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BA (Hons) Film Production Portfolio Guide

How to put together a creative portfolio for your course application process

Year 1 (Level 4) entry

What to include in your portfolio

Based on your application, you'll be asked to demonstrate relevant knowledge and/or experience in media/film production. This could form part of a formal course of study, evening class, or produced independently under your own initiative.

This could include one or two individual examples of films you’ve worked on. Make sure each clip is accompanied by a clear statement of how you personally contributed to the project, your technical or creative role in each example, and how you feel it developed your understanding of the technical and theoretical aspects of film production.

What we're looking for

Your filmmaking passion 

We look for:

  • proof of an enquiring mind
  • evidence of creative collaboration
  • the ability to reason, analyse and problem-solve
  • the desire to share unique perspectives through the film medium

Submitted work should clearly demonstrate your experience and understanding of digital film production, as well as be convincing evidence of your growing passion for filmmaking. Above all, it will clearly demonstrate your originality, ability and development potential.

Always bear in mind that we place a high value on original thinking, creative flair and intelligent filmmaking.

Direct entry to Years 2 or 3 (Level 5 or 6)

What to include in your portfolio

You can submit showreel material produced as part of a formal course of study, evening class, or produced independently under your own initiative.

Your showreel 

Submit your best showreel material. Up to 4 individual examples of other films that you’ve also worked on can also be uploaded.

Make sure each clip is accompanied by a clear statement of how you personally contributed to the project, your technical or creative role in each example, and how you feel it developed your understanding of the technical and theoretical aspects of film production.

Your production skills 

We expect to see various fiction and non-fiction film production skills demonstrated. Typical craft skills to highlight might include:

  • script writing and development
  • storyboards
  • camera operation
  • lighting
  • sound recording
  • editing

You can also evidence other pre- and post-production roles such as:

  • research
  • project management
  • sound design
  • visual effects
  • marketing

We expect students applying for entry into the final year of the course to have experience with Avid.  Please include a statement outlining this with your portfolio.

What we're looking for

Your filmmaking passion 

We look for:

  • proof of an enquiring mind
  • evidence of creative collaboration
  • the ability to reason, analyse and problem-solve
  • the desire to share unique perspectives through the film medium

Submitted work should clearly demonstrate your experience and understanding of digital film production, as well as be convincing evidence of your growing passion for filmmaking. Above all, it will clearly demonstrate your originality, ability and development potential.

Always bear in mind that we place a high value on original thinking, creative flair and intelligent filmmaking. 

Contact us

Any questions? Contact the Faculty Student Recruitment Team.

Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2990

Email: cci-enquiries@port.ac.uk