What is UNSW Portfolio Entry?

With UNSW Portfolio Entry, your pathway into uni is unique - just like you. 

Here at UNSW, we want to reward your passion, creativity and potential to succeed in your degree area. That's why we offer UNSW Portfolio Entry, which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion and talent, alongside your ATAR. 

If this sounds like you, we want to see your portfolio submission. It’s an easy, online process, and can only ever boost your chances of admission. What you submit in your portfolio will depend on which degree you’re interested in. Remember, your UNSW Portfolio Entry submission needs to be completed in addition to your UAC application.

  • Who can apply?

    All domestic applicants who are applying for an eligible degree and expecting an ATAR within 10 points of the lowest selection rank for your degree (unless stated otherwise).

  • When do submissions open?

    Submissions will open on Monday, 25 October 2021.

  • When is the deadline?

    Submissions will close in January - the exact date will be confirmed soon. Start your portfolio preparation early to give yourself enough time before submissions close.

Submission requirements

UNSW Portfolio Entry is one, easy, online process. You'll select up to three degrees that you're interested in and be guided through what you need to submit.

What you submit in your portfolio will depend on which degree you're interested in. Read through the requirements below so that you can be prepared early. Remember, anything you submit must be all your own work.

  • At the UNSW School of Art & Design, we're always looking for creative talent. Demonstrate your creative potential by preparing and submitting a portfolio of art, design, media, or written work. 

    Your submission will need to include: 

    • A cover letter that explains your interest in studying at the UNSW School of Art & Design, including specifics on which degree/s and your achievements (max: 400 words)
    • Written or visual material consisting of one of the following: 
      • No more than six images with captions or short statements (256 character maximum)
      • A video or animation or website
      • A 500-word critical review

    The following degrees are included in this scheme:  

    • Bachelor of Design
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Bachelor of Media Arts 
  • At the UNSW School of Built Environment, we recognise your creative potential. Submit a portfolio of your best creative work to showcase your talent and boost your chances of admission to a design bachelor’s degree.  

    Your submission will need to include: 

    • A portfolio of work that demonstrates 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. This should be compiled in five A4 pages in PDF format.
    • A personal statement outlining why you are suitable for a career in the built environment. Your statement should be no more than 150 words. 

    The following degrees are included in this scheme:  

    • Bachelor of Architectural Studies 
    • Bachelor of Computational Design  
    • Bachelor of Industrial Design  
    • Bachelor of Interior Architecture 
    • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture  
  • The Bachelor of Information Systems at the UNSW Business School will equip you with the skills and knowledge to shape the technology that fuels the economy. Complete a BISAS submission to demonstrate your passion for information systems and performance in relevant subjects. 

    Please note, BISAS requires a minimum ATAR of 80.00

    Your submission will need to include:  

    • A personal statement - this involves answering four questions that discuss your interest in studying information systems at UNSW
    • Your year 12 school report
    • A short video demonstrating how and why you are suited to studying information systems at UNSW (max length: 5 minutes) 

    Please read the FAQs for more details on what should be included in your BISAS submission. 

  • At UNSW Engineering we strive for a better world, driven by our graduates who are passionate in creating solutions for humanity through their diverse perspectives. Complete a FEAS submission to demonstrate your passion for engineering and performance in relevant subjects. 

    Your submission will need to include: 

    • A personal statement - this involves answering four questions which discuss your interest in studying engineering at UNSW
    • Your year 12 school report 
    • A short video demonstrating how and why you’re suited to studying engineering at UNSW

    The following degrees are included in this scheme:  
    Please note, most FEAS degrees require a minimum ATAR (+ UNSW ACCESS, if applicable) of 83.00

    • Bachelor of Computer Science   
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Product Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil (Honours)/Surveying  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Quantum Engineering) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Renewable Energy) (Honours)  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Software) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) (Honours) 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Engineering Science 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Biomedical Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Food Science (Honours)* 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Bachelor of Media Arts 
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)  
    • UNSW Canberra (non-defence undergraduate students only):
      • Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours)
      • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)  
      • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours)
      • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) 
      • Bachelor of Naval Architecture (Honours)

    *To be eligible for this degree you can have a minimum ATAR (+ UNSW ACCESS points, if applicable) of 80.00

How to apply

  • Step Two
    Prepare your portfolio

    What you need to submit will depend on the degree you're interested in. It may include a creative portfolio, cover letter, personal statement, interview, school report and/or a short video.

  • Step Three
    Submit your portfolio by the deadline

    Submit your portfolio by our January deadline (we will release the exact date soon). You'll receive an email once you've submitted your portfolio successfully.

Submit your portfolio (coming soon)

FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions for more info and application tips. 

