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Interviews and auditions

Some of our degrees require an interview or an audition. These interviews and auditions give our staff a chance to meet you, as well as giving you the opportunity for a campus tour and ask any questions you might have.

The way interviews and auditions run vary between courses – some require portfolios, workshops or just a plain question and answer session.

If you receive an offer for a course that does not interview or audition (e.g. History), you will normally be invited to attend an Applicants Open Day, so that you will have the opportunity to see the campus and meet tutors and support staff. If your subject is not listed below, take a look at our Applicant Open Day page.

Our Admissions team will send you an invitation to book your interview or audition. Your invite will include information and instructions of how to book online and the dates available.

If you are an international applicant we will contact you to make special arrangements. These may involve asking you to send us some of your work and/or a Skype interview.

Some courses also require additional checks or documentary evidence.  Please read through the following areas in case they apply to the course(s) you are interested in.

Got a question? Contact our Admissions team on 01243 816000 or email admissions@chi.ac.uk

CHILDHOOD STUDIES

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Top-up
  • Foundation Degree in Early Years

The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for early years. It is expected that most, but not all, applicants will have significant experience of working in an early years setting, most often gained through placement experience. We will discuss how the course is delivered and what it involves so that it is a two way process through which you can ask as many questions as we do!

 

CREATIVE & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

  • BA (Hons) Screen Acting & Creative Technologies

The BA (Hons) Screen Acting & Creative Technologies programme, sat within the Creative & Digital Technologies department, is a performance related course that offers an audition. The course is a unique and dynamic experience and will provide applicants with the relevant contemporary tools to launch a career in the screen-based industries. The audition process aims to find out the applicant’s suitability to study the course while introducing them to tutors, the department’s facilities and the University.

DANCE

  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • BA (Hons) Dance Performance
  • BA (Hons) Dance Studies
  • BSc (Hons) / MSci Dance Science

The structure of the audition and interview day is designed to replicate a first-year experience and differs slightly depending on the course you are applying for. You will take part in a tutor-led contemporary technique class and a creative task driven workshop; you will take part in a small group interview and have the chance to talk to tutors and students about the course you are applying for. If applying for Dance Performance you will also take a short ballet class and will show a pre-prepared solo of your own choreography.

For more information about timings, what to wear, etc - download the Dance audition booklet.

FINE ART

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • MA Fine Art

We try to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We want you to be relaxed since this is when we are most likely to see the ‘real you’.

You will have a guided tour of facilities and meet current students. We will often offer you the chance to take part in a Taster session while you’re waiting, so wear suitable clothing! You will be invited for a 25 minute interview with one member of staff and a current student. We try to allocate interview times so that those with further to travel get earlier slots.

The focus will be a relaxed discussion about your portfolio and your art practice, so be prepared to talk about your:

  • Interest in Fine Art
  • Art practice and how it’s developed
  • Artistic influences (Contemporary Artists & exhibitions)

To find out more about Fine Art interviews and preparing your portfolio, download our Portfolio Preparation booklet.

MUSIC

Auditions may involve a workshop approach and/or candidates may be asked to prepare a set piece in advance and asked to perform the piece in front of a group. The workshop approach allows applicants to demonstrate how they work with others and how they respond to direction.

Musical Theatre

  • BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance
  • BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)
  • Musical Theatre joint courses

On the day of your audition you will be collected from reception and brought over to the music block. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Introductory talk
  • Dance call
  • Vocal call
  • Acting call
  • Q&A

You will all do every aspect of your audition in front of each other as it allows you to offer support and encouragement. We have a really strong community feel here at Chichester, so it’s good to get you into the practice of supporting your peers from the very first time you visit us. Try not to panic or be too nervous, we want you to do well. Just come in and show us what you can do.

Singing
You will need to prepare two contrasting Musical Theatre songs that demonstrate your vocal ability. Please edit these songs to roughly two minutes each. We will hear you sing both of them.

Dance
Prepare yourself for a multi-genre dance call. Bring dancewear that is unrestrictive and that you can move comfortably in. If you have tap, jazz or ballet shoes, please bring these with you.

Acting
Please prepare a short monologue that you feel displays your abilities as an actor in the best way possible.

Social Work

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • MA Social Work

The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the social work profession. It is expected that most, but not all, students will have significant experience of a statutory care agency or voluntary/private organisation providing a social work or social care service.

In accordance with the regulations for the training of counsellors and social workers, all successful applicants are required to complete a health declaration and DBS check, before beginning their studies. Failure to complete a medical declaration and DBS check will result in withdrawal of the student’s place.

SPORT

  • FdSc / BSc (Hons) Community Sports Coaching
  • FdSc / BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance
  • BA (Hons) Outdoor and Adventure Education
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Coaching
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and Primary Years
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and Secondary Years

The interviews are designed to explore the applicant’s practical suitability and personal drive to study the course. The interview will also start to build the personalised and individual relationship that the Department has with all of its students.

Teacher Training

  • BA (Hons) Primary Teaching
  • BA (Hons) Primary Teaching with Early Years
  • BA (Hons) Mathematics and Teaching for Key Stage 2/3
  • PGCE (various routes)

The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the teaching profession, as well as academic ability. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues. Depending on the particular course or subject that an applicant is applying for, there may also be some specific tasks that will need to completed during the interview. Information about these will be sent out with the invitation to the interview. 

THEATRE

  • BA (Hons) Acting
  • BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Directing
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Theatre Performance and Dance)
  • BA (Hons) Theatre
  • BA (Hons) Theatre (Performance and Production)

We try to make the audition day (as far as we can) feel like a normal day on campus. The exercises we ask you to do are based on activities and experiences you can expect to encounter on any given day during your studies. So not only do we get to see your work, you get to see how we work. 

There are four parts to our audition process. Every candidate does ALL the activities, whichever degree you are applying for. This is really important, so we can judge your suitability for the course you have applied for and also to describe the crossovers between our programmes.

The audition experience should be fun and should give you a sense of what it will be like to study here. You will meet and work with current members of staff. You will work with current students. You should feel like the day teaches you something – more like attending a workshop or masterclass than just an audition.For more information about the audition process, download our audition booklet