Portfolio entry is only available to domestic students. If you’re an international student, please view pathways available to you.
Alternate entry for selected courses is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry, by submitting a portfolio showing evidence of their academic achievements, qualifications and ability.
Portfolio entry is open to school leavers and non-school leavers. Portfolio entry is ideal if you are a:
- school leaver who is not eligible for an ATAR
- school leaver who did not receive an offer based on their ATAR
- non-school leaver electing portfolio entry or who did not qualify through another pathway.
You will be required to show evidence of achievement, determination and commitment to your chosen field.
If you are a school leaver wanting to study a bachelor degree course at Curtin, you need to have done the following:
- Met the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent
- Achieved English language proficiency with one of the following:
- studies in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR with a scaled score of 50
- a combined course score, moderated numeric school assessment or numeric examination assessment of at least 60 in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR
- a letter grade of A, B or C in Year 12 English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR course
- a grade A in a Year 12 General English, Literature or Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) course or equivalent
- Demonstrated academic preparedness through study of a minimum of one ATAR course and three general courses or above in year 12, or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification which are relevant to the course for which they are making the application. Achievement must be equivalent to a C average and a minimum ATAR of 70.
- Satisfied specific admission criteria for entry into the participating course.
If you are a non-school leaver wanting to study a bachelor degree course at Curtin, you need to:
- have completed high school with a WACE or equivalent
- have achieved proficiency in English specific to your desired course
- demonstrate you have studied or developed knowledge and work skills in the course you’re applying for
- satisfy specific admission criteria for entry into the participating course.
For selected Curtin courses, submitting a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and aptitude, can get you into Curtin.
It is very important to follow the below steps carefully to ensure your application can be assessed.
Step 1. Submit an online application
Find your desired portfolio entry course, click ‘apply now’, and follow the prompts to lodge your online application.
In particular, ensure that you answer “yes” in the eApplication when asked if you are applying for portfolio entry. This will tell us to assess your application via portfolio entry, rather than through standard entry.
When you have submitted your eApplication, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive this, you may not have successfully submitted your application.
Step 2. Submit your complete portfolio
Attach your complete portfolio to your eApplication.
All documents must be original and scanned in colour and in the original size as per Curtin’s Scanned documents and certification requirements. We will be unable to assess your application if you do not provide all of the documents below.
Your portfolio must contain the following:
- A Curtin University Portfolio Supplement
- Download and complete our Portfolio Supplement form.pdf [169kB].
- An introductory letter
- This should be an explanation of why you want to attend Curtin University, the reasons and motivation behind choosing your course, and your future career goals. The letter should reflect your commitment, preparation to study and motivation to be successful.
- An updated resume
- The resume should outline your education and work experience to date. It should include details of paid work and any voluntary positions held.
- Letters of support
- The letter(s) should be from your school, work or a professional representative who can provide details of your academic performance, aptitude and likelihood to succeed in your chosen university course.
- Evidence of your academic achievement in your field
- Evidence of your academic achievement can include secondary schooling, TAFE/Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualifications, industry training/accreditation, and workplace training.
- If you are a current school leaver, you are required to provide your most recent school reports, including your predicted ATAR (if applicable), Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA), Western Australian Certificate of Achievement (WACE) and ATAR course reports, when available.
- Other records
- If you have undertaken extracurricular activities relevant to your chosen area of study, you are encouraged to provide related documents. For example: leadership programs, examples of artwork, entered competitions, sports coaching etc. (Please refer to the below course information for specific requirements related to your chosen course.)
What course can I apply for?
We have a range of courses that accept portfolio submission entry. You can choose from a broad spectrum of humanities, science, business and health science courses.
Bachelor of Design – School of Design and the Built Environment
Courses offered by the School of Design and the Built Environment appeal to creative people with an interest in creating designs that impact our everyday lives. The Bachelor of Design is comprehensive and flexible, with options to accommodate various interests. You may be required to participate in an interview. If you perform well in the first semester core units, you could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses within the Bachelor of Design.
Applicants applying for the Bachelor of Design are also required to provide a visual portfolio of 5-10 images relevant to your preferred major, each with a brief explanation (50 words or less). This may include: full colour examples of your finished artwork, examples of your work in progress, and examples of your visual research such as a critical review of precedents/case studies, or excerpts from your visual diary.
- Graphic Design
- Digital Experience and Interaction Design
- Fashion Design
- Animation and Game Design
Bachelor of Arts – Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
If you’re a creative person and love to express yourself through different media, consider studying media and communications. These courses within the Bachelor of Arts are flexible and comprehensive, offering practical experience, which accommodates a wide range of interests and ensures you are career-ready upon completion. Students performing well in the core first semester units could later apply to switch into one of our many other courses.
