Alternative entry is available for selected courses for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of your 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
- 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.
To apply through the portfolio entry pathway in Semester 2, 2019, you can apply directly to Curtin by finding your desired portfolio entry course on the Curtin Offerings Search and clicking the ‘How to apply’ tab. You will then need to follow all of the steps to lodge your online application. In the eApplication, when you are asked: “Are you applying for Portfolio Entry?” answer “yes”. If you do not answer ‘yes’ to this question, your application will be assessed against the standard university admission criteria.
When you are applying online, please ensure that you attach a complete Portfolio. Your Portfolio will be considered incomplete if you do not provide all of the documents below. Please also ensure that you receive the application confirmation email that confirms completion of your application, as we are unable to assess incomplete applications.
All documents must be original and scanned in colour and in the original size as per Curtin’s Scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines. If the documents are not sent in the correct manner we will be unable to proceed with your application until we receive the documents in the correct format.
Your portfolio must contain the following:
- A Curtin University Portfolio Supplement
- Download and complete our portfolio supplement [.pdf – 153kB].
- 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.
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 Applied Science (Interior Architecture) – Semester 1 intake only
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kalgoorlie-based students can complete the first year of the BSc (Health Sciences) at the Kalgoorlie campus via a blend of distributed units and online units. Thereafter students can transfer to external mode and complete the course online, or transfer to the Perth campus to complete this degree or apply to switch to another Health Sciences course.
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 2, 2019
Applications are now open. Please refer to our application deadlines to find out when the applications close for your desired course.
You can apply by finding your desired portfolio entry course on the Curtin Offerings Search and clicking the ‘How to apply’ tab. You will then need to follow all of the steps to lodge your online application. In the eApplication, when you are asked: “Are you applying for Portfolio Entry?” answer “yes”. If you do not answer ‘yes’ to this question, your application will be assessed against the standard university admission criteria. When you are applying online, please ensure that you attach a completed Portfolio. Please also ensure that you receive the application confirmation email that confirms completion of your application, as we are unable to assess incomplete applications.
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