Computational Media Portfolio Instructions

  • Please submit a link to a sample of work that represents both the breadth and depth of your abilities in the three core areas of computational media: technical, creative, and interpretive.

  • If you are submitting links to a public site (rather than a site or shared directory created specifically for application purposes) please direct reviewers to the key elements of your work that you wish to have considered.

  • Please focus your submission in the area(s) of focus proposed in your statement of purpose (e.g., if you plan to work in generative methods, game design, or human-computer interaction, please do your best to submit a portfolio that showcases your related strengths). Some guidelines follow:

    • Technical: If technical work is a focus, please describe 2-3 technical systems you have built (with preference for computational media systems) in your portfolio.

      • Where possible and appropriate, please include images, videos, live opportunities for interaction, and/or links to download. If you have written papers (or posters, or other presentations) of the work, please include links to them.

      • If technical work is not a focus, but you have technical experience, please provide a brief sample of work illustrating this.

    • Creative: If creative work is a focus, please describe 2-3 creative projects you have developed (with preference for computational media projects) in your portfolio. (These may be the same as the technical systems in your portfolio, if appropriate.)

      • If the work is visual, please include still images and/or video. If the work is language-oriented, please include script excerpts, interaction transcripts, or other textual material.

      • If the work is auditory, please include sound files. If the work is interactive, please provide opportunities for interaction (if possible) and documentation of interactions.

      • If creative work is not a focus, but you have creative experience, please provide a brief sample of work illustrating this.

    • Interpretive: If interpretive work is a focus, please describe 2-3 interpretive projects you have developed (with preference for computational media projects) in your portfolio. (These may be the same as the technical and/or creative works in your portfolio, if appropriate.)

      • For work that is interpretive in a primarily humanistic and/or social scientific vein (e.g., software studies, user research) please provide 2-3 writing samples, illustrating the intellectual and writing approach(es) upon which you plan to build in the graduate program.

      • If the work has an important technical component (e.g., datamining playtraces) please also provide materials as you would for a technical system.

      • If the work has an important creative component (e.g., genre analysis in service of an interactive narrative) please also provide materials as you would for a creative project.

      • If interpretive work is not a focus, but you have interpretation experience, please provide a brief sample of work illustrating this.

  • If work included in your portfolio is collaborative, please describe your contributions to each collaboration. 

  • If you wish to provide different links for different aspects of your portfolio, please use this space to provide a link to a “table of contents” document, which provides links to the other elements.

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