1. ARTIST STATEMENT (must be submitted as a PDF)
This is a statement that describes the kind of artist you are, your career goals, and what attracts you to the Design for Performance course. This should include your understanding of the role of design in the performance industry (this could include stage, screen or other emerging platforms). Please provide us with any previous relevant experience.
Your statement should include one example of live performance you have seen recently whether in-person or recorded, and describe the design elements (set, costume, lighting, video, etc.), explaining the role they played in creating meaning to the performance.
The statement should not exceed 800 words. Please include the production name, venue and location, and the design team’s names if possible. Please include up to five images, where possible.
2. PORTFOLIO (submitted as a PowerPoint or PDF)
Your digital portfolio should show us who you are as a creative thinker and demonstrate your ability to develop and express ideas and concepts with visual, spatial and material language.
A good portfolio will demonstrate your creativity and passion, and your level of design skill. This can include work produced in the workplace, at school, at university, at home, or for leisure and can include examples of:
- Production photographs from plays, performances or film projects you have worked on.
- Design projects, including development journals.
- Drawing, digital drawing, drafting, painting, printing.
- Photography, collage, illustration, graphic design.
- Storyboarding, concept art, animations, film editing.
- Model-making, digital modelling.
- Making projects, including models, sculptures, costumes, properties, and scenic art.
- Anything else that demonstrates your visual thinking and skills.
Your portfolio should be curated and simply presented to show your best work. It is better to have fewer examples of higher quality, between 12 and 24 pages should be enough.
The choice and presentation of your portfolio images is an example of your design thinking and visual communication that we will consider. You will be asked to talk through your portfolio at the interview.
The statement and portfolio must be submitted as PDF files and clearly titled with your name as follows:
You will upload both your Artist Statement and Portfolio in the ‘Course Specific Application Requirements’ attachment section of your online application.
You will be advised by email if you are successful in Round One. If you are successful, you will receive an invitation for an interview in Round Two. This will include confirmation of an interview date.
Please note all efforts will be made to give successful Round One applicants their preferred interview date, but NIDA cannot guarantee the date and time as it is subject to staff availability.