Step 2: Create your portfolio  

Each work included in your portfolio should be presented with care. Take the time to document your work properly and collate individual works into a portfolio that is assembled into a structured and cohesive portfolio submission.

If you are applying to both programs (Design and one of the Computation Arts programs), you must provide one portfolio and an individual letter of intent for each program.

All portfolios must be submitted through the department's web application.

The Department reserves the right to refuse any portfolios that do not conform to the guidelines.

What to include in your portfolio  

Step 3: Write your letter of intent

A letter of intent helps those considering your application to learn more about who you are as an artist and a student, how you express yourself in writing, and what your goals are within the program.

Your letter of intent must:

  • Indicate the program to which you are applying
  • Be one page in length (500 words), written in English or French with attention to grammar, punctuation and quality of writing
  • Explain your reasons for applying to the program and summarize your interests, goals, and if relevant prior studio/academic/work experience
  • Summarize your level of technical or software skills, image and object-making, education/experience; include areas of strength and areas where you do not have prior experience
  • Visit our website and summarize your understanding of the program to which you are applying.

Step 4: Submit your materials

Applicants must submit the portfolio directly to the Department of Design & Computation Arts via the online application.


  • Portfolio
  • Letter of intent
  • Photocopy (student copy) of most recent academic record(s) 
    • Where applicable: high school, community college, Cegep and university transcripts. 


  • Letters of reference from teachers and/or employers
  • Students who have taken courses within the Department of Design and Computation Arts may request a reference from their instructor via the online application.
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae

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