  • UNSW Portfolio Entry includes Art & Design Portfolio Entry, Built Environment Portfolio Entry, Bachelor of Information Systems Admissions Scheme (BISAS) and the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (FEAS). Portfolio Entry gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your passion and talent, alongside your ATAR. 

    UNSW Portfolio Entry is one, easy online process. You'll select up to three degrees that you're interested in and be guided through what you need to submit.

  • Art & Design Portfolio Entry  

    • Bachelor of Design 
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts 
    • Bachelor of Media Arts 

    Built Environment Portfolio Entry  

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

    Business School - BISAS

    • Bachelor of Information Systems  

    FEAS 
    Please note, most FEAS degrees require a minimum ATAR (+ UNSW ACCESS, if applicable) of 83.00

    • Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Product Engineering) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil (Honours)/Surveying  
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Petroleum) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Quantum Engineering) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Renewable Energy) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Software) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Engineering Science
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Biomedical Engineering 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science 
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Food Science (Honours)* 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) 
    • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Bachelor of Media Arts  
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)  
    • UNSW Canberra (non-defence undergraduate students only):
      • Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours)
      • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)  
      • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours)
      • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) 
      • Bachelor of Naval Architecture (Honours)

    *To be eligible for this degree you can have a minimum ATAR (+ UNSW ACCESS points, if applicable) of 80.00

  • All domestic student high school leavers who are applying for an eligible degree, and expecting an ATAR within 10 points of the lowest selection rank for your degree (unless otherwise stated).

  • The deadline will be in January - the exact date will be confirmed soon.

    Please note, individual faculties may decide to open a second round to accommodate more applications after ATARs are released. The second round will be dependent on the number of places available in the program.  

  • There are several double degrees included in UNSW Portfolio Entry, which you can preference via UAC.  

    Please note, if you're considering a double degree outside of the specified list, you will need to meet the entry requirements independent of UNSW Portfolio Entry and therefore, will not be considered. Just in case, we encourage you to list a stand-alone program included in UNSW Portfolio Entry as one of your preferences, so your application can be considered. 

  • Things don’t always go to plan and the ATAR is only one measure of your potential to succeed at university. UNSW Portfolio Entry will complement your academic achievements and boost your chances of receiving an offer through UAC for your chosen UNSW degree. 

  • It will take approximately one hour to complete the application form. 

    In addition to the application form, some faculties require a portfolio to showcase a body of work or video submission to express your motivations for studying at UNSW. But, the time it takes to complete this component will be based on the individual. 

    While completing the application, you can save as you go and revisit different sections to make edits. Once you are ready to apply, we recommended that you make sure you are 100% happy with it, as submissions are final. Please note, once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation email with an outline of your responses. 

  • Your submission will need to include:

    • A cover letter to explain your interest in studying at the UNSW School of Art & Design and specific degrees. The letter should tell us about your interests and achievements and be no more than 400 words. 
    • Written or visual material consisting of one of the following: 
    • No more than six images with captions or short statements (256 character maximum)
    • A video or animation or website
    • A 500-word critical review as outlined below

    Critical review topic 

    Imagine you are a critic for a newspaper with an educated but non-specialist audience, and you need to write a review of a current temporary exhibition or festival program. You can choose broadly, including art and design exhibitions or new media displays. The purpose is to inform your audience and to provide some context or background for the work. You will need to both describe and comment on the work. The purpose is to foreground your interpretation, so you are not required to do any additional research or provide biographical details for the artists or producers. 

    General advice

    • Have someone check your work for spelling and grammar, but ultimately the work must be your own and not copied from someone or somewhere else. 
    • Submit only your best work if you have lots to choose from.
    • If making or assembling is not your best skill, showcase what is. If research or enquiry is your best skill, consider the essay question. 
  • Your submission will need to include:

    • A personal statement, of up to 150 words
    • A portfolio of work up to 5 A4 Pages

    Writing your statement

    When submitting your application, you will need to prepare a personal statement to accompany your portfolio. The statement should be no more than 150 words. 

    Your statement is an opportunity to demonstrate your interest and passion for your selected degree and to tell us about why you believe you would excel in studying and practicing in your chosen field. Use the statement to tell us about your creative strengths, areas of interest and technical abilities. 

    Crafting your portfolio

    Your digital portfolio submission is the main component of the application. Your portfolio is a summary of your best creative work and provides evidence of your creativity and technical skills. The portfolio can showcase a range of different mediums including photography, sculpture, digital artworks, paintings, drawings, or previously undertaken design work. Include the written or visual work that best captures your creative approach and technical abilities. The portfolio should be a maximum of 5 x A4 pages, therefore you should ensure that you curate the work you include. Hard copies or physical pieces cannot be accepted, the portfolio is a digital submission that is limited to 100MB. 

