Applicants to the Interactive Multimedia and Design program are required to submit a portfolio of creative work in support of their application. Normally portfolios and academic records are considered equally when evaluating an applicant for admission to the program. Portfolios must be sent directly to Carleton and must be received at the following address by the 1st of March:
IMD Admissions Committee (c/o Hana Jabi)
230 Azrieli Pavilion
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
If March 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, portfolios must be received at Carleton by the following Monday.
Admissions Portfolios should comprise of the following components:
1. A covering letter introducing yourself and the work you are presenting. Use this letter to tell us about yourself, to help us get a feel for who you are, and to describe your interests. This letter should be no more than 1.5 pages.
2. A curriculum vitae highlighting your educational background and any opportunities/activities that you believe have made that are especially suited to the program.
3. Four or five examples of creative work; good examples of work would include photos or scans of traditional art (pencils, pastels, paints, sculpture), prints of digital art, renderings of 3D models, game designs, and screenshots of web based design. Do not submit original work; include reproductions only.
4. An index of work identifying and describing each of the examples of work submitted. The purpose of this index is to make it easy to identify and understand each piece or project. Where projects were done in a team, please be explicit about your role and contribution. Where work was done for a course, please synopsize the assignment. This index should be no more than 1.5 pages.
The required format is 8.5" x 11". All work, including the covering letter, CV, and index, must be bound together and/or organized within a binder or portfolio designed to accommodate 8.5" x 11" sheets. Where work submitted is in electronic format (e.g., is saved onto a CD, DVD, or posted on a web site), the portfolio must include key printouts of the project. CD/DVD sleeves must be bound into the portfolio; video cassettes cannot be accommodated. You may need to use more than one printed page to fully present multi-dimensional work such as sculpture, multimedia projects, models, etc.; in such cases, you must limit the presentation of the project to a maximum of three printed pages.
The design of the portfolio package is, itself, part of what will be evaluated. The design and layout of the portfolio should support (i.e. not compete with) the work presented.