Interviews can be an exciting and nerve-racking experience, below you will find more details about what to expect and how to prepare for the day as well as course specific guidance further down.

International applicants
Applicants outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts. See the What happens next? section of the International Apply & Entry Requirements page for further details.

FAQs

What happens on the day?

Applicants are typically invited to a morning or lunchtime interview slot, and the whole process can take up to 3 hours depending on the group size attending interview that day. You can find your interview date and time on UCAS Track.

When you arrive you need to register at reception then a student ambassador will show you through to the café. In the café there is an interview waiting area, we recommend you sit in and around this area so you can easily hear announcements made by the student ambassadors.

There will be a student ambassador looking after each programme which is interviewing that day, if you didn’t meet your ambassador on the way in we recommend you introduce yourself to them in the café.

At the interview start time your student ambassador will group you together and take you to the programme area. In most cases you will go to your programme studios and the programme team will welcome you with a short talk. You will then leave your portfolio for the tutors to look at whilst your student ambassador takes you on a tour of our workshops and facilities.

After the tour you will wait for your personal interview slot which will be with a programme tutor. Remember your interviewer is genuinely interested in what you have to say and wants you to feel comfortable and be yourself. Once you have had your personal interview your interview is over and you are free to leave.

Friends & Family

Friends and family are welcome to wait for you in the café whilst you have your interview or alternatively Leeds city centre is just a ten minute walk away. Bear in mind the interview can take up to 3 hours. Free WIFI is available in the café.

How to prepare for interview

You need to confirm that you will be attending the interview, you do this by replying to your invite through UCAS Track prior to the interview date. If you don’t reply we will assume that you will not be attending the interview and your application to the University will be withdrawn.

It is essential that you dedicate some time to compiling your portfolio. We have put together some specific information about what sort of work the tutor is hoping to see in your portfolio, and some general guidance about how to put together a great portfolio.

View our programme specific portfolio guidance here.

It’s not uncommon to get nervous before an interview, be reassured that the art University is a friendly and welcoming place. If you haven’t visited us before you can get a sense of what we’re like by watching the programme videos on our website.

If nerves do get the better of you and your interview doesn’t go as planned don’t worry. Our tutors are trained to spot talent and potential, if you’ve got what it takes to do well on their programme they’ll be able to see it. 

How to get here

Interviews for all undergraduate programmes take place in our Blenheim Walk building which is opposite the Parkinson Tower of the University of Leeds.

If you are arriving by car be aware there isn’t any car parking available at University. The closest car park is Woodhouse Lane Multi-storey (LS2 8BN) which is a few minute walks away.

Leeds rail and coach stations are a 20 minute walk from Blenheim Walk, and you can easily catch a bus up to Blenheim Walk. Visit our Find Us page for more details. 

Can’t make the date?

Your interview is arranged by our admissions team, if you can’t make the date you are allocated please let us know, if possible we will try to rearrange it though we cannot guarantee that a rescheduled date/time will be available due to the large number of interviews undertaken by the University.

Contact our admissions team

admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk 

0113 202 8039 

Interview Outcome

Leeds Arts University expects to communicate all offers/decisions to applicants applying by the 15th January deadline by the end of March via UCAS Track.

In all cases the admissions decisions will be made by reference to the published entry requirements available on the UCAS course information pages for Leeds Arts University together with the selection criteria as detailed in our programme specific guidance on our website.

Course Specific Guides

BA (Hons) Animation

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the programme team who will take you to the studio where you will leave your portfolio.

You will be shown around the department and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then be given a brief exercise (it is not a test) that you can do in the library or café.

Whilst you have been doing this the programme staff will have been looking at your work. You will be interviewed by one member of the programme team. Since we book in several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of drawing, image making and visual skills to inform the development work.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

The ability to generate, explore and develop a range of creative ideas involving sequential thinking, moving image and time-based media.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

Skills and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques appropriate to animation, character development and/or sequential imagery.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

An awareness of the concerns, trends, and contexts of contemporary animation and visual culture.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

An active interest in the subject and ambition to succeed.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Creative Advertising

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team and shown around the University.

This course is slightly different from other specialist areas in art and design. Whilst we will look at your portfolio, it is far more important how you articulate your ideas, interests and commitment to the advertising industry.

You will then have up to 15 minutes individual interview with the course leader.

If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time. 

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

The ability to communicate effectively.

  • Interview

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to briefs.

  • Samples of work (where appropriate)*

Skill and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques.

  • Samples of work (where appropriate)*

A good understanding and use of visual and verbal language.

  • Samples of work (where appropriate)*
  • Interview

A commitment to the subject area and ambition to succeed in the industry.

