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Interview day - School of Arts and Creative Industries

If you are applying for one of the courses below, once you've completed a successful application you'll normally be invited to attend an interview day as part of the application process. During the day there'll also be talks/presentations so you can find out more about the School and your course. And an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the campus and teaching facilities. For information about the interview process, please see below.

Film Practice BA (Hons)

Interview preparation

Please email Dr Patrick Tarrant with links to your work online if you have it. If you don’t have work online, then you may email other documents directly (under 5MB). Please send these before your interview. We are interested in seeing films you have worked on, photographs you may have taken, or any creative writing you have done. We are looking for evidence of your commitment to creative practice and development.

On the day of your interview you will need to set aside 2 to 2.5 hours for the following activities.

Time zero (whatever the starting time for the day is)

  • 15 minutes for registration
  • 30 minutes of presentations
  • 20 minutes where you will be set a storytelling task
  • 30 minutes where you will prepare your written response to this task, with the opportunity to discuss your ideas with another applicant (bring pen and paper and a book or clipboard to lean on).

Time zero plus 95 minutes

Half of the group will then begin a 30 minute tour of our brand new media facility, Elephant Studios, while the other half will be taken into interview rooms for a five minute, one-to-one interview with a member of the Film Practice teaching team.

We will listen to your thoughts about studying film practice, the particular skills you think you might bring, and your ambitions for work beyond graduation. During your one-to-one interview you will hand your interviewer your written response to the storytelling task (write neatly!). We are interested in your ideas about the story, not the written expression itself.

Once the first half of the group have done their interviews (30 minutes) they will go on the tour, while the other half will begin the interview process. Those in the interview phase should not have to wait more than 25 minutes for their interview.

Time zero plus 125 minutes

At the end of this process we will provide you with an optional 30 minute tour of the campus, or a question and answer session with staff.

Total time

155 minutes with Campus tour or Q&A.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions email Patrick Tarrant.

We very much look forward to meeting you, showing you our state-of-the-art facilities, and hearing your ambitions for studying Film Practice and seeking employment in the creative industries.

Journalism BA (Hons)

Applicants will invited by email to attend a four hour workshop and interview session. You'll be welcomed to the newsroom in the LSBU Media Studios and given the opportunity to have a go with some of the cameras, mics and general kit that our journalism students use on a daily basis. You'll take pictures, get to grips with Instagram and take part in live streaming with current students. After the workshop session you'll have an individual interview with one of our lecturers.

Interview preparation

Interviews are your chance to shine. We are looking for candidates who are able to communicate clearly, who have good general knowledge and an interest in current affairs. So, be prepared to talk about the week's news.

You should be comfortable talking through the content that you've produced or engaged in - maintaining a blog, making videos, recording audio, listening to radio, reading newspapers, and watching TV. You'll need to demonstrate an interest in learning and your desire to tell a story. Be prepared for us to ask you some questions about yourself: your likes, your dislikes - we want to get to know you!

Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

Photography BA (Hons)

Prior to your interview, please email a link to a portfolio of your work to Adam Brown at browna46@lsbu.ac.uk.

Your email title should be laid out as: 'Applicant Portfolio, your name, your UCAS number', and must be sent no later than 7 days before your interview date.

The portfolio should be either:

  • A Flickr portfolio of 20 photographs, showing work from photographic projects that you have done, or
  • A website of your work

We are interested in seeing work you have created that shows your ability to work in a creative and sustained manner on photography projects, so avoid submitting random collections of photographs, and try to edit your portfolio to showcase your strongest work, and show the areas of photography you are most interested in.

The interview day will take place at LSBU over 3 hours. This will include an introduction to the course, the chance to meet the course team, a tour of the facilities, a small group task and a 10 minute 1-to-1 interview. The main focus of the interview is to meet you and discuss your interest in studying with us. We will have looked at your work online before the interview so you do not need to bring this same work with you - however, if you have a printed portfolio or photo books then please bring them along.

Digital Design BA (Hons)

Applicants will be invited by email to attend a four-hour workshop and interview session at LSBU. You'll be welcomed to Elephant Studios @ London South Bank University and given the opportunity to have a go with some of the kit (5k Apple Macs, drawing tablets, cameras etc.) that our Digital Design students use on a daily basis. You’ll take part in a sample class and workshop after which you’ll have an individual interview with one of our lecturers.

