Arts, Media and Creative Technology interviews

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2023-2024 Entry

Meeting and speaking with our applicants is one of the best parts of our jobs as admissions tutors in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology. 

During this academic year we are running face to face interviews. We have put together some course specific guidance below as well as some useful FAQs to help you take the next steps in your application process and prepare for your interview.

Depending on the course you have applied for you may be asked to bring a portfolio along with you to the interview. When we use the term "portfolio" we aren't just looking for finished pieces of work, we are happy to see examples of work, as this can include your thought processes and ideas development.

   

Top tips

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Ensure you read through all of the information provided carefully and ask us if you're not sure.

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Give yourself time to prepare for your interview. We want you to do your best!

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We are looking for applicants to be passionate and knowledgeable about the subject area, make sure this is expressed during your interview.

Select your course

BA (Hons) Comedy Writing and Performance (W890)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further. Your interview is comprised of two parts, an audition workshop and group discussion. 

How do I prepare for my interview?

You must bring a piece of academic writing to your audition workshop. This writing should demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate your work or the work of others. This can be something you have produced on your current course.

If you have not yet produced a piece of academic writing on your current course, please do not worry. You can write a 500-word essay on a practitioner of your choice, discussing their key ideas and techniques.

You must also prepare and perform a two-minute comedy monologue from any published play, film or radio script. You will be asked to learn and perform the script you have prepared and, if asked, perform it again in a different style.

It is vital that you bring both your academic writing piece and two-minute comedy monologue to your audition workshop. You may be asked questions related to your writing.  

Group discussion

As well as your audition, you will be required to watch a comedic extract from a film or television programme and take part in a short discussion with other candidates.

In your group discussion, you may be asked to talk about your audition piece, your interest in comedy and performance and your reasons for applying to this course. You may also be asked about your monologue and questions relating to the performance and the themes of the play or script.   

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Your ability to analyse and evaluate performance work in a written format  

  • Your acting ability

  • Your engagement and understanding of your chosen monologue along with your interest in the course content during the monologue.

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Costume Design (W450)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work. We would like you to bring along either a portfolio of work, or you can complete a live brief, as below. Please choose one to bring to your interview.

If you choose to bring along a portfolio, these are the requirements

The purpose of a portfolio is for you to tell us more about your experience, skills and interest in the course. We are looking to see strong examples of an applicant’s creativity. This can be from: 

  • Sketchbooks from previous study of the subject area which show developmental thinking and reasonable interest and ability in traditional drawing skill 

  • A small selection of examples of any garments and/or accessories you’ve made

We are looking for applicants to have: 

  • Enthusiasm for costume and related subjects e.g. art, literature, performance, theatre, history/conservation  

  • Evidence of technical knowledge or design skill: this may be within previous costume/textile art & design projects, work-experience or personal projects undertaken 

If you choose to complete and bring along the live brief, these are the requirements

Find two written descriptions of characters from literature and write a short character profile for each. Your character profile should outline any notable features/characteristics e.g. age, gender.

Illustrate the characters using your own interpretation, you can use any drawing medium (Digital, inks, Pro-markers, collage, pencil, charcoal) however, you must use two different mediums.

The task is not about how well you can illustrate, it's about exploring different creative processes.

Some techniques you will enjoy, while others you may not. Experimenting is how you will find your style as a designer.

Unsure about the live brief?

You can find some examples of what kind of work we are expecting to see from the live brief.

What format does this need to be in?  

You will need to bring your portfolio or live brief to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work.

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 

  • Creative ability 

  • Suitability for the subject

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Dance (W500)

What do I need to do?

Attend an audition on campus, followed by an interview to discuss your work further.  Please be prepared to stay until 5pm.  

Audition

Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately for class. Remove all jewellery, wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and shows a clear bodyline and bare feet. If you own ballet shoes you can wear these for the ballet barre, but do not worry if not. You can continue with bare feet or socks.

Following a session at the barre you will move into the space to do a contemporary class. This will involve you learning a number of short phrases. Finally, you will be set a creative task with instruction about how to develop a motif.