  • Personal statement
  • Interview

*We are aware that some students will be from a more literary background and may not have the traditional portfolio (book).

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio where you will be asked to lay out your work.

You will be given a brief written exercise (it is not a test) that you can do whilst you are waiting for your interview.

Whilst you have been doing this the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will then have a 15 minute personal interview with two members of staff. Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours.

If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to briefs.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Photos of examples of practical work

To be able to engage with experimentation in the use of a variety of media and materials.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Photos of examples of practical work

Enthusiasm for studying at a specialist art and design University.

  • Personal statement
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Fashion Photography

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

You and the rest of this group will be given an overview of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then have a personal interview with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to two and a half hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Skill and inventiveness in the use of lens based media.

  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to briefs.

  • Samples of work

Evidence of research skills, with an awareness of the work of current practitioners in lens based media.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview
  • Personal statement

Ability to communicate ideas and interests effectively.

  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Written work

BA (Hons) Fine Art

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio where you will be asked to lay out your work. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

You and the rest of the group will be given an illustrated talk about our Fine Art Programme. There will be opportunities to ask questions. You will be shown around the department and some of the facilities used by the Fine Art students.

During this time the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will then be invited to attend a 15 minute individual interview with two members of staff.

You should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of drawing and visual research skills.

  • Portfolio of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas.

  • Portfolio of work
  • Interview

Skill and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques.

  • Portfolio of work

A good understanding and use of visual language.

  • Portfolio of work
  • Interview

A dedication to the subject area and ambition to succeed.

  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work
  • Evidence of exhibitions
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio where you will leave your portfolio.

You will be shown around the department and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then be given a brief exercise (it is not a test) that you can do in the library or café.

Whilst you have been doing this the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will be interviewed by one member of the course team with your work. Since we book in several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours.

If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

You can also keep up to date with the course by following us on Twitter: @LCABAGD

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of image making, type and visual research skills to inform design development work.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Design sheets
  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to design briefs.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Design sheets
  • Samples of work

Skill and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques appropriate to graphic design.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Design sheets
  • Samples of work

An awareness of the concerns, trends, and contexts of contemporary graphic design practice.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Design sheets
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

An active interest in the subject and ambition to succeed.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Design sheets
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Illustration

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the programme team who will take you to the studio where you will leave your portfolio.

You will be shown around the department and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then be given a brief exercise (it is not a test) that you can do in the library or café.

Whilst you have been doing this the programme staff will have been looking at your work. You will be interviewed by one member of the programme team.

Since we book in several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is evidenced from one or more of the following:

Good use of drawing, image making and visual skills to inform the development work.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

The ability to generate, explore and develop a range of creative ideas in response to set problems and visual research.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

Skills and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques appropriate to Illustration.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Development sheets
  • Samples of work

An awareness of the concerns, trends, and contexts of contemporary illustration and visual culture.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

An active interest in the subject and ambition to succeed.

  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Samples of work
  • Personal statement
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Photography

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the studio. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

You and the rest of this group will be given an overview of the course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then have a 15 minute personal interview with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to two and a half hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Skill and inventiveness in the use of lens based media.

  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas in response to briefs.

  • Samples of work

Evidence of research skills, with an awareness of the work of current practitioners in lens based media.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview
  • Personal statement

Ability to communicate ideas and interests effectively.

  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Written work

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BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the textile studio, where you will be asked to leave your portfolio for staff to view.

You will be shown around the department and introduced to the course, with the opportunity to ask questions. Whilst you have been doing this, the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will then have a 15-minute personal interview with two members of staff with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half-day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of drawing and colour.

  • Samples of work

The ability to generate and develop a range of creative ideas for design development.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

An open minded approach to experimentation and innovation in the use of materials and media.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

A passion for the subject both historical and contemporary and ambition to succeed.

  • Personal statement
  • Samples of work
  • Interview

BA (Hons) Visual Communication

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a student from the course who will take you to the studio where you will be asked to lay out your work.

You will be shown around the department and have the opportunity to ask questions. We will explain the interview process and give you a copy of our year book. You will then be given a brief written exercise (it is not a test) that you can do in our studio. Whilst you have been doing this the course staff will have been looking at your work. You will then have a 15 minute personal interview with two members of staff and one of our current students with your work.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to three hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.

Criteria

This is identified from one or more of the following:

Good use of visual and technical skills

 • Samples of work

Demonstrate the ability to generate and develop a range of strong ideas

 • Samples of work

Skill and inventiveness in the use of a variety of media and techniques

 • Samples of work

A good understanding and use of visual and verbal language

 • Samples of work

 • Interview

An interest in working on real projects which engage with contemporary issues

 • Samples of work

 • And/or interview

Enthusiasm for studying at a specialist Art & Design University

 • Interview