Interview Process - BA Theatre Practice courses

If you are selected for an interview for a place on one of the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice courses (Costume ConstructionDesign for the StagePerformance ArtsProduction LightingProp MakingPuppetryScenic ArtScenic ConstructionStage ManagementTechnical and Production ManagementTheatre Lighting Design, and Theatre Sound), we will require you to bring the following:

  • the project detailed below
  • a folder or portfolio containing examples of your work
  • a passport-sized photograph of yourself
  • written evidence of GCSE/GCE, and other examination results, which you are submitting as qualifications.

The interview day is structured in three parts. The morning begins with an introduction to the course. This will include an outline of the structure of the degree, what you can expect to do whilst you are on the course, and the career opportunities open to you once you have gained your degree. You will then take part in a group exercise based around the first part of the interview project that you will have prepared.

After the break you will be shown around the School by current students who will be able to answer any questions you may have. During this time, members of the Course Team will take the opportunity to look through the work in your portfolio in detail.

In the afternoon you will be able to ask members of the Course Team questions about the course. Individual tutors may also ask to discuss with you your application, work and interests, as well as your response to the second part of the project (which you will have handed in earlier with your portfolio). This will be based on the strength of the work they have seen in your portfolio.

During your interview we will be looking for your potential in the following areas:

  • a genuine interest in, and enquiring approach to, the live performing arts
  • the ability to evaluate your previous work and to demonstrate how this relates to your contribution to the creation of performance
  • an aptitude for and understanding of your chosen field of interest
  • the potential to develop as a practitioner (creatively, personally and/or intellectually) and to develop academically within the context of your chosen course
  • a willingness and ability to communicate ideas and to work effectively within a group
  • the ability to manage your own work as an individual.

Interview Project

Please complete the following project before you come for your interview.

Part 1 - Storytelling Trhough Imagery and Object

Using a variety of sources, find three contrasting images that you find interesting and that have a powerful effect on you. These may affect you emotionally, make you angry, make you cry, or laugh. The images should NOT be linked.

Within the time you have available, find out as much as you can about the circumstances or context of each image. This might be political or social, or concern the person who created the image.

Consider what makes your chosen images powerful or effective. Consider the composition, colour, context, the light, subject and objects in the image. Think about what sounds there might be. Think about what has been included and what has been cropped, or left to the imagination.

To add to your images, choose one other item. This could be a physical object, a sound clip (please bring a devise for it to be played on), a (very) short piece of text, a piece of fabric, a (small) lighting fixture, a puppet or any other item that interests you. Think about what stories (remembered or imagined) are associated with this object. The item could relate to your work in theatre, the strand you are interested in, or just hold a particular interest for you as a person.

Each of your images must be able to be displayed separately, that is they should NOT be mounted together in a book or on one large piece of paper. Your additional item should be easily carried and ideally not fragile.

At your interview you will be asked to briefly share your ideas in groups of four to five and collaborate together to make a small installation.

Please bring your three pictures and one item with you to your interview, as these will form the basis for a group exercise.

Part 2 - Live Events

In no more than 500 words we would like you to write about any live production or event that you have seen recently. This could be a theatre production or other visual performance, an art exhibition or installation, a concert or interactive museum exhibit. Let your choice be something that has excited you, angered you, even bored you, or made you think about something in more depth. School or college projects or productions, or anything else in which you may have been personally involved, do NOT count. These are some prompts you may want to consider:

  • which aspects of the event/production made the greatest impression on you, and why?
  • were there any parts of the event/production you felt didn't work as well as others? Why?
  • in terms of your chosen course which aspects did you find most inspiring, and why?
  • do you know of any other work by the same practitioners (whether author, company, director, designer etc.), or any work in a similar style? If so, how does it compare?

Please bring a copy of this account with you for us to keep.

Portfolio Guidelines

A portfolio is a visual demonstration of your work so far whether from school or college, your hobby or workplace. This should not contain everything you have ever done, but should be a concise selection of relevant projects. You may, however, wish to also include a full list of your projects for reference in discussion. A portfolio, dependent on your course, may include:

  • photographs, drawings, sketch books, etc. which illustrate your visual awareness, practical ability and 3-dimensional capability
  • production notes and photographs of productions that you have been involved in, or reviews of productions that have excited you
  • paintings, examples of sewing, use of textiles, small artefacts or models, puppets, technical and/or working drawings
  • props lists, setting lists, prompt copies, cue sheets, schedules or any other paperwork that you have produced, or have been given, that has helped you to organise your tasks
  • images of workshops or productions you have been involved in.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate large objects such as model boxes.

All applicants will be advised of the result of their interview via UCAS at a later date, which may be several weeks after the interview.

Distance Interviews

If you live abroad and are unable to attend an interview in person you may, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, be offered the opportunity of a distance interview. If you are selected for interview in this manner you will be contacted (normally by email) in order to arrange a suitable time for an interview. This will be conducted on Skype, telephone or by ‘live’ email exchange and will normally be based upon material you will have been asked to submit in advance. The interview will be conducted by the Admissions Tutor in liaison with a colleague who will have sight of your submitted materials.

International Interviews

Central hosts international interviews for many of its undergraduate courses. In the past interviews have taken place in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santiago and Sydney.