After you apply

5 reasons to study visual arts in Birmingham- portfolio

Does the thought of an interview bring you out in a cold sweat? Check out our top 10 tips to help calm your nerves and make the whole process a lot easier. 

1. Plan ahead

If for any reason you can't make your interview date get in touch with us immediately so we can make alternative arrangements with you. We don't want you to miss out!

2. Plan your journey

Check your bus timetable, train times or traffic updates and allow yourself plenty of time to get here. Use our handy travel calculator to work out the best route to take.

3. Prepare everything you need to take

Bring all your required documents including your personal statement in case you need a reminder of what you said. If you've applied to study an Art or Design course you may have been asked to bring a portfolio with you. Take a look at our portfolio tips here!

4. Read your personal statement

You might be asked to expand further on something you mentioned when you applied, make sure you have your answers prepared!

5. Be clued up

Do a bit of research about the industry you're hoping to go into and any relevant current affairs, it will help to show that you're interested and enthusiastic.

6. Big yourself up!

You might be a great team player, have excellent communication skills or be really well-organised, but make sure you can support your claims with examples.

7. Get practising

Ask your teacher, adviser or family member to have a mock interview with you. You might be asked why you've chosen your course and what you most enjoy about your current studies, so start preparing some great answers.

8. Get your questions ready

Don't forget to ask questions of your own, this will show that you're genuinely interested in the course.

9. Dress smartly

First impressions matter, you need to show you mean business. It's best to wear something smart, so no jeans or trainers.

10. Enjoy yourself!

You've put in a lot of hard work so try to enjoy the experience and the day, it's your time to shine! You can find more hints and tips from UCAS.

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