Portfolio and written statement
All applicants are asked to provide a portfolio of work and written statement that summarises their personal interest in Design and Arts. These are requested in order to ensure students have the ability and commitment required to succeed at Level 5. The content of the portfolio may also help staff to guide students in their choices of both majors and electives within the degree.
All applicants are asked to submit a 200 word written statement. In this short piece of writing you should try to summarise your personal interest in Design and Arts. The statement may say what drives you to study at UCOL and present other information that you think is relevant to your application.
All students applying for the Bachelor of Design and Arts (with a major in Graphic Design, Visual Arts or Textiles/Fashion Design) need to submit a portfolio of work which demonstrates previous engagement with creative activity. Portfolios can take a number of different formats and each will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Portfolios can be submitted either in hard copy or digital format and could contain any combination of the following:
- Drawings or sketches
- Paintings or other artworks
- Prototypes or toiles
- Concept drawings
- Examples of sculptural or 3D work
- Graphic Design
- Examples of applied art or craft work
- Original film or video
- Textiles design
- Interior design concepts
- Examples of anything else that demonstrates creative engagement
Applicants under 20 years of age:
University entrance requirements comprise NCEA Level 3 - (80 credits, 60 of which are at Level 3 or above).
- Three subjects at Level 3 or above made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects
- Literacy - 10 Credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 Credits in reading and 5 Credits in writing
- Numeracy - 10 Credits at Level 1 or above made up of:
- Achievement Standards - specified Achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
- Unit Standards - a package of three Numeracy Unit Standards: 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required).
Or equivalent academic achievement.
Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.
Or a provisional enrolment.
Applicants over 20 years of age:
A person having reached the age of 20 years by the first day of the programme in the year, for which admission is sought, is not required to hold the above entry qualifications.