Interview preparation

Our interviews are your chance to let us know who you are and what you are interested in; we are particularly looking for candidates who are able to communicate clearly, who have a serious interest in all things design, graphic and multimedia and a strong interest in self driven projects.

We’d like to see material you have produced inside and outside of education, especially just for fun or self-driven design/graphic or video projects – so do bring a portfolio along!

You'll need to demonstrate an interest in learning and your desire to create interesting and engaging content. Be prepared for us to ask you some questions about yourself: your likes, your dislikes - we want to get to know you!
Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

Sound Design BA/BSc

Applicants will invited by email to attend a two-hour workshop and interview session. You'll be welcomed to the Sound Studio in the LSBU Media Studios and given the opportunity to have a go with mixing, mics and the general kit that our Sound Design students use on a daily basis. You'll meet our current students and be hear examples of their own work. After the workshop session you'll have an individual interview with one of our lecturers.

Interview preparation

Interviews are your chance to impress us, it’s also a chance for you to interview us! We are looking for candidates who are able to communicate clearly, who have good general knowledge and an interest in music and sound. So come along with some examples of your own work either on a portable device on easily accessible online.

Practice presenting your work to your family and friends. Also thin about which musicians or DJs you like the most and why? Be prepared to tell us about a recent gig you went to that had something you feel was exciting and innovative, or a film soundtrack that was particularly impressive. Be prepared for us to ask you some questions about yourself: your likes, your dislikes - we want to get to know you!

Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

Games Design and Development BA/BSc

Applicants will invited by email to attend a four-hour Game Jam and interview session. You'll be welcomed to the Games Studio in the LSBU Media Studios and given the opportunity to have a go with some of the games students have made. You will also be able to try out some of the software and idea-generation techniques Game Designers and Developers use. After the workshop session you'll have an individual interview with one of our lecturers.

Interview preparation

Interviews are your chance to impress and we are looking for creative people who are passionate about games of all kinds, from Video Games to Arcade Games. You may have a particular favourite, but we want to know that you have a wide understanding, from a players perspective of games and gaming. Be prepared to talk about your game play.
You should be comfortable talking through the content that you've produced or engaged in – it might be drawing, making games, or coding. If you’ve been to a recent exhibition on games tell us about it.  Be prepared for us to ask you some questions about yourself: your likes, your dislikes - we want to get to know you!
Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

Visual Effects (VFX) BA

You will invited by email to attend a two-hour workshop and interview session. You'll be welcomed to the LSBU Media Studios and given the opportunity to have a go with some of the software our VFX students use every day. You will also be able to try out some of the cameras we use, which may be Virtual Reality or advanced cameras that work in 3D alongside more conventional image capture. After the workshop session you'll have an individual interview with one of our lecturers.

Interview preparation

Interviews are your chance to tell us about yourself and to impress. VFX is a hugely expanding area of The Creative Industries and we are looking for talented people who are passionate about storytelling, film, photography, television, video and/or the visual image. You will also need to have an interest and ability with computing as so much of the role of a VFX Artist is connected with the operation of specialist VFX software. At the interview, we will ask you to give examples of these kinds of aptitudes and talents. For example you might be asked to give us an example of your attention to detail or a recent film you might have been impressed by. Be prepared to talk about your own enthusiasms and interests in connection with Visual Effects. We will also ask you some questions about yourself: your likes, and your dislikes - we want to get to know you!

Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

Creative Advertising with Marketing BA (Hons)

Applicants will be invited by email to attend a one hour workshop followed by a group seminar session. In the workshop we will explore what it is like to work in an advertising agency and the job roles there, with specific emphasis on creative teams.  We will focus on how agencies work with clients and respond to a client brief.  By the end of the session applicants will have crafted a draft print campaign and have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and gain feedback. As a result, applicants will gain an insight into the range of transferable skills required to work effectively in a creative advertising setting.

After the workshop session students will be grouped together for a seminar to discuss the role of advertising within contemporary culture led by the course director. The seminar will function as an interview and we will be assessing your contribution.

Preparation for the seminar as interview

Interviews are your chance to shine. We are looking for candidates who are able to communicate clearly, who have good general knowledge and an interest in all elements of the media and popular culture. So, be prepared to talk about your interests and which ads are catching your attention at the moment – and why. If you have a production background, media, or photography, for example, then do bring along your portfolio of work.  If this is not part of your studies, do not worry – your ideas and enthusiasm is all that is required.

Applications from students based overseas will be handled via a Skype interview.

 
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