For your solo performance, we would like you to prepare a contemporary or dance fusion piece (incorporating contemporary and other styles) of 1 minute long. If you choose to use music or sound, please bring this with you as an MP3 on a device like a smartphone, tablet or MP3 player. Please do not rely on streaming music via the internet as this is not always reliable. 

Please do not worry if there are any of the above elements that you do not feel confident in.  We cover a wide variety of dance styles so everyone has the opportunity to show strengths, but it is not integral to gaining a place that you must be proficient in all areas.

Interview

After your practical audition you will be invited to take part in individual or group interview discussions with our tutors. Dance staff will be interested to know why you have applied for your course, what your aspirations are for the future and which choreographers and/companies influence you most.

What am I being assessed on? 

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 

  • Creative ability 

  • Suitability for the subject

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion (W2N1)

What do I need to do?

Complete the live brief and attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further. 

Live brief requirements

We would like you to provide us with a visual mood board for the autumn winter season for 2022/23. The images you use should be publicly sourced, for example. magazines, websites, catalogues, and blogs. The mood board can be in any area of the fashion industry (women's, men's, accessories or beauty) and it should include colour inspiration, visuals and text 

What format does this need to be in? 

You will need to bring your mood board to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when designing your mood board. You can use PowerPoint, or magazines to create this, it is your choice.

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Technique and creativity and some basic understanding of fashion and/or business 

  • Knowledge of the industry/subject area

  • Communication skills 

​​Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (W225)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work. We would like you to bring along either a portfolio of work, or you can complete a live brief if you currently don’t have an up to date portfolio, as below. Please choose one to bring to your interview.

If you choose to bring along a portfolio, these are the requirements

We are looking to see strong examples of an applicant's creativity, this could come from a number of sources and disciplines which engage with research, drawing, 3D work and use of materials. We understand some applicants may not have had a fashion specific focus on previous courses so we are happy to see examples from outside of the discipline. In general terms, we would like to see some work that considers how a fashion design mindset could be approached, perhaps through application to the body or clothing. 

If you choose to complete the live brief, these are the requirements

We would like you to pick a specific group of workers from any trade/profession to research (this could be anything from uniforms, sports costumes, historical, contemporary, police officers, refuse collectors, ice skaters, ice cream van drivers). Find research of this group of people from a number of sources, ideally primary (firsthand photos) and secondary (from books/the web). Consider a variety of time periods, countries to help you consider the clothing and garments they wear.

Once you have selected your group of workers to research, then pick a fashion designer to research, think about how this designer approaches fashion. Are they minimal? Maximalist? Bold? Feminine? Conceptual? Show us key images, a short statement (100 words approx.) that discusses their style.

With the information you have gained from your research, sketch, collage, illustrate a range of development ideas and design work that can turn the perhaps mundane workers’ outfits into something fashion-related by considering how that designer might do it if they were basing a collection on the research. 

As an example

What would a collection by Yohji Yamamoto using lumberjacks look like? A collection by Off-White using cycle couriers? or if Prabal Gurung did Dive Instructor. The list is endless, have some fun.

This brief is to aid you in showing the research and design process with access to things you should be able to easily find online or in books.

What format does this need to be in? 

You will need to bring your portfolio or live brief to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work. As a rough guide, we would like to see:

  • 1-2 pages of visual research on the worker
     
  • 1-2 pages of visual research on the designer
     
  • 6-8 pages of creative sketching/collage/design development
     
  • 1 page of a final idea, illustrated on someone you think would wear it, show us your creativity.

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 
     
  • Creative ability 
     
  • Suitability for the subject

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Fashion Image Making and Styling (W227)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further.  We are providing applicants with two options, a portfolio or interview preparation questions. Please choose one to bring to your interview.

If you choose to bring along a portfolio, these are the requirements

Within your work we are looking for the following: 

  • Examples of concept and idea development, how you start with a concept and see it through to completion, the processes involved in this, it’s not all about the final image we need to see evidence of the journey 

  • Examples of photography 

  • Research, this is key to backing up concepts and ideas. 