    Your portfolio should be curated and crafted to showcase your best work in an interesting and engaging way. We want to see your individual style and creative approaches in the portfolio, we encourage risk taking and originality. Be sure to consider how you will layout and organise your work, you will be assessed on the quality and interest of the work submitted as well as the visual quality of the portfolio. Use the portfolio as a way of communicating your creative process, not just the final outcome. We are interested in seeing the process sketches, technical drawings, prototypes, and drafts to communicate the design process rather than just the outcome. 

    We want to see your unique and inquisitive minds, your original work, and your best technical and crafted work. 

     

    If you’re interested in more than one Built Environment degree, you will be prompted to submit a separate personal statement and portfolio for each degree. They may share some content, but you should ensure that they are tailored to each

  • Personal statement

    Submit written responses to four questions in the personal statement section. 

    The personal statement section will ask you: 

    • Why would you like to be an information systems graduate? 
    • What is it that attracts you to information systems at UNSW, and in particular, what courses in the Bachelor of Information Systems degree interest you?
    • What relevant experience you have had? For example, use of digital technologies and social media, computer programming, app building, part-time job, work experience. 

    Add anything else that you left out in the responses above. 

    Year 12 report

    Please attach your year 12 school report and your HSC results if you have them. 

     Video submission

    Upload a short video demonstrating how and why you are suited to information systems studies. Your video (maximum 5 minutes) is your chance to tell us all about your motivation and passion for information systems. 

    Some questions to consider when creating your video: 

    • Why are you keen to study information systems? 
    • How did you become interested in technology? 
    • Why do you think you will be a successful information systems graduate? 
    • What have you done recently to explore your interest in technology? 

    You can also talk about: 

    • Any technology projects you have recently been a part of 
    • Types of technology subjects you were passionate about in high school and why
    • Types of information systems courses you are interested in and why

    Ultimately, we want to understand why you are passionate about studying information systems at UNSW. 

    Length

    The video can be any length up to a maximum of five minutes. You should not feel like you need to fill the entire five minutes. 

    Format

    Your video does not need to be high production quality. We are assessing the content, not your video editing skills, so we only require that it be of sufficient quality so that we can adequately view and hear the presentation. Videos will need to be 100MB or less to be submitted. If your video file is too big, you can compress it by saving it as a lower quality file or save it in a more efficient file format, or downsize it using handbrake.fr, open-source software for video conversions, or by compressing your video into a zip file (Windows instructions here, Mac instructions here). 

  • Personal statement

    The application includes a personal statement section, which will ask you:

    • Why would you like to be an engineer?
    • What is it that attracts you to UNSW Engineering and the engineering field? 
    • What relevant experience have you had? For example, computer programming, model building, design projects, a part-time job and work experience. 

    Add anything else that you left out in the responses above. 

    Note: Submit written responses to four questions in the personal statement section. 

    Year 12 school report

    Attach your year 12 school report, and we’ll evaluate your ability in mathematics, physics and other sciences, design and problem-solving, as well as attitude and motivation towards engineering studies. 

    Video submission

    Upload a short video demonstrating how and why you’re suited to engineering studies. 

    Some questions to consider when creating your video: 

    • Why are you keen to study engineering? 
    • How did you become interested in engineering? 
    • Why do you think you’ll be a good engineer? 
    • What have you done recently to explore your interest in engineering? 

    You can also talk about: 

    • Any engineering projects you’ve recently been a part of 
    • Types of engineering subjects you were passionate about in high school and why. 
    • Types of engineering subjects you’re interested in and why. 

    Mandatory format and inclusions

    • A maximum length of 5 minutes 

    Identify yourself stating: 

    • Your full name 
    • UAC application number 
    • Photo identification (Show on-screen) 
    • 100MB or less, if your video file is larger than this, you can compress it using open-source software for video conversions such as  handbrake.fr. Or you can compress your video into a zip file via Windows or Mac
  • You must have your chosen UNSW degree as a UAC preference. After you have lodged a UAC application and wish to apply, submit your application via the submission portal. 

    If you would like to speak with one of our advisors to guide you through submitting your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • If you have applied for UNSW Portfolio Entry and are within the 10 points of the ATAR cut-off, you will be re-ranked based on a combination of an application score and ATAR (or equivalent). 

    The number of places available in each faculty scheme depends on the number of offers made through UAC. The highest-ranked students receive offers, and we work down the list until the expected ATAR cut-off. Once this process is complete, the UNSW Portfolio Entry applications may receive an offer based on the number of remaining places.  

    You will receive a notification of your application success via email, but please note, official offers to UNSW programs will still come through UAC. 

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