Portfolio Requirements

The Wilson School of Design uses an online submission portal, SlideRoom, to collect, evaluate, and store portfolios. Once you have completed your online application to KPU, you may upload your portfolio package onto SlideRoom

Please ensure you have completed your online application and reviewed the requirements for your portfolio package submission before uploading to SlideRoom. Please be aware there is a supplemental fee and data privacy consent required when creating a SlideRoom profile. 

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 called SlideRoom.  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? There are four components.

01 / Portfolio

Provide 8 - 12 samples of your work*.

Within your 8 - 12 samples, include at least three examples of graphic design (for example, yearbook design, websites or mobile apps, logo design/branding, typography, packaging design, etc.). In addition to graphic design, include other two-dimensional work, such as:

  • Drawings or paintings
  • Photography
  • Video or animation
  • Process sketches from a sketchbook, journal or tablet
  • Please do not include character animation, 3D modelling or animé

*Include original work in your portfolio (your own ideas and your own graphic elements created either digitally or by hand). If you do incorporate graphic elements that were not originally created by you, please make this clear in the descriptive statement of the relevant piece(s). If you include work that was created collaboratively as part of a team, tell us in the description which part(s) you contributed to.

02 / Personal Video

Submit a video that helps us get to know you better.

The format is up to you to showcase your current skills (we encourage your creativity) and to answer questions provided by the program (see below). The video must:

  1. Feature the applicant, be created and narrated by the applicant
  2. Be a maximum length of 5 minutes (suggest mp4 format or upload to YouTube and supply the link)
  3. Answer the following questions:
  • Who are you? Introduce yourself.
  • Talk about two of your favourite portfolio pieces. What current skills do they demonstrate and why are they important to you?
  • Why graphic design? What do you hope to learn from the Graphic Design for Marketing program? What are your career aspirations?

03 / Transcripts

Include digital copies of unofficial secondary and/or post-secondary transcripts. 
Your transcripts will assist in the assessment of your portfolio. (Official transcripts must be sent directly to Admissions). Provide transcripts in a PDF or image file format.

04 / Résumé

Provide your résumé as a PDF. 
Outline your work or volunteer experience. In each case, provide dates, responsibilities, and names of organizations.


GDMA Portfolio Package Checklist

What's next?

We will contact you via email or phone 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, 2024 and March 1, 2025 for the Fall 2025 intake.

If you are invited to an Interview

If you are invited to attend an interview, you will be requested to arrange a date and time for an interview. Interview dates and times will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Interviews may be conducted in-person or remotely.

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