Portfolio requirements

What is a portfolio?

It is a selection of your creative work which demonstrates your creative potential.

Who needs to submit a portfolio?

If you are applying for a Bachelor of Design (Hons) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) or a Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts, you will need to submit a portfolio.

Please note that the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) includes a discussion / interview. We will contact you once you applied online.

Why do I have to provide one?

The work that you submit as a portfolio is a starting point for a conversation with us. We want to know more about you and how you…

  • generate, explore and develop ideas
  • how you experiment with different media, materials, techniques and technologies, and use these to transform ideas into a piece of work
  • how you can think in innovative and contrasting ways
  • how you can be original, inventive and committed to being creative

Can the portfolio be printed or digital?

Yes. You can either provide a portfolio in a printed format (we recommend 12 - 24 pages of work) and post it to us at the address below

Physical portfolio

OR

When you apply online for the Bachelor of Design (Hons) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) you will be asked to upload a portfolio at the same time (PDF, maximum size 5MB).

Digital portfolio upload

What should I include in a portfolio?

Here’s a list of the type of work you can show us (you don’t need to show us all of this, these are just examples).

  • Drawings
  • Sketches
  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Prototypes
  • Mock-ups / 3D models
  • Performance
  • Graphic design work
  • Sculpture
  • Installations
  • Fashion / sewing / patterns / textiles
  • Developmental work, such as copies of workbook pages, journal or visual diary
  • Screen captures in the case of digital work
  • Links to original work (ie: blogs, Instagram, YouTube, Instagram, Sound Cloud, Pinterest, Vimeo, Facebook, Bandcamp)

Tips:

  1. Give us a range of work to look at, from work you might have done at school to creative projects you did outside of school or within your community
  2. It’s good to provide notes about the ideas behind your work and how these ideas were translated into their final form
  3. Please do not include items such as art history assignments or testimonials in your application.
  4. If you are providing links to your work that is online, please include live links within your PDF
  5. Talk with your teacher about what examples of your work from NCEA best demonstrate your skills, strengths and talents. You can also include images from self-directed projects.

Automatic Entry

If you have meet the requirement of NCEA level 2 with Excellence overall and an excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you will not need to submit a portfolio.

What you need to do:
When you apply online and you are prompted to upload a portfolio – please either:

1. Upload a copy of your NCEA level 2 results or

2. Upload a note (handwritten is OK) stating “I qualify for Auto Entry” and we will check your NCEA results via NZQA. If you are uncertain about whether you qualify for auto entry please contact us at creative@massey.ac.nz or call 0800 Massey.

Application process

  1. Apply online at massey.ac.nz/enrol
    What’s the difference between “applying” and “enrolling”
    Enrolling is a two-step process:
    1. You apply to study at Massey University. You then need to be accepted as a student by the university. You will be given a student ID number.
    2. Once you have been accepted to study at Massey you then need to enrol in your courses. You will be sent information about how to do this.
  2. Check whether you are eligible for automatic entry.
  3. Submit (upload) your portfolio when you apply online (design, fine arts, Māori visual arts only). Alternatively, you can post it to the address below.

    Due date for February start – 1 October
    Due date for September start – 1 July
    Late applications will be accepted subject to available spaces.

  4. Portfolios will be acknowledged on receipt.
  5. While the College has a well-established tracking process for all portfolios received, it does not accept liability for loss of, or damage to portfolios that are sent through the post. Portfolios and their contents must be clearly labeled – please be sure to label every separate piece with your name.

Postal address for portfolios:

Design and Fine Arts
Student Central
Massey University Wellington Campus
Entrance A
Wallace Street
Wellington 6141

Māori Visual Arts

Toioho ki Āpiti
Te Pūtahi-a-Toi
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 5301

Enrolment enquiries

Phone: 0800 MASSEY
Text: 5222
Email: creative@massey.ac.nz

 

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  • Application process summary

    1. Enrol online.

    2. Check whether you are eligible for automatic entry.

    3. If you are not eligible for automatic entry, submit your portfolio anytime from 1 July. Due date for design, fine arts and Māori visual arts is 1 October. Late applications are being accepted subject to available spaces.

    4. Portfolios will be acknowledged on receipt. While the College has a well-established tracking process for all portfolios received, it does not accept liability for loss of, or damage to, portfolios. Portfolios and their contents must be clearly labeled – please be sure to label every separate piece with your name.

    5. Application results will be emailed by mid-December.

    6. Fine art applicants will be asked to attend an interview, either by Skype or in person.

    7. For those awaiting Year 13 NCEA results, provisional acceptance is subject to gaining admission to the University and cannot be confirmed until results are known. Applicants who are not successful in obtaining admission to university will be contacted in January about alternative programmes.

  • Contact details

    Design and fine arts
    Campus Information Services
    Massey University Wellington Campus
    Entrance A
    Wallace Street
    Wellington

    Māori visual arts
    Toioho ki Apiti
    Te Putahi a Toi
    Massey University
    Private Bag 11 222
    Palmerston North 5301

    Enrolment enquiries
    Phone: 0800 MASSEY
    Text: 5222
    Email: creative@massey.ac.nz