Digital Futures Undergraduate Program Portfolio Guidelines

The Digital Futures undergraduate program accepts students with strengths in diverse areas. Some applicants have strong visual skills such as art making and others are strong in non-visual subjects such as creative writing, science, computing or business. Because of the diversity of applicants, the Digital Futures undergraduate program portfolio requirements are different to the standard OCAD U guidelines. This section explains how to make a suitable portfolio that is tailored to your background and interests. Your submission will be made up of three components: a portfolio, a creative profile, and an evaluation of a digital product, service or software.

1. Portfolio

Your portfolio is an important part of your admission application. Keep in mind that when it comes to your portfolio, the most important features we look for are passion and curiosity — along with your ability to think laterally or "outside the box." This can be shown through visual or non-visual work. You can include a maximum of 10 pieces of work, one of which will be your sketchbook/creative journal/process document etc.

For helpful tips on how to best present your portfolio either in-person, through SlideRoom or by mail, check back on our Preparing a Portfolio page.

If your strengths are predominantly visual: your portfolio needs to demonstrate a variety of your skills and approaches to art making. This can include experimentation in both traditional and digital media, shown in a diverse range of media. Work exploring colour, form and mixed media approaches are welcome, as are three dimensional works, such as models, jewellery or sculpture. You can also provide links to websites that you have designed or that contain your work.

If your strengths are predominantly non-visual: your portfolio should include your best project work from subjects, such as reports or extensive written work. You should also add any hobbies or interests that give us an indication of your passion and curiosity. Some examples include photography, craft, poetry, cartoons, homemade videos, model making, computer programs, Facebook or other websites.

If your strengths are both visual and non-visual: you can follow both sets of the guidelines given above.

2. Creative Profile

A personal creative profile of approximately 350 words is a required element of the portfolio. No portfolio will be reviewed without the written statement. Some of the topics you might address are as follows. Specific details will be emailed to all applicants:

  • Why do you want to study at OCAD University?
  • What experiences, strengths and skills will you bring to your studies at OCAD U?
  • How do you hope to benefit from attending OCAD U?

3.Evaluation Piece

An evaluation of a digital product, software or service is also a required element of the portfolio. Choose something that you consider to be truly exceptional or special to you and work out how it could be dramatically improved and impress us with your thinking. Just a few examples include an iPod, Amazon website, game console, car navigator, even Microsoft Word.

Your evaluation must be no more than two pages long. You may include:

  • Photographs, diagrams, sketches and drawings
  • An explanation of why the choice is special to you
  • What could be improved for now and for the distant future.

OCAD U Admissions & Recruitment will contact you via email with detailed instructions on options for submitting or presenting your portfolio after you have submitted your application via the Ontario Universities Application Centre.