Show us a selection of your strong creative work 

UNSW Built Environment recognises that your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent may not reflect your potential in creative thinking and making. We are pleased to offer you the BE Portfolio Entry to give you the opportunity to submit a portfolio of your work to support your ATAR. 

What is the BE Portfolio Entry?

At UNSW Built Environment, we recognise your creative potential. With the BE Portfolio Entry admission pathway, you can submit a portfolio of your best creative work to showcase your talent and boost your chance of admission to a design bachelor degree.

Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability and interest in studying your chosen degree. It should also describe your creative process and provide evidence of your creative skills and imagination. Assessors will review your portfolio and cover letter and may invite you for an interview to support your application.

BE Portfolio Entry is an optional entry pathway. Online applications are open to local applicants and onshore international applicants (i.e. those currently studying in Australia). Applicants who don’t apply for BE Portfolio Entry are assessed on their ATAR (or equivalent).

Find out what makes a good portfolio submission:

BE Portfolio Entry – What degrees are available?

BE Portfolio Entry is available for the following Built Environment degrees:

  • Architectural Studies
  • Computational Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

Upon submission of your Portfolio, you must list at least one degree which you would like your portfolio assessed for, you will also have the opportunity to indicate any additional degree choices you would like your portfolio considered for. This allows your portfolio to be assessed for more than one degree, increasing your chances of admission into a Built Environment bachelor degree.

Eligibility

BE Portfolio Entry is available to any domestic applicant who is:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • the holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

BE Portfolio Entry is also available to international students who are undertaking/completed one of the following qualifications: 

  • an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

To be eligible for BE Portfolio Entry, you must have at least one of the UNSW Built Environment bachelor degrees listed above as a UAC preference. Depending on availability, applicants who have submitted a portfolio and are within 10 points of the Guaranteed Entry rank will be considered, based on a combination of the portfolio and interview scores and ATAR (or equivalent). Any offers will be made through the usual UAC process.

Key dates

  • Online applications will open on Monday 23 September 2019 to local applicants (high school leavers and non-high school leavers) and onshore international applicants (i.e. currently studying in Australia). Submissions are due by 5pm, Friday 15 November 2019 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 
  • After you submit your portfolio and personal statement, we will let you know whether you have been selected for an interview by Friday 29 November 2019. Interviews will take place between Monday 2 and Friday 6 December 2019.  
  • Offers will be made through the usual UAC process.
Crafting your portfolio

Your digital portfolio submission is the main component. It should be a summary of your best creative output and provide evidence of your creativity and skills. You can include written or visual material, such as photography, previous design work, art, sculpture, and digital or online work. It should be a maximum of 5 x A4 pages. Any hard copies or physical pieces won’t be accepted. File size is limited to 100mb. 

Make sure you craft your portfolio to make it appealing and engaging. We encourage risk and originality of thinking and making. We will look at the size and number of items in your portfolio to assess your ability to consider both the quality of the content and how you have put it together.

Think carefully about the layout, its visual qualities and the story it tells. We aren’t only interested in your final design or products, so include some process work, technical drawings, patterns or design drafts. We love inquisitive minds, originality, and craftsmanship. 

Writing your personal statement

When submitting your application, you will also need to prepare a personal statement outlining why you are suitable for a career in the Built Environment. Your statement should be no more than 150 words and include your reasons for wanting to be a professional in the field. 

You will need to provide this personal statement for the top 2 degrees you would like your portfolio considered for (i.e. your primary degree choice and if applicable an additional degree choice). Each statement should be 150 words and needs to be submitted on the online portfolio submission form.

For your chosen degree(s) you will need to respond to the following prompt: 
Demonstrate your understanding of your chosen degree. Tell us about your creative strengths and abilities and why you are interested in studying the degree.

 

The Interview

Will I be selected for an interview?
Some potential candidates will be selected for an interview based on their portfolio submission.

What takes place in the interview?
The interview will be a 30-minute conversation with UNSW Built Environment staff from your chosen degree, on our Kensington campus either face-to-face or online.

In the interview, you should demonstrate your understanding of and interest in this field of study. This is your chance to tell us about your strengths, and how you are suited to studying in the degree you have chosen.

Will my interview be face to face or online?
For applicants within a reasonable travel distance to our UNSW Kensington campus, face to face interviews are preferred. This way, you may also have the opportunity to view our UNSW Built Environment facilities and meet the staff that may be teaching you.

Online interviews are available for rural, regional, interstate or overseas applicants and for those applicants who may be travelling at this time. Please state your preference for an online interview when you respond to the interview invitation.

Portfolio Entry Submission Checklist
  1. Make sure you have selected at least one of the eligible UNSW Built Environment degrees as a UAC preference. Refer to ‘eligibility’ for more information.
  2. Make sure you read the information on ‘crafting your portfolio’ and watch the video for top tips on portfolio development.
  3. Prepare your Portfolio for submission. You can only submit your Portfolio once, so please ensure you are submitting your final entry.
  4. Think about the order of degrees in which you would like your portfolio to be assessed. You must list at least one degree in the portfolio entry online portal. Listing more degree options increases your chances of admission into a UNSW Built Environment program.
  5. Draft your personal statements for the top 2 degrees you would like your portfolio considered for. 
  6. Submit your portfolio through our portfolio submission portal – see ‘how to submit your portfolio’ for more information.
How to submit your portfolio

To be eligible, you must have your chosen undergraduate degree as a UAC preference. After you have lodged a UAC application and wish to apply through BE Portfolio Entry, submit your portfolio.