What do I bring?

The interview is just a chance for us to find out about your interests, and for you to meet our team.  Don’t worry if you do not have an overflowing portfolio.  We understand that you may still be working on final projects at college  or school.   Of course we want to see your work, but most of all we just want to meet you.  Bring anything that you think will help us to understand your interests.

This might include:
Drawings, paintings or photographs
Screen based work: web design, graphics, videos etc.
Music or audio work
Puppets and models

Just choose a few of your favourite things and bring them along.  Even if your dog has eaten all your work, come and meet us – we can always view your work online later!

What happens?

The interview is really a short tour and a chat – it takes a couple of hours.  Here’s a basic outline of what to expect:

  • We interview people in small groups – this takes the pressure off a bit, and is a great chance to meet your potential future colleagues.
  • When you arrive at the University you will come to the Animation Studios where we will say hello, and give you a small questionnaire to keep you busy.
  • You will then be given a guided tour of our wide ranging facilities, so you can see what we have to offer you.
  • The course leader will explain the structure and ethos of the course – this is a great time for you to ask questions too.
  • You will also have a one to one interview with one of the animation lecturers.  This is when you get to show us your work, and tell us why you want to study animation.  Its a an informal chat – just a chance for us to understand your individual skills and needs.

What questions will you ask?

The actual interview is not that formal – there are no set questions really, but here are some typical things that we might discuss.  Just think about them to help you feel prepared:

  • Why do you want to study animation?
  • Can you tell us about your favourite animators / illustrators?
  • What films, books, artists do you like – and why?
  • What subject matter interests you – what do you want to make films about?
  • What type of animation interests you? e.g. digital, 3D, stop-motion, graphics, games, special effects?
  • What do you think your strengths are?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Remember there are no right or wrong answers to these questions – we are all individuals – it just might make you feel more relaxed if you have thought about these things before you come.