Preparing for Interviews and Auditions
Your visit will include:
- a tour of the College and its facilities
- an opportunity to discuss the programme with current students (during term time)
This is also your chance to find out about us, so use the tour and interview to find out what you need to know to help you make your decision about where to study.
School of Design, Management and Technical Arts Interviews
You will have an individual interview with one or two programme tutors, including an opportunity to present your portfolio (see below).
We try to keep the interview as relaxed and informal as possible. There are no ‘right’ answers to the questions you will be asked, but you will probably feel that you are being put ‘on the spot’ and asked difficult, critical questions. We only have a short time to talk to each of you, and we need to get under the surface – this is not intended to undermine your confidence, though it may feel like it at the time!
If you are invited to an interview for any programme in the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts we ask that you bring a portfolio with you, which will form a valuable starting point for discussion in your interview.
For all programmes:
- Show the range of work you have done and your interests, including relevant personal work as well as course work.
- Don’t be too selective, and include materials that show your process as well as the final outcome, such as notes, plans, sketches, and schedules.
- Present your work in a logical, ordered fashion – it doesn’t need to be elaborate
- Make it clear where work has been made in collaboration with other people, and what aspects of the work are your own.
- Keep audio, video or film work to a maximum of 5 minutes long. We cannot guarantee to have replay equipment available, so if possible you should bring your own computer to play your work on.
For visual design and craft programmes:
- It is important that we see a variety of works in a variety of media, such as colour and texture studies, 2 & 3 dimensional work, photography, character drawing, sketch books containing visual notes and marks, found material, reference, and research.
- If you have previously designed set, costume or lighting for a performance, or made set, props or costumes, include drawings and photographs.
We are looking for:
- your ability to work expressively and communicate visually
- your ability to develop an idea through visual research within a creative process
- experimentation with colour, texture, space and form, in different media
- the range of skills and techniques that you have developed so far.
School of Performance Audition Procedures
BA (Hons) ACTING and BA (Hons) ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP
There are two rounds for each of these courses. For your first round for each you will be asked to prepare two speeches, one classical (Shakespeare/Jacobean/Elizabethan etc) and one contemporary (approximately 1960-onwards). Each should last around 90 seconds. We don’t have a list to choose from so what you perform is entirely up to you. You will have a tour of the campus and a chance to speak to students and staff. If you are auditioning for the Actor Musicianship course you will also take part in a short group musicality exercise, for which you will not need to prepare anything.
If successful you will be asked back for a second round, during which you will take part in a morning of workshops. For both courses you will be asked to prepare a song; for the Actor Musicianship course you will be asked to prepare a piece of your choice on each of your instruments. We may then ask you to stay on into the afternoon for a final round, during which you will have a chat with the tutors and possibly perform your speeches again.
Please note, if you are applying for both courses you only need to attend one first round audition, at which you will be considered for both courses. It is preferable for you to attend an Actor Musicianship first round in this instance.
Audition fee cost - £55*
BA (Hons) AMERICAN THEATRE ARTS
You will be asked to attend one audition session, lasting around 3 hours. You will need to prepare one monologue from a modern play (post 1945) of no longer than two minutes in length. You will not need to choose an American play or attempt an American accent. You are expected to have read the whole play from which the speech is selected. You will also be asked to read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. During your audition you will have an interview with the course tutors, take part in a practical exercise, be able to speak to current students on the course and have a tour of the campus.
Audition fee cost - £25*
BA (Hons) EUROPEAN THEATRE ARTS
You will be asked to attend one audition session, lasting around 3 hours. You will need to prepare one monologue from a contemporary European play (including British). During your audition you will have an interview with the course tutors, take part in a practical workshop, be able to speak to current students on the course and have a tour of the campus.
Audition fee cost - £25*
You will be asked to attend one audition session, lasting around 3 hours. You will be asked to prepare two speeches, one classical (Shakespeare/Jacobean/Elizabethan etc) and one contemporary (approximately 1960-onwards). Each should last around 90 seconds. We don’t have a list to choose from so what you perform is entirely up to you. You will have also take part in a practical workshop, have a tour of the campus and a chance to speak to students and staff.
Audition fee cost - £25*
*We don’t charge an audition fee if:
You audition as part of a progression agreement.
- Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
- You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
- You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
- You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
- You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial / emotional support from parents/family.
- You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
- You are being auditioned overseas.
If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.