A project-based portfolio is sometimes referred to as a non-creative portfolio or a beyond creative portfolio. This class of portfolios includes portfolios that reflect a body of work for professionals responsible for producing, managing or leading the creation of a project (or projects) but who are also not primarily responsible for making any of the creative elements (design, film, audio, etc) involved in the project.

These portfolios are utilized most often by management professionals (especially arts management); marketing professionals including traffic managers, media buyers and account executives; public relations professionals; and event planners.