Your interview

We believe your interview should be a two-way conversation. It’s as much about you interviewing us as it is us interviewing you.

We want you to be asking us questions about the course, making sure you fully understand what we do and who we are. We’ll talk to you about the course, outlining the structure and delivery.

We’ll then ask you to do a drawing exercise. This isn’t a “make or break” part of the interview, it’s designed to help you settle in while we review your UCAS forms and start the one-on-one interview process. It also gives us an indication of your approach to drawing.

Interviews tend to last about 20 minutes.

Your portfolio

Above all, we want to see what you’re capable of and how important VFX is to you as a career. When looking through your portfolio, we’ll be looking for evidence of the following – but please don’t feel you have to tick all of the boxes:

  • Photography – either raw or processed, showing both “before and after” shots. We don’t mind what the subject is, as long as it’s of interest to you. Your images can be taken with an iPhone, compact photography or DSLR.
  • Film work – if you’ve made a short film or shot a sequence, we want to see it.
  • VFX work – we want to see how you work with multiple layers of information to create something believable and emotive. You could use Adobe After Effects, NUKE or another tool that shows thought process for image compositing.
  • Software skills – you might have experience with Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, or editing software but a basic knowledge of computers and software is all we really we need to see. You could include screenshots or fully produced images or sequences in your portfolio.
  • Drawings and/or painting – we want to see your engagement with traditional skills in drawing and painting. This could be life drawing, observational drawing, storyboarding, abstract painting, still life or character drawings. It doesn’t matter how rough, we want to see what interests you and how inquisitive you are about the world around you.
  • Sketchbooks – your books can include photos, drawings, collages, rubbings, a homage to your pet goldfish or just your musings on life: just make sure they represent you. Don’t edit your sketchbooks, put in what you want to and we don’t mind what format your sketchbook takes.
  • Design work – our course deliberately includes design in its title. We want to know that you can design something, whether it’s product design, architecture, modelmaking or character concept work. We want to see how you take an idea from the classic “back of a napkin” to a design plan, ready to be executed.
  • A hunger for VFX – you can show us your hunger for VFX in your UCAS personal statement and during your interview. Tell us why VFX is your driving passion and why you want to do this as a career. Be keen and well-informed.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do be prepared; have a portfolio that is focused on VFX and includes roughly twenty minutes worth of content
  • Do be punctual and plan your journey so you aren’t late
  • Do come with lots of questions about the course and us
  • Don’t put any work into your folio that you are not happy with – unless it’s part of a design development process
  • Don’t be late or unsure about what you are applying for

You can download our portfolio guidelines for BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production to help you prepare.