. The portfolio must include:

  • A cover letter that explains your interest in studying at LCI Melbourne, and your interest in a particular major/s or sub-major/s. The letter should outline your interests, passions and achievements and be no more than 400 words.
  • Names of two referees, including their job titles, email addresses and phone numbers. Referees could include: teachers, a principal, a work experience supervisor or employer. We may contact them to tell us about you. Please notify them that they have been listed as referees for your LCI Melbourne application.
  • Written or visual material showing samples of your creative work, relevant to the major/s and/or sub-major/s in which you are interested.

How do I create a Portfolio?

To assist applicants to present their work in the best way possible LCI Melbourne offers an annual Portfolio Review workshop. We recommend this session for Grade 10, 11 and 12 students, as well as mature-aged students. Please visit Events for upcoming dates.

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