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.
- 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?
- 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?