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Instructions, examples and challenges will be added to this page to help prospective students create a portfolio and sketchbook. Nothing on this page is a requirement.




Draw 7-14 small portraits at different times of the day/week. Spend no more than two minutes on each and include the time of day as part of each sketch. You can draw in your sketchbook and/or on different surfaces e.g. bus transfer, cinema ticket, coffee shop napkin…

Creatively display the portraits in your sketchbook.

Stacked Books

Using a pencil create a line drawing of a pile of stacked books (minimum of 2). Shade and/or a “cross-hatching” technique to focus attention on the light and dark areas. You do not have to shade the whole drawing.


Materials: fine-liner or pencils e.g. 3H, HB and 2B.

Your Interview Portfolio must include a shaded self-portrait using pencil. (See applicant example, right.)


Submit 8-12 examples of your art, this can include: drawings, paintings, photographs, film, sculpture,digital drawing... etc. A sketchbook is recommended.


We are looking for enthusiastic students!

This is a photograph of a successful applicants portfolio. They didn't have a lot of drawing but their sketchbook was full of ideas and they showed Youtube video analysis of 3D animation. The students enthusiasm was unquestionable.

Drawing Hair / Back of Head

A good challenge is drawing hair. Think about shape, value and texture, and not always the finer details.

The pencil strokes should always replicate the hair’s direction and the length. Highlights are always seen on rounded or protruding areas.


If you consider yourself a beginner, try filling a page of small practice drawings.


Materials: fine-liner or pencils e.g. 3H, HB, 2B and 4B.

Recycled Sketchbook: try using an old book or newspaper instead of a sketchbook

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