Portfolio and Interview Guide

Applicants who wish to apply to LCI Melbourne through Creative Entry must submit a portfolio and attend an interview. If you wish to apply via Academic Entry, please read about the requirements here.


A selection interview and portfolio presentation is an informal, friendly discussion about your ambitions, interests and any relevant work experience. It is an opportunity to showcase a selection of your best creative work. You will be interviewed by one or two people, who will ask questions relating to LCI Melbourne's Selection Criteria.


While not expected to be of professional quality, the portfolio should demonstrate a range of creative and technical skills relevant to the major and/or sub-major in which you are interested.


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 and/or sub-major 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-majors. 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, printed, 3D and/or digital material, including both finished pieces and pieces showing your development work. All media are acceptable, so long as they demonstrate creativity and relevance to the area you wish to study. Please bring originals to the interview where possible. Where items are too large, photographs are also acceptable.


A portfolio could include a selection of the following items, depending on which major and/or sub-major interests you:

  • Communication Design: posters/advertising campaign; blog posts or articles, original typography.
  • Fashion & Costume Design: fashion illustrations, fashion photography, photographs of pieces you have made, mood boards, storyboards.
  • Filmmaking & Photography: photographs, with captions or short statements; film, animation, multimedia presentation.
  • Graphic and Digital Design: an app, animation, website, posters or advertising campaign.
  • Interior Design: mood/story boards, sample boards, events/interiors you have styled, sketches, models, designs, plans.
  • Visual Arts: photographs or scans of excerpts of visual diaries and photographs or scans of 2D or 3D artwork such as paintings, illustrations, prints, sculptures, installations, sounds works and videos.


In the interview, you will be assessed on 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 and innovation 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.

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