Independent Video Game Design

Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio must include at least one (1) Game Design Portfolio piece (additional pieces are recommended) and may also include one (1) or more Supporting Portfolio pieces.

Your Portfolio should demonstrate your creativity, design knowledge, artistic talents, and technical skills, as well as some proficiency with the tools of the trade.

Select pieces of your best work to submit per category if available. Presentation should be clean and simple, not distracting from the work itself.


Game Design Portfolio Pieces:

Your Game Design Portfolio must include at least one (1) of the following pieces:

  • Game Design Documents: Documents detailing some or all of the game systems of an original game concept. Game Design Documents need to include at least one diagram describing your game’s systems, such as a flowchart or a game loop diagram. Suggested length: 3-6 pages.
  • Level Design Layouts: A text document that includes images and/or video presenting an original Level Design layout made from either a game engine (Unreal Engine, Unity, Godot, Construct, Game Maker, RPG Maker etc.), 3D Modeling software (3DS Max, Maya, Blender, Sketchup, etc.), commercial in-game editors, or through illustrations. The Level Design layout must be an original design that fits within an existing game or for an original title. The text and explanations in the piece must present the level design goals, intended player experience, pacing and challenge progression. Suggested length: 4-8 pages.
  • Pitch Documents: Unique and well-presented proposal for a game that includes a poignant description, mock-ups, unique selling points, etc. Suggested length: 5-10 pages.

Note: all Design Portfolio pieces should focus more on game mechanics and systems and less on story, world and characters.


Examples and References for Game Design Portfolio Pieces:





Supporting Portfolio Pieces:

Supporting Portfolio pieces are optional, but at least one (1) is recommended.

For each Game Design portfolio piece, you must clearly demonstrate your design approach and how those choices are supported within the presented game and/or level.

Supporting Portfolio pieces may be from one the following categories:

  • Artistic: Illustrations, concept art, (image and/or video of) 3D models, (video of) 2D or 3D animations, 2D/Pixel art, music, etc.
  • Technical: One or several programs or games that you have coded/scripted (Unreal Engine, Unity, Construct, Game Maker, RPG Maker etc.) and/or game mods that you have created.


Identification and Submission of Material:

Digital submissions only.

Your portfolio must be hosted on a file sharing platform (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) or website (Personal website, Youtube, ArtStation, Behance, Wix, etc.)

Please make sure that the portfolio link is publicly accessible online.


Please submit your portfolio here:

Last Modified: April 5, 2024