Portfolio interview

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Your interview

Once we have received your application, you may be invited for an interview.

At the University of Hertfordshire, we believe that an interview provides you with the best opportunity to enhance your UCAS application. An interview allows us to fully assess your creative potential and overall suitability for a course, and also gives you a chance to talk to our teaching staff and ensure our course is the right one for you.

We are looking for potential and want to see your personal style and creativity, so we're more interested in seeing the process of your working as opposed to the finished article.

Interviews are an opportunity for you to fill in the gaps: to explain, to illustrate, to demonstrate, to highlight strengths and present your application holistically. We are genuinely interested in you and your work, so use it as a chance to showcase your passion.

A good interview matters…

Try to communicate your overall commitment and enthusiasm for your chosen subject area. What you say and how you say it can make a real difference. A positive dialogue can really influence the decision of the interviewer.

We will be looking for evidence of:

  • Creativity
  • Intellectual ability
  • Enthusiasm, self-motivation and dedication
  • The ability to learn independently
  • An interest in the wider horizons of contemporary art and design and media
  • Awareness of, and interest in, your chosen pathway practices
  • Your verbal and written communication skills

Portfolio advice

If you're wondering what sort of work you should put in your portfolio, check out our handy collection of portfolio advice from our teaching staff.

Good luck!

School of Creative Arts
University of Hertfordshire