Your creative pathway into uni

Creativity isn’t confined to just one pathway so why should you be? If you have the motivation to push creative boundaries but don’t qualify for entry into an Arts, Communications or Creative Media course using an ATAR, your portfolio could get you there instead.

Whether you’re a school leaver or a non-school leaver, we encourage you to apply if you meet our eligibility criteria:

  • Demonstration of English language competency by completing two years of vocational educational and training (VET) or Years 11 and 12 at an Australian high school (or a combination of both). You need to achieve English competency for all courses with minimum English requirements.
  • Demonstration of aptitude and ability via a portfolio of work relevant to the course you’re applying for.

You will be assessed by the Academic Chair of your chosen course based on your creative portfolio and application, instead of your ATAR results.

Portfolio requirements for specific courses

This is your chance to show off your creative talents and best work! Find your chosen course below to see what to include in your portfolio. All items listed under your course must be submitted.

Your portfolio needs to be provided to us digitally and hosted on a website we can access (such as Google Sites, Prezi, SoundCloud, Wix, WordPress, YouTube etc.) Remember to set your portfolio to public view so we can access it.

  • Two pieces of creative work up to 2,000 words in total (for example, a short story, creative non-fiction piece, poem(s).
  • Critical analysis of a novel, poem or play of your choice (800 words).

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair of English and Creative Writing:

Anne Surma
(08) 9360 2151

  • Five digital media works showing fine art skills (this can include scans of traditional drawings and paintings, or 3D models, digital paintings, animations or game mods).
  • A 100-word synopsis of each piece submitted that describes what the piece is trying to communicate.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair for Games Art and Design:

Brad Power
(08) 9360 2327

  • Five digital media works that demonstrate your creative and artistic ability (this can include 2D animation, 3D animation, motion graphics, website designs, photography, 3D modelling, illustrations or graphic design compositions).
  • A 100-word synopsis of each piece submitted that describes what the piece is trying to communicate.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair for Graphic Design:

Mark Cypher
(08) 9360 2240

  • Five pieces of non-fiction writing showing the scope of your writing talent (this includes essays, stories for a school magazine or website, blogs, film or music reviews etc).


  • Five pieces of photographic, video or audio work of a documentary nature
  • A 400-word explanation of the work submitted.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair Journalism:

Narelle Hopkin
(08) 9360 7529

  • 10 to 20 JPEG files of your work – black and white or colour; edited or unedited.
  • A 500-word synopsis of your photographic work that describes what you are trying to communicate with your images, your photographic influences and the direction you aim to pursue with your photography.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair of Photography:

Vicky Wilson
(08) 9360 6245

  • One or more video productions, or any style or genre, at a maximum length of 15 minutes. The video can be a collaboration with other students as long as you were a major creative contributor (for example, as director, producer or writer).


  • Up to 20 creative and artistic photographs on any subject in black and white, taken by yourself.

You must also contain one of the following:

  • A script you have written for a short dramatic or documentary production.
  • A two page film analysis of a feature film you have watched. The analysis can be of any type. For example: formal, narrative, genre, symbolic, iconic, historical, psychoanalytic etc.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair for Screen Production:

Glen Stasiuk
(08) 9360 6468

  • Two to four productions that illustrate your ability in an area of sound production, such as music recording and production, editing, mixing, sound for film and television or sound for games.
  • A 400-word explanation of the work submitted including credits which indicate which parts of the work are your own individual work. For example, if a music file is provided, a band may have played the music but the student recorded and mixed all the tracks.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair for Sound:

Simon Order
(08) 9360 7838

The scenario you need to write content for:

Your school canteen has just been awarded five stars in the Star Canteen Accreditation Program run by WA School Canteens (learn more about the Star Canteen Accreditation Program). Your school has asked you to help communicate this good news by writing the following content:

  • a story for the school website (200 words maximum)
  • a social media post for your school’s Facebook page with text and an image (100 words maximum)
  • a speech for your school principal to deliver at school assembly (300 words maximum)
  • a letter to a local newspaper (please name) inviting them to send a journalist to your school to interview the principle about the award.

Important to note:

  • This is a hypothetical exercise so key facts may be invented.
  • This material should not be posted to any social media or public forum.

To discuss further, please contact the Academic Chair for Strategic Communication:

Catherine Archer
(08) 9360 2188

How to apply

Once you’ve compiled the pieces needed for your portfolio, you can complete the rest of the application process.

  1. Download and complete the portfolio application form. This includes providing a link to your portfolio, writing a personal statement between 300-500 words and supplying your supporting documentation.
  2. School leavers only   you also need to download the school endorsement form and ask your Principal or a senior teacher (such as a Year 12 Coordinator) from your school to complete it.
    If you’re not a school leaver, this doesn’t apply to you.
  3. Apply direct to Murdoch online with your chosen course as your preference. Make sure you have your completed application form and all supporting documentation ready.

School leavers

You can apply mid-year during Year 12, all the way up to the week before uni starts in February.

We will let you know shortly after receiving your application if you are provisionally accepted into the course. This takes some of the pressure off your final exams. The provisional acceptance is then subject to you successfully completing the application criteria before we make you a formal offer.

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Non-school leavers

You can apply anytime throughout the year. If you’re eligible, you will receive a full course offer.

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Next steps

If you meet all the eligibility requirements, we will offer you a formal offer. Then you just need to accept your offer and you’re well on your way to joining our free-thinking community.

If you don’t quality for the media portfolio pathway, don’t worry. We will contact you to discuss the other pathways that could be available to you.


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