Applicants applying for the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) are also required to provide a visual portfolio of 5-10 images relevant to your major, each with a brief explanation (50 words or less). This may include: full colour examples of your finished artwork, examples of your work in progress, and examples of your visual research such as a critical review of precedents/case studies, or excerpts from your visual diary.
Bachelor of Creative Arts
This course offers students the opportunity to focus on the Creative Arts as a practice and discipline. Students are provided with a broad based contemporary understanding of theory and practice to the study of Theatre Arts, Screen Arts and Fine Art. You will study key professional and critical skills in a selected major discipline with the option to select a minor discipline or choose elective units from throughout the university. The first year of the course enables students to choose foundation units suitable to the Creative Arts practice and begin study in their chosen major discipline.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Architecture)
Professionals working in interior architecture are able to offer creative, proactive and innovative solutions to space-changes in places such as airports, hospitals and schools. This course provides you with a solid foundation in the theoretical aspects of design, complemented with a technical knowledge of interior construction, equipment and building systems. You will also develop a knowledge of professional practice and communications skills.
Students applying for Interior Architecture are required to provide a visual portfolio of 5-10 images each with a brief explanation (50 words or less) that demonstrates your interest or understanding in interior architecture. This may include but is not limited to: freehand sketches, photography, design work, or examples of interiors that interest you.
Bachelor of Education
If you want to help others reach their full potential, our education courses can help you get there. Through a primary education degree, you will learn the skills, knowledge and experience to teach children aged five to eleven. Only limited places are available in this course and an interview may also be required. The primary education course shares a common first year with the early childhood education course, and you can apply to transfer to early childhood education at the end of your first year if you choose.
Applicants applying for the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) are also required to complete the Qualtrics questionnaire to meet the Non-Academic entry requirement for Initial Teacher Education Courses. You will receive an email from TISC with detailed information and the link to the questionnaire, once you have applied for this course via TISC. Once you have completed this online questionnaire, you are required to save the email confirming completion of the questionnaire as PDF or JPG, and upload the copy to your TISC application as evidence of meeting the Non-Academic entry requirement.
Through a Bachelor of Science, you can graduate with the skills and practical experience you need to pursue a career in science, as well as gain insights into the importance and potential impact of scientific research.
In addition to meeting Curtin’s Portfolio English language proficiency, you must have successfully completed Mathematics: Applications ATAR or equivalent.
In the Multidisciplinary Science major, you can include foundation units that meet the prerequisites for engineering and some other science courses. Students with a Certificate IV or Diploma should consider applying.
Associate Degree in Agribusiness
This two-year associate degree is a combination of commerce, agricultural science and agribusiness units that equips students for employment in the agribusiness management sector and for further study at Bachelor level. Students develop an understanding of the breadth of the modern agribusiness sector through units in agricultural production systems, farm business management, food and agribusiness marketing, and farm accounting and finance. The learning activities in the course will be based primarily at the Muresk Institute which allows for engaging and practical on-farm experiences.
Completion of the Associate Degree Agribusiness qualifies for entry into the Bachelor of Agribusiness with up to 24 months credit.
You will be amazed where a Bachelor of Commerce can take you. Curtin offers a dynamic learning experience that goes beyond the lecture room and into real business and industry. You’ll come out of your degree with all the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence that are needed to succeed in the business world. The Bachelor of Commerce has a common first year for a range of majors in Accounting, Business Information Systems, Business Law and Taxation, Economics, Finance, Property, Management, Marketing and Logistics Supply Chain Management and many more.
In addition to being available either online or internally at our Perth campus, this course is also available at our Kalgoorlie campus as a blend of online study and distributed learning.
Do you want to undertake a challenging management role in a global business environment? The Bachelor of Business Administration will provide you with expertise in the general management area. This wide-ranging degree can offer you a variety of opportunities for a career in business and management. It is designed for students seeking a degree that will provide expertise in general management. There is a range of introductory topics, and you will undertake specialist units emphasising decision making, human resource issues, international issues and work-related projects.
Studying health sciences can lead to a rewarding career that can make a difference to people’s lives. The Bachelor of Science (Health Science) is our most flexible course as it offers a number of areas of focus such as health promotion management, health promotion or public health. Alternatively, well performing students can apply to switch into one of our many other courses after completing core first year units.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences), must have successfully completed at least one ATAR science subject or achieved a grade A in at least one general science subject.
Semester one 2020
Direct applications are now open for entry to Curtin via portfolio. The deadline to submit a complete portfolio and eApplication is 4.30pm, Thursday 6 February.
Please contact the Admissions Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.