Arts, Law and Social Sciences Interview Information

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Below you will find information for the Cambridge School of Art. For interview information on other departments in Arts, Law and Social Sciences, please contact us.

Cambridge School of Art

You’ve been invited for an interview (with portfolio) at the Cambridge School of Art. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your work at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus.

How will the interview process work?

The interview will be conducted by one of our lecturers and will last about 20-25 minutes. You’ll discuss your educational background and future goals as well as your portfolio. It will also give you a chance to ask your own questions about the course. By the end we should be able to tell if this is the right course for you.

What do we look for in the portfolio?

Generally a portfolio should include 15-20 pieces of work that show your skills in your chosen artistic domain. Make sure you include the work you most enjoyed making, as this will help us know if you will enjoy working with us.

You can find specific portfolio information for each course under the Entry Requirements on each of our course pages.

NB Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course requires a significantly different portfolio. Please check the course page for more details.

At Cambridge School of Art we see drawing skills as particularly useful and want to see any drawings from life, even if you have not taken drawing classes. Drawing is the basis for the development of ideas so even if you mainly work in other media please include your original sketches to show us how your ideas evolve. We want you to show the progress from initial ideas to final pieces, how you engage with your subject matter and what inspired you to create your work.

While we expect to see some examples of your finished projects, we’re also very keen to see your working/thought processes, so please bring along sketchbooks that will illustrate this. You should also be able to show us an awareness of artists and designers whose work has influenced yours. This might include people from other areas than your own.

How should digital work be presented?

If your portfolio includes digital works, you should provide these as pdf or Powerpoint files, and any films as MP4s, saved on USB memory sticks or external hard drives. Your web and interactive work must run automatically in a browser or be available on a live domain/website. If your digital work does not open or run, then we cannot take it into account during the interview process. If it is an essential part of your portfolio you may be asked to provide alternative work through the post by a specified date.

How to deliver your portfolio if you are applying from outside the UK

If you are applying from outside the UK and we are not able to interview you in person, you may deliver your portfolio digitally as a website portfolio or PDF document. We can’t accept USB drives or CDs/DVDs in the post. All websites and file transfer services are acceptable but, in case you need suggestions, some of the more popular ones are listed below*. If your portfolio is a PDF please include your name and the course you want to study in the file name and on the PDF.

For any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the admissions process please contact your admissions officer. We look forward to receiving your portfolio.

* Previously used websites for transferring online portfolios; Behance, Flickr, Deviantart, Carbonmade, Indexedit, Wordpress, Blogger, Blogspot, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Crevado

Anglia Ruskin University also has some general interview tips that includes a video guide. Visit our 'How to be Successful at Interview' page for more information.