Interview and portfolio advice with BA (Hons) Fine Art

This page contains all of the information undergraduate applicants require prior to the submission of your audition 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 artsportfolio@plymouth.ac.uk.

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

Make the most of the opportunity to excel in your portfolio – you could be eligible for an unconditional offer.

We want to acknowledge your potential (as evidenced by your performance), as well as your commitment to us as an applicant. An unconditional offer allows you to focus on your upcoming examinations and begin planning for your university career.

For more information please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Informal interview guide

We want you to enjoy your interview experience with us. Our informal interviews are an opportunity for you to show case your portfolio, for us to learn more about you, and for you to gain further insight into our fine art programmes.

Interview pre-work:

Reviewing your portfolio and learning more about your practice will form the major part of you informal interview. Please use the digital portfolio guidance section of this page to put together a digital portfolio ahead of your interview. 

We would prefer that you submit your portfolio before you book onto an interview session with us, so our tutors can have access to it should there be any technical issues with Zoom. 

If you have any pieces of work that you would like to share in your portfolio review, but they are unfinished at the time of creating your portfolio, please do not worry. Our tutors are happy for you to showcase any amendments or additions on the day by using the Zoom screen share function.

Interview preparation:

We want to use the interview as an opportunity to learn more about you, so we recommend you come prepared to discuss your portfolio, projects, motivations and interests in both a general and fine art context.

Your online interview:

Interviews will take place using Zoom. You can access Zoom via your web browser, however if you would prefer to install the programme ahead of your interview, you can do so by visiting the Zoom website.

If you have not used Zoom before, please visit their Help Centre FAQs to familiarise yourself with the software.

You will receive a Zoom meeting invitation from our Interviews Team, where possible at least 24 hours ahead of your interview.

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes, with 20 minutes scheduled for your portfolio review, and 10 minutes for any questions you might have for our tutor. These are one-on-one interviews with a Fine Art tutor.

BA (Hons) Fine Art with Art History:
Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes, with 10 minutes scheduled for your portfolio review with a Fine Art tutor, 10 minutes scheduled for an essay review with an Art History tutor, and 10 minutes for any questions you might have for our tutors.

Additional information:

A majority of our interview sessions for our Fine Art courses are scheduled to take place after our Offer Holder Day virtual events. To make the most out of your day we recommend also registering for our Offer Holder Day talk.

Please see our Offer Holder Day page to learn more or make a booking.

FAQs:

How do I book my interview?

Upon successful submission of your application, you will be sent an email with a unique link to our online booking system. You can use our online system to select an interview date that best suits your availability.

If you have not received this email, please be sure to check your junk or clutter folders.

What if I need to reschedule my interview after I have booked onto one?

You can change, move or reschedule your interview at any stage using the online booking system.

If you are unable to attend any of the dates shown, then please contact our Course Enquiries and Interviews Team by emailing interviewtostudy@plymouth.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1752 585858.

Fine art digital portfolio guide

Your digital portfolio should be a well-presented collection of work that contains something that shows you are unique, creative and imaginative. 

It can be in the form of a PowerPoint, a PDF file, or a link to an online portfolio, such as a website or blog.

The portfolio should contain no more than 30 images in total and should include a piece of written work. You don't need to include all of the work you have carried out on your previous course, just a good representative collection, ideally from the past year or two, that will show us your potential.

So, as a basic guide in putting together your digital portfolio, we would like to see three to six good quality images of key artworks (as an outcome of an art project or assignment) which you consider to be in a completed state. We would like to see some images of the development of these artworks so we can see how you have gone from point A (the start of your project or assignment) to point B (the finished work).

We would like to see your most recent work at the beginning of your digital portfolio and for it to take us chronologically back in time from there. 

Your digital portfolio can include images of a:

  • finished painting(s)
  • finished sculpture(s)
  • series of digital photographic artworks
  • object(s) you have created
  • installation or site-based work
  • images of prints
  • link to a sound work
  • link to a film or video work
  • link to video documentation to an art performance or action
  • other creative practice relevant to your application.

Images of artworks’ development can include:

  • sketches, notes or plans for sculptures
  • designs for objects you have made or are making
  • sketches and paint/colour tests for paintings
  • development for photographic based projects, contact sheets, Photoshop tests etc.
  • sketches and documentation images for printmaking projects
  • links to film/video work tests
  • links to sound work in progress
If you have had the opportunity to carry out life drawing, please include a maximum of six images.

It is important to give a context to your work in order to explain it. We would like you to add written explanation next to, or below the images, effectively talking us through your work, telling us how well you feel an idea or process has worked and what you have learnt from it. We would like you to add any references you have made in relation to your projects, such as artist work, writings on art that have helped inform the development of your artworks.

We would also like to see one example of your writing included in your digital portfolio that shows your research skills and ability to communicate and reflect. This can be an essay or a review you have written on a subject relating to art (on an exhibition, an artist, group of artists or an art movement etc.), or if you haven’t had the opportunity to carry this out on your present art course, it could be on another subject that you have studied in the past year or so.