  • Evidence of experimentation. We are a directional course that works at the cutting edge of what fashion image making represents. We would love to see evidence of you striving forward and creating unique and contemporary images

  • Essays, written reports or blogs etc. demonstrating an interest in fashion, photography and contemporary culture that influences our creative outputs – art, politics, sustainability etc.

If you choose to prepare the interview questions, these are the requirements 

Prior to your interview, we would like you to bring prepared answers for the below questions:

Fashion Image Making and Styling questions

What format does this need to be in? 

You will need to bring your portfolio or prepared answers to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work.

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 

  • Creative ability 

  • Suitability for the subject

  • Motivations for the course

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Film, TV and Stage Design (W4C7)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work. We would like you to bring along either a portfolio of work, or you can complete a live brief, as below.

If you choose to bring a portfolio, these are the requirements

The purpose of a portfolio is for you to tell us more about your experience, skills and interest in the course.  

We are looking to see strong examples of an applicant’s creativity this can be from sketchbooks from previous study of the subject area, which show your ability in visual observation and developmental thinking.  

We are looking for applicants to be able to demonstrate: 

  • Enthusiasm for the subject and related subjects e.g. art, literature, performance, exhibition design/spatial design or photography. We would further advise you research careers into the art department in Film, Television and Performance prior to the interview

  • Evidence of good visual communication skill, previous design/art projects, a work-placement or any independent and more personal projects undertaken

  • Knowledge of/ability in relevant technology and practices, CAD/Technical drawing/theatre plans etc. 

  • Evidence of working in 3D, this may be model making

If you choose to complete the live brief, these are the requirements

We are aware that many applicants at this stage of the year may not yet have a full portfolio of work to show us. To support you in your application to the course, we have created this short mini project as an alternative to a portfolio.

  • Think of a space you are familiar with, it could be a bedroom, kitchen or a exhibition space in an art gallery – maybe take a few reference photos as a reminder.
     
  • Either on a computer, or with a pencil and paper, draw a plan of the space you’ve selected: this doesn’t have to be to scale but try to keep sizes in proportion (use a scale rule if you have one, 1:50 or 1:20 scale would probably be most useful).
     
  • Looking at your plan and your photos, imagine you are standing in the room, but think of it as a set.
     
  • From the information you have and using your imagination, try to capture what you see in a ‘visual’. Visuals are used to show what any set you’re building will look like once it’s built – think about what you would want a studio or film camera to see.
     
  • Go back to the plan you produced, and draw a circle on it representing a camera and put it where it should be in relation to your visual.
     
  • If you feel inclined, you could make a small card model of the ‘set’ you have designed in white card and take a photo with your phone, imagining your camera is a studio camera – the picture you take will, effectively, represent what a viewer would see on a cinema or on a TV screen. NB: be as imaginative as you like – visuals can be in any medium.

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge

  • Creative ability 

  • Suitability for the subject  

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Fine Art (W100)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further. Please bring your portfolio and your prepared answers to the questionnaire below, which will be used as discussion points at your interview.

If you would prefer to be interviewed online, please contact enquiries@salford.ac.uk  within five working days of receiving your interview invite to arrange this. Please ensure you include your UCAS ID number and date of birth when contacting the team.

Portfolio requirements

Your work says a lot about you and your motivations. In general terms we would expect to see an assortment of the following examples: 

  • Sketchbooks

  • Work in progress

  • Finished works

  • An example of a work that failed or didn’t turn out as planned

  • Examples of observational and life drawing

  • Essays, blogs and social media etc. demonstrating an interest an ability to reflect upon your concepts and ideas

  • Contextual research both visual and artist

  • Subject reading list (include any books, magazines, and relevant articles you have read to support your studies in art) 

Interview preparation questions

We would also like you to bring prepared answers for the questions below:

Fine Art top 10 questions

What format does this need to be in? 

You will need to bring your portfolio and prepared answers to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when designing your portfolio. 

What am I being assessed on?   

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge

  • Creative ability 

  • Suitability for the subject 

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BSc (Hons) Games Design and Production (G470)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, bringing along a portfolio of your work, which will be used as discussion points.

