If we’re considering making you an offer, we’ll invite you for an interview. These take place on our UCAS days, which will be an engaging, interactive day giving you a taste of the course and real idea of what life is like here. On this day you’ll:
- Be shown the campus and Department of Media Arts
- See our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
- Listen to a presentation about our teaching and research
- Attend a sample lecture
- Take part in a hands on creative media production session.
After the interview, a decision will be made on your application and any offer we make will be one we think you can realistically achieve.
We understand that some candidates, especially from overseas, may not be able to attend. In these cases, we arrange an interview via Skype or make a decision based on your personal statement.
A portfolio might encompass any form of creative work that you excel in: photography, film, audio, sketchbooks work, websites, animations, screenplays, photoshop or analytical essays of creative works such as film or television reviews etc. You’ll have a chance to present your portfolio during your interview. Some key points to remember:
- Your portfolio should be presented either in hardcopy form, a USB stick or a web page you’ve used to collect and organise your work (an online portfolio on a blog site for example).
- If you have audio-visual work to show during your interview (e.g a film) please note you may only show a three-minute extract. This should be prepared and cued up to play either via DVD or one of the following software formats (*wmv; *mov; *avi; *mp4).
- You should bring a back up copy of your portfolio in an alternative format such as DVD or USB.
- Work should be PC and Mac compatible.
Your portfolio should provide the best examples of your creative work. This can include:
- pieces in development
- completed pieces
- a select range of work that demonstrates your different interests and skills.
More importantly, you should be able to explain the creative decisions and lessons learnt through the process of making each piece.You should focus on the quality of the work included, rather than quantity, as you’ll only have a few minutes to discuss your creative work. The work should tell us something about you: think about why you've pursued particular themes, ideas, stories or approaches in your work.Include coursework from your A Levels but also try to demonstrate your initiative and enthusiasm for the subject by picking examples from your own projects outside of college/school.
Ensure your portfolio is presented smartly. For example:
- If it is in hardcopy make sure it is in an (art) portfolio folder or similar
- If your portfolio is on DVD ensure you’ve produced a title screen and extracted the clip or cued it up so it is ready to play
- If your portfolio is online, create a website using a free tool such as Blogger, Wordpress, Flickr, Tumblr or MySpace. Make sure you have an ‘about; page and either use categories or additional pages to organise your work e.g. photography, film, coursework etc.
Avoid a weak opening or closing page and be prepared to answer questions about your portfolio.
Decisions are made by taking into account candidates grades, personal statement, interview performance and portfolio.
In interview we are looking for students to demonstrate:
- appropriate levels of knowledge about the media and its study.
- creative ability and potential for originality
- ability to reflect on and critically appraise the creative achievements in their own portfolio
- an understanding of the course and how it will meet their aims