How to prepare for your Illustration interview

Essential tips you need to know
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Been invited to an interview for BA Illustration? Read our tips to help you prepare for the interview and get your portfolio looking its best.

 

Beforehand:

  • Research the course and the university by looking at the website if possible also attend an Open Day
  • Ensure your portfolio is in good order and contains relevant and current work (see below for further tips on portfolios)
  • If your artwork is being assessed at school or college, aim to take photographs of this work to bring to the interview as evidence of your current studies
  • Make sure your references on your application form are current and still happy to be contacted

 

Prepare for common questions such as:

  • Why have you chosen Illustration as a subject?
  • Why have you applied for this course at the University of South Wales?
  • What styles of illustration/art/design inspire and influence you?
  • Which aspects of your subject are you most passionate about?
  • What books/magazines/articles have you read recently?
  • What exhibitions/films/events have you recently attended?
  • What context/area of illustration are you most interested in?

 

Portfolios:

  • Prepare and present your work with care and attention - show your work  off at its best
  • Use the right size portfolio for your work - ideally an A2 or A1 folder
  • Aim to demonstrate your skills through a variety of images/work and the projects you are most passionate about
  • Place your work in a suitable order - this will enable you to talk about the work and demonstrate creative thinking and a progression of skills
  • Include the most recent artwork from your studies and personal projects
  • Include sketchbooks/journals/note books to support your portfolio
  • Practice talking through the artwork/projects in your portfolio beforehand

 

On the day the interview panel will look for the following:

  • Creativity: both in you and your work - do you have creative ideas and interesting artwork/projects in your portfolio?
  • Skills: drawing and visualisation skills are very important in Illustration - do you demonstrate these skills in your artwork/projects/portfolio? Do you have additional skills such as using digital software?
  • Communication: both in how you speak and how you present your work - is your portfolio well presented and can you discuss your work clearly?
  • Motivation: your passion and enthusiasm for your work and subject - do you work on creative projects/artwork in addition to your studies?
  • Commitment: are you prepared for the challenge of a degree course - are you willing to work outside your comfort zone?
  • Awareness: your awareness and knowledge of current illustration practice - what illustrators inspire you?