Interview Process - BA Contemporary Performance Practices | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Interview Process -BA Contemporary Performance Practices

INTERVIEW PROCESS – BA CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE PRACTICE COURSES

If you are selected for an interview for a place on the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, Performance Arts or Writing for Performance courses, we will email you an invitation to attend.

The interview will consist of:

  • a presentation outlining the structure of the programme and what you can expect to do on, and after, the degree should you gain a place on one of the courses;
  • a practical session or playwriting workshop;
  • an interview – which may be in a group or as an individual;
  • a tour of the School, led by students who will be able to answer questions about life at Central and their experiences of the degree programme.

All applicants should bring with them the following:

A small object to use in the practical session/workshop. This should be something meaningful to you: anything at all, as long as it is small enough to fit in your pocket, and not valuable.

In addition, we also ask you to note the following course-specific requirements. You only need to prepare/bring whichever is listed against the course you have applied for:

DRAMA, APPLIED THEATRE AND EDUCATION (W490)

The practical session is not an audition and you do not need to prepare anything for this specific part of the day.  It is a chance for us to see you working creatively.  Expect to be physically active in this session, but do let us know if you have a disability that may affect your involvement by contacting our Disability and Dyslexia Support unit (). In your interview you will be asked to discuss the following question: “In what ways can theatre and performance be used as a social or educative tool?”  Have a think about this, and consider what you might offer to a conversation around this.

Also please bring a sample of your academic writing completed within the last two years.  This must be no larger than A4 size and around two pages long; where possible this should be assessed work with the assessor's comments made on the page.  Choose work that covers a relevant topic, if you can, such as an essay about a play-text or a review you have written of a live theatre production.  If you have not been in full- or part-time education for the last two years, and so do not have this, you may be asked to spend half an hour writing while you are here.

WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE (W470)

Please bring a sample of academic writing completed within the last two years.  This must be no larger than A4 size and around two pages long; where possible this should be assessed work with the assessor's comments made on the page.  Choose work that covers a relevant topic, if you can, such as an essay about a play-text or a review you have written of a live theatre production.  If you have not been in full- or part-time education for the last two years, and so do not have this, you may be asked to spend half an hour writing while you are here.

Please also bring with you an example of creative writing – if possible some dramatic or performance writing.  This can be of any length, though we will only look at a short portion of anything that is longer than a couple of pages. In your interview you will be asked to discuss the following question: “How can writing a play change the world?”  Have a think about this, and consider what you might offer to a conversation around this.

PERFORMANCE ARTS (W440)

A review of live performance — this should be an example of critical writing completed within the last few months. It must be no longer than one sheet of A4 and it should feature your analysis and evaluation of a live performance you attended as an audience member. You might like to choose work that covers a relevant topic, is made by a particular artist/company you admire or takes place in an unconventional venue.

A portfolio documenting your creative practice — this should be a carefully selected set of examples of your creative practice that we would base your interview on. It can take any form, ranging from a paper portfolio (featuring text, drawings and photographs), a digital or PowerPoint presentation, a series of artefacts, or any combination of these. The idea is to give us a succinct but broad-ranging overview of your practice as a whole as well as some relevant detail where necessary.

Additional information for all applicants:

We make every attempt to conduct your interview sensitively and thoroughly, and endeavour to give you every chance to support your application.  Consequently, you do not have to worry if you have not formally studied your preferred specialist area before now.  However, students will get more from the course if they can demonstrate an existing engagement (practically or intellectually) with their chosen subject area.

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.

UK REGIONAL INTERVIEWS 

Central hosts interviews in Bristol, Leicester, Manchester and Newcastle for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance 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) Contemporary Performance Practice courses. These will take place on selected dates in New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney. The international interviews will follow the same outline as the London interviews, minus the tour, though you will still have the opportunity to ask questions about finance, accommodation and student life.

Contact

admissions@cssd.ac.uk