Portfolio requirements

This year we are looking for applicants to provide us with a portfolio.  Your work says a lot about you and your motivations. We understand that you may not have completed pieces of work, this is not a problem. We are keen to see pieces of work which show your thought processes, plans, through to final pieces.  More importantly we would like to see evidence of aptitude in either creative arts practice or computer science.  

Our guidance is not meant to limit your creative statement but to allow you to demonstrate your creative potential. In general terms however we would expect to an assortment of the following examples:

If your background is in Creative Arts

  • Painting, drawing sketching
     
  • Photography
     
  • Traditional art and design
     
  • Animation

If your background is in Computer Sciences 

  • Evidence of computer programming
     
  • Programming tests or experiments
     
  • Web development 
     
  • Application development 
     
  • Network or database programming 
     
  • Experimentation with technologies such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi 
     
  • Any evidence of HCI and Interaction design work 

Foundation Year

If you have applied for our foundation year, we ask for some samples of work to get a better understanding of your artist or technical talent and interests. This doesn't have to be a detailed professional portfolio; all we need to see are some examples of creative or technical work you are currently undertaking or have done in the past. This could be painting, drawing, graphics, photography or even some craft-based work. If you are more of a technical person, maybe you have experimented with some games engines or developed some programs at school or college, maybe you have done some web design. Please try and put together 5 pages that demonstrate your ability to include with your application.  

What format does this need to be in?  

You will need to bring your portfolio to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work. 

As a rough guide we would expect to see around a dozen pages of work featuring any or a mixture of the above-mentioned themes and media.  

What am I being assessed on?    

You will be assessed on your attitude, creative potential and ability to flourish in the multi-disciplinary area of games design and production. 

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (W211)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further.  We would like you to bring along a portfolio of work with you the interview.

These are the requirements

Your work says a lot about you and your motivations. We understand that you may not have completed pieces of work, this is not a problem. We are keen to see pieces of work which show your thought processes, plans, through to final pieces. In general, we are looking for the following:  

  • A good level of commitment to your studies and evidence of basic art and design skills 
  • Research and development, ideas generation and the visual evidence of the process used to develop your outcomes
  • Drawing, painting, photography, typography, computer-generated work, mock-ups and photos of any 3D objects and artefacts
  • Digital work including video or animation could be embedded or included as a link if it is a large file size  

What format does this need to be in?  

You will need to bring your portfolio to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work.

   What am I being assessed on?   

  • Evidence & enthusiasm for the subject

  • Strong visual communication skills

  • Evidence of problem-solving

  • Clear working procedures showing the development of your ideas

  • Experience in a range of different media and materials - 2D and 3D 

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Journalism (Broadcast) (PP53)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus

Interview

You will be invited to an individual interview with our tutors. The tutors will be interested to know why you have applied for your course, what your aspirations are for the future and what motivates you.

What am I being assessed on? 

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 

  • Skills and attributes

  • Suitability for the subject

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Journalism (Multimedia) (P50Y)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus

Interview

You will be invited to an individual interview with our tutors. The tutors will be interested to know why you have applied for your course, what your aspirations are for the future and what motivates you.

What am I being assessed on? 

  • Level of interest and reasonable subject knowledge 

  • Skills and attributes

  • Suitability for the subject

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Media and Performance (W400)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus. Your interview is comprised of two parts, an audition workshop and group discussion. 

Audition workshop

You must bring a piece of academic writing to your audition workshop. This writing should demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate your work or the work of others. This can be something you have produced on your current course.

If you have not yet produced a piece of academic writing on your current course, please do not worry. You can write a 500-word essay on a practitioner of your choice, discussing their key ideas and techniques. Please prepare your academic writing in a way that can be easily viewed by the Admissions Tutors at your interview and can be used for further discussion.

It is vital that you bring this to your audition workshop, as you may be asked questions related to your writing.

You must also prepare and perform a two-minute monologue from any published play, film or radio script. This can be from any genre and period you choose. You will be asked to learn and perform the script you have prepared and, if asked, perform it again in a different style.  

