Interview Process - Performance Arts, BA

If you are selected for an interview for a place on the Performance Arts course here at Central we will email you with an invitation for you to select the most appropriate interview location, date and method.

We encourage applicants to attend an interview at our campus in London if possible, as this gives you the best opportunity to see the School and its facilities, and to meet a wider range of staff and students. However, whether your interview is held at Central, at one of our UK regional or international sessions, or takes the form of a ‘distance interview’, we will seek to gain the same degree of information about you and give you the opportunity to gain the same degree of information about us.

We ask you to bring with you a review of a performance you’ve seen recently and a portfolio (or folder) containing examples of your work that you feel demonstrates why you are suitable for the course. Further suggestions about portfolio content are provided below.

    Interview Day Structure

    At the start of your visit, we will introduce the degree, as well as outline its structure and assessments.

    Following this, we will conduct a short group workshop exercise that acts both as an ice-breaker and to give a flavour of how students will be working together on the degree programme. After this, there will be a tour of the campus and individual interviews. The full programme of your visit will last around three hours.

    Individual Interview

    During your individual interview we will discuss the items included in your portfolio. In addition to this, interview questions will include asking you:

    • what excites and interests you about performance arts and why;
    • about a show or performance you have experienced (whether live, streamed or recorded);
    • what it is that attracts you to the course;
    • what experiences you have had that will help you when undertaking the course (please note, such experiences may not always be theatre related).

    Throughout the interview we will be looking for your potential to:

    • be a committed and enquiring practitioner within the creative industries;
    • reflect on and discuss your experiences and views;
    • develop the knowledge and understanding to succeed in your chosen area;
    • develop creatively, personally and intellectually;
    • communicate ideas and collaborate effectively within a group or team;
    • manage your own work and development.

    Portfolio Guidelines

    A portfolio (or folder) is a visual demonstration of some of your best work from school or college, your hobby or work place that you think might be relevant to this course.

    This should not contain everything you have ever done but a focused selection of items. A good portfolio will demonstrate a passion for theatre, performance and visual arts and why you are suitable for the course.

    Examples of portfolio content might include some of the following:

    • photographs, writings, drawings, sketchbooks, artworks and artefacts etc., which illustrate your process, visual awareness and practical ability;
    • documentation such as production notes, photographs of productions and/or production programmes that you have created or been involved in;
    • your reviews of productions or performances that have excited you (whether seen live or via streaming services) or other writing;
    • digital outputs, blogs, websites, videos of your work (presented perhaps on a tablet or laptop);
    • other ‘off-the-wall’ items that you think somehow relate to your specialist interest.

    We welcome images of large objects such as costumes or model boxes; we are unable to accommodate the actual large items on the day. We recommend fewer, strong items (ideally six or seven items in total) rather than overfilling a portfolio.

    Other Information

    If you are an applicant with a disability and feel that you may need support during the interview process, it is important that you contact our Disability and Dyslexia Support unit as early as possible. They can be reached by email.

    Finally, you will be advised of the result of your interview via the UCAS system at a later date, which could be up to several weeks after the interview to allow us time to assess as many candidates as possible.

    Distance Interviews

    This will be conducted via Skype, telephone or by ‘live’ email exchange and will be based upon portfolio 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.

    UK Regional Interviews

    Central hosts interviews in Oldham and Leicester for the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice courses. These will take place in February each year.

    The UK regional interviews will follow the same outline as the London interviews, minus the tour and reception, though you will still have the opportunity to ask questions about finance, accommodation and student life.

    International Interviews

    Central hosts international interviews for the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice courses.

    These will take place on selected dates in Bogotá, New York, San Francisco, Santiago, Singapore and Sydney. The international interviews will follow the same outline as the London interviews, minus the tour and reception, though you will still have the opportunity to ask questions about finance, accommodation and student life.