DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIA THE 2020 ARTISTIC ENTRANCE EXAMINATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT CONTACT-FREE (PORTFOLIO EXAMINATION)
The Animation & Game Entrance Examination assesses talents and competencies such as creativity and originality, conceptualization skills, visualization and visual thinking abilities, technical skills, motivation and interest in animation and game culture.
In 2020 the Animation and Game Entrance Examination will be carried out through portfolio examination. In order to participate, applicants must submit a digital portfolio with 3 work samples. These sample projects should be related to the field of animations and games.
The digital portfolio must be sent to Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences via data upload until 01.06.2020. For specifications regarding the submission procedure please refer to the application guidelines provided for download:
The work samples should be related to the field of animations and games. So for example you can include storyboards, animatics, character designs, environment concept art, cartoons/graphics novels (excerpts), flip books, stop motion, 2D or 3-D animations, board game designs, game prototypes, 3D graphics.
Can I submit more than 3 work samples?
You should stick to 3 work samples. However, a single work sample can consist of several related items. So you should rather consider the 3 work samples as three projects which are shown through a small choice of characteristic elements. This will allow you to demonstrate conceptual depth.
For example if you plan to submit character designs as one work sample, include variations, poses, facial expressions, turnarounds or show several characters which belong to your storyworld/game instead of limiting yourself to just one single drawing.
If you consider submitting an idea for an animated short you can present it in form of a storyboard or animatic and include some environment concept paintings.
In the case of 3-D art it is advisable to include concept drawings and present the final result in form of a turnaround or flythrough video on top of a single rendered image.
Can I submit written stories, scripts or game concepts?
You should present your work mainly in a visual form. You may add a written story/gameplay summary for better understanding but the written elements should not exceed the length of 1 page.
How do I submit games or game prototypes?
Submit a gameplay video which shows the most important features. In addition you should submit a playable version/build as well. Make sure that all relevant components are included and fully functional.