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BA (Hons) Visual Arts - W100 / with Foundation Year - W103

Thank you for applying for a place on this course and congratulations on securing an interview. Please read the following instructions carefully and make sure that you allow plenty of time to prepare for your interview.

What will happen at the interview?

You will be asked to present a portfolio of your work and you will get the opportunity to talk to a member of staff about the pieces you have selected. You will also have the chance to talk about your interests and ambitions. Typical questions might include:

  • Why do you want to study this subject?
  • Tell me about your favourite piece of work in your portfolio?
  • Which artists are you interested in and why?

Preparing your portfolio

Your portfolio is likely to be made up of the work you have undertaken on your current or most recent course. This normally includes sketchbooks, notebooks, research, development work and final pieces. You may also include work done in your own time if you feel it is relevant.

Your portfolio should demonstrate that you:

  • Are enthusiastic about your subject
  • Have strong visual communication skills
  • Can solve problems and develop ideas
  • Have experience of working with a range of media and materials
  • Have an awareness of the work of contemporary artists

It can include drawing, painting, photography, computer-generated work, objects and artefacts. It is therefore worth spending some time preparing your portfolio, and perhaps asking your current teacher or lecturer for assistance.

Don’t worry about having a lot of finished work; your interviewer will usually be more interested in your ideas and development work. Above all, your portfolio should show a good level of commitment to your studies and evidence of your skills. The work you present should be organised, clean and well-presented.

If you have applied for more than one course, please make this clear at the interview as one interview usually covers all courses within the School of Arts & Media.

How to find us

On arrival, please report to reception at the New Adelphi building, University Road, M5 4WT.

Before you travel, we recommend that you download a campus map  or take a look at our travel information. New Adelphi is number 8 on the map.  

It is important that you arrive at your interview promptly, so make sure that you allow plenty of time for travel. If you are travelling during rush hour, please be mindful of the effect this may have on your journey time and plan accordingly. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we will not be able to interview you.

Please be aware that you will be charged for car parking; details of the tariff can be found on our website.

Salford Crescent train station is only a few minutes’ walk away and has regular trains to and from central Manchester.

Can’t make your interview date?

If you are unable to attend your interview, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss this. In some circumstances we may be able to offer an alternative date, however we cannot guarantee this.  Please call 0161 295 4545 and select the option for interview queries.

I no longer wish to attend my interview

If you no longer wish to attend your interview, we will not be able to continue your application to the University of Salford. Please email us on stating your intention to withdraw your application. You should quote your full name, date of birth and UCAS ID number so that we can deal with your request efficiently. Once we receive this email we will make your application unsuccessful on UCAS.


If you have any further questions or would like more information about your interview, please contact us on or 0161 295 4545. If you have any questions about the content of the course, please contact Brendan Fletcher