Group discussion

As well as your audition, you will be required to take part in a short production-based discussion with other candidates after watching an extract from a film or television programme. 

In your group discussion, you may be asked to talk about your audition piece, your interest in media and performance and your reasons for applying to this course. You may also be asked about your monologue and questions relating to the performance.

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Your ability to analyse and evaluate performance work in a written format  

  • Your acting ability

  • Your engagement and understanding of your chosen monologue along with your interest in the course content during the monologue.

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Music: Creative Music Technology / with Foundation Year (W374/ WH74)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to show examples of your recording and production work and/ or demonstrate your playing ability.

Interview requirements

When you arrive, you will be assigned a relevant member of the music team who will take you to one of our rehearsal rooms for an interview. This should last about 20 minutes, but there may be another one or two students who need to be interviewed by the same tutor, so allow at least an hour. 

During this interview, you will be asked about your background, previous studies and experience, reasons for choosing the course, and aspirations for your career. The tutor will also ask questions to gauge your subject knowledge. 

Portfolio of recording and production

Please prepare two or three examples of recording and production work which demonstrate your use of music technology. If possible, this should include: 1) an example of your own creative music production, and 2) a recording you have made of a musician or band.The combined excerpts should not exceed eight minutes long.

Audition pieces (optional)

If you do not have examples of recording and production to show, you have the option of performing audition pieces instead. You should prepare two pieces to perform, which demonstrate your level of playing ability on your chosen instrument (which can include voice).

If you would prefer to show one or two examples of production work and perform one audition piece, this will also be permitted.

What do I need to bring?

The interview room will have the following equipment: 

  • Acoustic piano 

  • Drum kit 

  • Guitar and bass amplifiers 

  • PA system and mixing console, with a 3.5mm jack cable (suitable for connecting to laptop computer) 

  • Music stands 

Unless you are playing the piano or drums, you will need to bring your own instrument. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Electric guitar and bass players should bring their own cables. 

If you are showing examples of production work, you can either bring your own computer and connect it to the PA system or bring media files on a USB storage device. If you wish to bring files on a storage device, please ensure that these are audio or video files in a common format (e.g. WAV, MP3, MP4, MOV) and that the drive uses a common connection such as USB A or C. 

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Performance technique – your current capabilities
     
  • Your current level of technical and creative ability 
     
  • Passion for the subject area, self-evaluation about gaps in personal knowledge

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Music: Musical Arts/ with Foundation Year (W302/ W312)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to perform an audition piece and to discuss your work further. 

Interview requirements

When you arrive, you will be assigned a relevant member of the music team who will take you to one of our rehearsal rooms for an interview. This should last about 20 minutes, but there may be another one or two students who need to be interviewed by the same tutor, so allow at least an hour. 

During this interview, you will be asked about your background, previous studies and experience, reasons for choosing the course, and aspirations for your career. The tutor will also ask questions to gauge your subject knowledge. 

This year we are looking for applicants to provide us with an audition.  The purpose of this audition is for us to find out more about your experience, skills and interest in the programme you are applying for.

Audition piece

Please prepare and submit two contrasting works to perform on your principal instrument. You may draw on repertoire from any genre or style to perform but the works chosen should demonstrate the best of your ability as an instrumental performer or vocalist. You may perform original material if you wish but please make us aware that you are doing this at the beginning of your audition. If you are a multi-instrumentalist then please feel free to provide a short extract on your second instrument alongside this. 

For the performance component of the audition, we are reviewing your performance based on your principal instrument. It is expected that you will continue in this line of study should you be successful in your application.

You are welcome to provide us with examples of other musical projects, such as compositions should you wish to, however this is optional.

What do I need to bring?

The interview room will have the following equipment: 

  • Acoustic piano 

  • Drum kit 

  • Guitar and bass amplifiers 

  • PA system and mixing console, with a 3.5mm jack cable (suitable for connecting to laptop computer) 

  • Music stands 

Unless you are playing the piano or drums, you will need to bring your own instrument. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Electric guitar and bass players should bring their own cables. 

