BA (Hons) Directing – audition guidance and preparation

This page contains all of the information undergraduate applicants require prior to the submission of your portfolio material and attendance of an informal interview.

Please note all applicant interviews for 2021 entry will take place through Zoom meetings.

If you have any queries regarding your interview booking, please contact our Course Enquiries and Interviews Team by emailing interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk. 

In addition, our Admissions Team is here to support you and answer any questions you may have regarding your application. Drop us an email at applications@plymouth.ac.uk.

Alternatively make a call to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Department to talk to either team using +44(0)1752 585858.


Your portfolio material:

As standard, all applicants will be asked to provide portfolio or audition material as part of the application process.

Please provide one of the following documents:

  • Directing Portfolio (submitted online)

The first task you can choose to do in addition to your interview is submit a directing portfolio.

If you have been in the directing business a while, you most likely have built up a directing portfolio that includes a directing CV, photographs/videos of your directing work, as well as a directing statement.

Please keep in mind that, if you choose to do this task, you must include a CV, stills or video of your directing work, and a directing statement.

  • Director’s Idea Book (submitted online)

The second task is designed for those who do not have as much directing experience. You can choose to submit a directing ‘Idea Book’ for a certain play of your choosing. This idea book should include your vision for the play and images that inspire the production's design. The book should be in depth – what do you see? How does it look onstage? How do the characters look? Where do you take inspiration from? What does this play say to you? In this book, you should embed your directing statement.

Approximately 7–10 pages (but can be longer if necessary).


Please provide us with a URL link to an online portfolio website or document (GoogleDocs or OneDrive) which hosts your required material. Please submit this link by email to interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk.


Your interview:

Our admissions tutors will review your portfolio material to decide whether your application can progress to the next stage. Should you be successful, you will be invited to an informal interview with our admissions tutor.

Our interviews provide an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to get to know us a little better, as well as providing further insight into Plymouth Conservatoire.

Our BA (Hons) Directing interviews will be conducted by a member of our directing staff, and will last approximately 30 minutes.