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Portfolio Requirements

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Graphic Design for Marketing is a competitive entry program. But don't let that scare you! Show us your best work

First off, have you applied to KPU?

Before you submit any your work to us, you must first apply to KPU. Detailed steps are outlined here

Where do you submit your portfolio package?

Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your portfolio through an online submission platform.  Eligible applicants who have met the application and documentation submission requirements will be contacted for an interview.

Portfolio Guidelines

What should you include in your portfolio package?

Include 8 to 15 examples of your best art and design work: You can include drawings or illustrations, examples of typography, graphic design, digital illustration, videos, paintings, printmaking, photography, three-dimensional pieces or sculptures, journals/sketchbooks, etc. We like seeing process work (how you develop an idea), so don't be shy about including sketches and ideas. We also like seeing a range of work: include more than one type of creative expression. For any non-digital work, please provide high-quality photographs or scans (with good lighting and saved at high resolution for clear viewing).

Please tell us about your educational and career goals, including your investigation into design programs, and why you wish to pursue a four-year Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design for Marketing at KPU. You will be asked to fill in a form using an online submission tool (you can write up to 1,000 words).

Please include digital copies of secondary and/or post-secondary transcripts in your submission package. Your transcripts will assist the faculty in the overall assessment of your submission. Your transcripts can be "in progress" (i.e. if you are in Grade 12, send us your marks to date). Provide transcripts in a PDF or image file format.

In your resume, please outline any type of work experience or volunteer work you have done. Distinguish between paid work versus volunteer work, and in each case provide dates and responsibilities/duties, and names of organizations. Please provide this in a PDF format.

What's next?

We will contact you via email with a letter to let you know whether or not you are being invited to attend an interview with Graphic Design for Marketing faculty.

If you have not been invited to attend an interview, you are welcome to apply again to the Graphic Design for Marketing program between October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020 for the Fall 2020 intake.

If you are invited to an Interview

If you receive an email with a letter inviting you to attend an interview, you will be requested to contact the program to arrange a date and time for an interview. Interview dates and times will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Out-of-town applicants will need to request a Skype interview date and time.

When booking your interview date and time, please be advised that you need to allow 2 hours for this stage in the selection process (once you arrive for the interview, you will have forms to complete, and will be given a small design challenge to work on, but the actual interview will only take about 30 to 40 minutes).

Please Note: An interview is not a guarantee of a seat in the program.