If you are showing examples of production work, you can either bring your own computer and connect it to the PA system or bring media files on a USB storage device. If you wish to bring files on a storage device, please ensure that these are audio or video files in a common format (e.g. WAV, MP3, MP4, MOV) and that the drive uses a common connection such as USB A or C. 

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Performance technique – your current capabilities
     
  • Your current level of technical and creative ability 
     
  • Passion for the subject area, self-evaluation about gaps in personal knowledge

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Music Management and Creative Enterprise (W376)

What do I need to do?

Attend an online interview using our virtual classroom ‘Collaborate’.

If you would prefer to be interviewed in person, please contact enquiries@salford.ac.uk within five working days of receiving your interview invite to arrange this.

How do I access my online interview? 

You can access your interview from the link on the email that we have sent you. The date and time of your interview are also included on this email. We will send this to you again a couple of days before your interview as a reminder. Please enter your interview ten minutes before the scheduled start time.      

We will be making the session live for your interview one hour before it is scheduled, so you can check your access and make sure everything is working in order. If you try to access the interview any time earlier than this, the page may not appear. 

Interview requirements.

We recommend you access the interview using Google Chrome on a desktop computer or laptop however it is possible to access the system on a tablet or smartphone. When you sign into the session, please enter your full name.

Your individual interview will last around 30 minutes. You are not required to submit any audition pieces or prepare any work prior to your interview; we want to use this as an opportunity to learn more about what motivates you and your passions for the course.

What will I be assessed on? 

  • Knowledge of the industry and subject area

  • Passion for the course

  • Motivation to study

  • Communication skills

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

 

BA (Hons) Music: Performance/ with Foundation Year (W304/ W300)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to perform an audition piece and to discuss your work further. 

Interview requirements

When you arrive, you will be assigned a relevant member of the music team who will take you to one of our rehearsal rooms for an interview. This should last about 20 minutes, but there may be another one or two students who need to be interviewed by the same tutor, so allow at least an hour. 

During this interview, you will be asked about your background, previous studies and experience, reasons for choosing the course, and aspirations for your career. The tutor will also ask questions to gauge your subject knowledge.

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music and Recording/ with Foundation Year (J931/ W341)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to perform an audition piece and to discuss your work further. 

Interview requirements

When you arrive, you will be assigned a relevant member of the music team who will take you to one of our rehearsal rooms for an interview. This should last about 20 minutes, but there may be another one or two students who need to be interviewed by the same tutor, so allow at least an hour. 

During this interview, you will be asked about your background, previous studies and experience, reasons for choosing the course, and aspirations for your career. The tutor will also ask questions to gauge your subject knowledge. 

At your interview we will also be looking for applicants to provide us with an audition. The purpose of this audition is for us to find out more about your experience, skills and interest in the course.

Audition piece

Please prepare and submit two contrasting works to perform on your principal instrument. You may draw on repertoire from any genre or style to perform but the works chosen should demonstrate the best of your ability as an instrumental performer or vocalist. You may perform original material if you wish but please make us aware that you are doing this at the beginning of your audition. If you are a multi-instrumentalist then please feel free to provide a short extract on your second instrument alongside this. 

For the performance component of the audition, we are reviewing your performance based on your principal instrument. It is expected that you will continue in this line of study should you be successful in your application.

You are welcome to provide us with examples of other musical projects, such as compositions should you wish to, however this is optional.

What do I need to bring?

The interview room will have the following equipment: 

  • Acoustic piano 

  • Drum kit 

  • Guitar and bass amplifiers 

  • PA system and mixing console, with a 3.5mm jack cable (suitable for connecting to laptop computer) 

  • Music stands 

Unless you are playing the piano or drums, you will need to bring your own instrument. Drummers should bring their own sticks. Electric guitar and bass players should bring their own cables. 

If you are showing examples of production work, you can either bring your own computer and connect it to the PA system or bring media files on a USB storage device. If you wish to bring files on a storage device, please ensure that these are audio or video files in a common format (e.g. WAV, MP3, MP4, MOV) and that the drive uses a common connection such as USB A or C. 

