Digital Animation portfolio interviews

We begin interviewing each year in late January. If you have been selected for an interview, you will be informed nearer this date.

We stagger interviews from January through to the end of April in order to give applicants a chance to get a good portfolio together. All offers are based on an interview and seeing your portfolio of artwork which you bring with you. You may apply to any of the four degree pathways and we will advise you which one is most suitable in the interview if we feel the one you chose is not relevant to your skillset and future aspirations (don’t apply to more than one of our degrees – use your choices wisely elsewhere!)

Who gets through to interview

Our ideal applicant will have A-levels (Art and Design is the most important, but other A-levels like Maths, Physics, Photography, History, English or Media studies for example are useful) or an Art and Design Foundation diploma (one year course) or a BTEC in subjects such as: Art & Design, Games Art, Games Art and Animation, Animation, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills (NextGen) or UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production for example. We consider each applicant individually.

If you do not already have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade C / 4 or higher) we strongly recommend either gaining them before starting the course (if you are offered a place) or taking the alternative Key Skills equivalent qualifications to ensure that you are able to cope with the amount of writing and number use in the degree.

The interview day

At the interview you’ll get a short tour of our animation facilities. This is followed by a talk about the programme. You are very welcome to bring significant others, mum and dad for the tour and talk – animation is for all ages after all! During the talk we explain about the four different degrees we offer and the kind of subject matter they cover. Afterwards we interview each applicant individually.

An interview takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is an informal friendly affair. We’ll look through your art portfolio with you, ask questions about it, we’ll also ask you about why you want to study with us, how you came to hear of us, what job you are looking to get when you graduate, who you want to work for etc.

We’ll probably ask a lot of other questions as well; we want to find out about you to make sure that you are right for the course and the course is right for you. The interviews are diagnostic so we try to give impartial advice and see which pathway is the best for your animation ambitions, and probably throw in some general career advice as well.

The interview is also your chance to ask us questions, so please come with some queries that we can hopefully answer for you.

You don’t have to wear a suit, just wear what you feel comfortable in.

You must have an extensive Art Portfolio for interview – without this we cannot make a decision. Find out about what to include in your portfolio.

If you have queries about the application process, please contact Martin Bowman, Joint Programme Leader of Digital Animation, at m.p.bowman@herts.ac.uk.