Prepping for university interviews

Prepping for university interviews

Prepping for university interviews

As part of the application process for a VFX course, you will need to show a portfolio of your work and have an interview.   To help you prep for both, we’ve put together some tips….

Your interview:

  • Interview processes will differ from university to university - have a look at their website to see if they offer any guidance on what they’re expecting from you and what they want to see of your work
  • Sometimes the interview may be with more than one person   
  • It is likely they will want you to submit a portfolio of your work
  • Be ready to talk through each piece of your work and explain your processes
  • Your interview should be a two-way conversation
  • Think about the questions you can ask about the college/university, the course and the students so that you fully understand who they are, what they do and what the students went on to do
  • Think about what inspires you or what inspired you to do your course
  • It may be helpful to think about your favourite films, commercials, directors, photographers, animators, content, images, photos, art etc etc that you like and why
  • Be prepared to talk about them
  • Your passion for your chosen area should come across in the interview
  • Here’s some questions they may ask you:

  • Why do you want to study SUBJECT?
  • Why this UNIVERSITY?
  • Are you as passionate about the subject as they are?  
  • What do you want to get from your course?
  • Who teaches the course?
  • Who did you meet at the open day?
  • Are you excited by any specific individuals and why?
  • What are their graduates doing?
  • Do you think they have a good reputation with industry?  If so, why?

  • What they’ll be looking for:

  • That you show all the skills and future aptitude needed for the course
  • That you show a commitment to improving your skills in your chosen area
  • That you are excited and interested in your chosen area
  • That you have a positive and collaborative attitude - this is just as important as the quality of your portfolio of work

Your portfolio of work:

Below are some tips to help you if you are putting together a portfolio of work.  Have a look at the college/university website to see if they have any specific requirements.   

This site also has some more:

  • Where you can, include examples of visual work across a variety of mediums; your portfolio should illustrate your working processes
  • Provide examples of photography, image composition, design and concept work; a sample of your best work highlighting your main area of interest and skill would be good
  • Show evidence of your use of any relevant software
  • Put together a showreel of your work - no longer than 3 minutes
  • Only put your best work in you portfolio and on your showreel - quality is better than quantity
  • How you present your work is as important as the work you present - it is a reflection of you and your style
  • Design some simple slates to introduce each piece stating the name of the project and what you did on it
  • Keep the presentation of your work clean and clear - they will want to see what you did and how you achieved it
  • It doesn’t need to be edited to music
  • Ensure there is a consistency to your presentation - if you are adding headings, create a look and carry it through
  • Take a look at examples of websites, brochures and books etc.   They may be flexible with colours within a palette but they will have a consistency of style
  • This blog gives tips on some key graphic design rules
  • Ask a tutor or a professional to critique your portfolio/showreel - get honest and constructive feedback and once you’ve acted on it, go back for more
  • Create/regularly update a LinkedIn profile
  • Create/regularly update a Vimeo account
  • Create/regularly update an Instagram account