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Performance technique – your current capabilities
     
  • Your current level of technical and creative ability 
     
  • Passion for the subject area, self-evaluation about gaps in personal knowledge

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Photography (W460)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, bring along a portfolio your which will be used as a talking point during the interview.

Portfolio requirements

We are looking for applicants to provide us with a portfolio of your work which reflect the interests you have, and which demonstrates your ideas and creativity. Whilst technical expertise is a bonus it is how your portfolio best reflects you as creative person that we are looking for

Your work says a lot about you and your motivations. We understand that you may not have completed pieces of work, this is not a problem. We are keen to see pieces of work which show your thought processes, plans and development through to the final pieces.

You may want to include work done during A Levels, though it is the things that you look at and chose to share that we are most interested in.

We are looking for applicants to show the following:

  • Enthusiasm
     
  • Strong visual communication skills
     
  • Evidence of problem solving
     
  • Clear working procedures showing development of ideas
     
  • Experience of photography and image making
     
  • Awareness of current photographic practice

What form does this need to be in?

You will need to bring your portfolio to your interview as this will be viewed by the Admissions Tutors and used for further discussion, please take this into consideration when preparing your work and be prepared to have something to display your work on in case there are software / Wi-Fi issues on the day

The portfolio can be either a digital portfolio or a physical one or a combination of both. Think about the form of presentation; what will be the best way to show your work? Could the physical work be digitised, or might the digital work be printed? Bear in mind too that consistency is important in demonstrating your professionalism.

As this is your opportunity to show us your best work, think carefully about selecting your images; what order might they go in, should you put the best first or save it until last? There are no hard and fast rules here, however, you may be asked on the day why you have chosen this particular form and the answers will again demonstrate your preparation for university study

As a guide your work may be anything between 10 – 30 images with 20 being the average, remember higher number of images does not always mean a stronger portfolio.

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Technique and creativity
     
  • Passion for the subject
     
  • Motivation to study
     
  • Knowledge of the industry and subject area
     
  • Communication skills

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Technical Theatre (Production and Design (W445)

What do I need to do?

Attend a skills workshop on campus.

Skills workshop

You must bring a piece of academic writing to your skills workshop. This can be something you have produced on your current course. This writing should demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate your work or the work of others, log-books are not appropriate.

If you have not yet produced a piece of academic writing on your current course, please do not worry. You can write a 500-word essay on a practitioner of your choice, critically discussing a particular technical or design element and its impact on the performance.

It is vital that you bring this to your skills workshop, as you will be asked questions related to your writing, your interest in theatre and your reasons for applying to this course. 

What format does this need to be in?  

Please prepare your academic writing in a way that can be easily viewed by the Admissions Tutors at your interview and can be used for further discussion.

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Your ability to analyse and evaluate performance work in a written format  

  • Your motivations for pursuing the course

  • Your engagement and understanding of your chosen work along with your interest in the course

Further information can be found in the FAQs below.

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Practice (W440)

What do I need to do?

Attend an interview on campus, to discuss your work further. Your interview is comprised of two parts, an audition workshop and group discussion. 

Audition workshop

You must bring a piece of academic writing to your audition workshop. This can be something you have produced on your current course. This writing should demonstrate your ability to analyse and evaluate your work or the work of others. 

If you have not yet produced a piece of academic writing on your current course, please do not worry. You can write a 500-word essay on a practitioner of your choice, discussing their key ideas and techniques.

Please prepare your academic writing in a way that can be easily viewed by the Admissions Tutors at your interview and can be used for further discussion. It is vital that you bring this to your audition workshop, as you may be asked questions related to your writing.

You must also prepare and perform a two-minute monologue from any play of your choice – tragedy or comedy, classical or contemporary. Your monologue will be used as text in an ensemble workshop, where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your collaborative working and ability to experiment with text and movement in response to instructions from your interviewer or workshop leader.  You will be asked to incorporate some of your rehearsed piece within the collaborative workshop, so come prepared to improvise. Please wear suitable clothing.   

