The key thing we are looking for is an ability to tell stories – we’re not necessarily looking to see fully formed short films, but something that tells us that the applicant has the potential to tell a story or has ideas for stories.
Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production at NUA, we will ask you to prepare your portfolio for your interview.
This combination of methods are used to assess your suitability to the course. All elements should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity.
When compiling your portfolio, choose pieces that reflect your creativity and personal interests and demonstrate your technical skills. We are looking for storytellers, creatives and ideas people, not technical or software focused applicants.
Your portfolio should include at a short film (no more than 5 minutes), or 6 still images such as photographs or photoshop images, or a short script, short story, or other creative writing (no more than 3 pages). Do not worry if it’s not the perfect showreel, storyboard narrative or renderings because they allow us to understand how you think during the creative process.
You should include finished projects that you are excited about and particularly proud of. We are interested in you; to understand what motivates your choice in discipline and your creative identity through your preferences and aversions. You may submit assessed projects and coursework, but we recommended that you include independent work where possible.
These self-initiated projects and interests tell us a lot more about you and your ambition and illustrate your ability to generate ideas. We are keen to see individuality, passion, risk and analysis. The most important thing we are looking for is inventiveness, creativity, ingenuity and a real desire to come up with something that is unique.
You should be confident and passionate talking about your project as the interviewer(s) will discuss your work with you. You may not be able to talk us through the entire portfolio so be sure to present the work in an orderly, logical way. Choose a layout that tells the story of each individual project and an overall structure that gives us the full picture of you and your creative practice.
Avoid too much repetition in style and subject matter. Your portfolio should be relevant to the course, but do include a wide range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence and understanding of progressive narrative.
The best way to experience what NUA has to offer is to see for yourself at one of our open days for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
Run through our Interview tips to make sure you are prepared for the interviews process.
If you have NUA as one of your university choices you may be able to receive a mock interview to give you bespoke advice you for the big day. Please ask your teacher to contact our recruitment team to find out more.
NUA’s recruitment team travels across the UK to assist schools and colleges in providing advice on what to say and what not to say at interview, tips on preparing portfolios and personal statements and other invaluable insights that will help you to refine your university application. Ask your teacher to contact our recruitment team.
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As part of your offer, you may be asked to submit a piece of written work in addition to your application. This would usually be after your interview.
Your written work might be part of or an entire piece of written work between 500 and 1,000 words. You may submit an essay, report or a completed log. The writing should demonstrate your ability to think critically, make an informed analysis and confident communication in a subject area related to your proposed course of study. All written work must be in English and emailed as a PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.