Group discussion

Your audition will be followed by a group question and answer session, where you will be asked to discuss your experience of taking part in the workshop and the skills employed. You may also be asked about your choice of audition piece, your interest in performance and your reasons for applying to this course. You may also be asked about your monologue and questions relating to the character and the themes of the play.

What am I being assessed on?  

  • Your ability to analyse and evaluate performance work in a written format  

  • Your acting ability

  • Your engagement and understanding of your chosen monologue along with your interest in the course content during the monologue.

Further information can be found in the FAQs below. 

FAQs for interviews or auditions on campus

How do I prepare for my interview or audition?

Firstly read the information on this page and that we have sent you by email, this will tell you exactly what to expect.

Secondly, review your personal statement, think about why you applied for this course and why you think you'd be good in your chosen profession.

Finally, tell us why you're passionate about the subject you've applied for. 

I’ve been invited to an interview on campus, how do I get to you?

Please have a read through the course specific information above clearly.  This information will guide you through the next steps of your application.

Interviews will be taking place on the Peel Park campus and MediaCity, depending on which course you have applied for. The location of your interview will be in the email we sent to you, please read this carefully.

For more info on how to find us, have a look at our travel page to plan your journey.

I have a disability and am concerned about how this will affect me in my interview.

If you have a disability and need support during your interview, please contact us by calling +44 (0)161 295 4545 or email enquiries@salford.ac.uk to discuss your needs. Please ensure you have your UCAS ID number and date of birth to hand when contacting the team.

Although the majority of our assessments and interviews are online you may like to find out further information on the accessibility of our campus. If so, please visit the accessibility section of our website. We have also worked closely with AccessAble to produce an assessment of our campus and facilities; you can find out more about access guides and routes across our campus on the AccessAble website.

I can't attend my interview, what should I do?

If you are unable to attend your interview  and would like to reschedule, you will need to log in to the applicant portal. Within the portal, you can view your upcoming interview and reschedule.

Please note, you will only be able to reschedule once. If you need to reschedule more than once or to a later date, you will need to contact the Enquiries team as soon as possible. We may be able to reschedule this for you, subject to UCAS deadlines.

The Enquiries team can be contacted at enquiries@salford.ac.uk+44 (0)161 295 4545. Please ensure you have your UCAS ID number and date of birth to hand when contacting the team.

I can't remember how to access the applicant portal, what should I do?

See further guidance on how to reset your password.

If you are still unsure, please contact the Enquiries team at enquiries@salford.ac.uk,  +44 (0)161 295 4545 and we will be happy to help. Please ensure you include your UCAS ID number and date of birth when contacting the team.

When will I hear back about my interview? 

We aim to have decisions back to applicants within three weeks of your interview, subject to UCAS deadlines.  

I have attended an interview and have not heard back within three weeks, what shall I do?

We receive a large volume of applications for our courses. As a result, we may experience a slight delay in responding to you which we do apologise for. If it has been over three weeks since you submitted your work or attended an interview and you have not received a decision, please contact the admissions team on admissionssam@salford.ac.uk quoting your UCAS number and date of birth and the team can look into this for you.

What happens if I am unsuccessful?

The University has a range of Foundation Year programmes available and if your interview or portfolio score falls below the standard that we are looking for then we will look to see if we can offer you a Foundation Year. The decision will be updated on UCAS.

What if I’ve applied for two courses with the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology?

If you have applied for more than one course within the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology you will receive a decision for each course.  Please ensure you submit your work tailored to the course or courses that you have applied for.

What if I no longer want to be considered for this course?

If you have changed your mind and wish to be considered for a different course, within the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology  please contact the admissions team on admissionssam@salford.ac.uk quoting your UCAS number and date of birth. 

If you would like to withdraw your choice at Salford you can do this through UCAS. 

 

Who should I contact if I have any further questions?

We recognise that this has been a challenging year and you may not have as much work available as you might wish. Please do not worry about this. We are happy to see examples of work and if you do have any concerns, please get in touch with the team enquiries@salford.ac.uk to talk through your worries. We are here to help.

Please ensure you include your UCAS ID number and date of birth when contacting the team.