School of Arts

  • BA Photography Single Honours Interview

    Thank you for your application to study BA Photography and congratulations on reaching the interview stage of the selection process.

  • BA Photography Single Honours Interview

    All our applicants to the single honours Photography undergraduate programme who meet the entry requirements are invited to attend an interview. This part of the selection process allows us to make an assessment of your potential to be a successful Photography student. It also gives you the opportunity to meet us and help you decide whether Oxford Brookes is the right place for you.

    The next steps you need to take are:

    • Confirm whether or not you can attend an interview and select your preferred interview date by completing the Interview Reply Form;
    • Check that a Programme Administrator has confirmed your interview date – this will be done by email;
    • Prepare a portfolio to bring to your interview;
    • Find out about the interview day programme;
    • Book yourself on a Campus Tour if you haven’t already been on one;
    • Read the information about how to get to Oxford Brookes. There are no places to park on campus or in the surrounding residential areas. We recommend if you are arriving by car that you and your portfolio are dropped off at the Richard Hamilton Building and that your ‘driver’ parks in the Thornhill Park and Ride area and travels back to the campus by bus. This is likely to take between 30 and 40 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Please bring a portfolio of your most relevant and recent work. 

    It is important that your portfolio contains a diverse range of work and processes (finished and in progress), so that we can gauge your experiences and abilities to date. We are interested in what excites you as an emerging photographer. We suggest that you include your most recent work (this will vary, depending on whether you are applying from a foundation course or direct from A-levels).

    We do not expect you to have experience of every technical process, nor do we need to see everything you have done. Everyone is different. However, we are keen to find out more about you, and the photographers and artists you are interested in. Whose work inspires your own?

    The portfolio should contain a range of the following types of work:

    • Digital Photography
    • Analogue photography
    • Evidence of basic skills in Photoshop & Adobe creative suite
    • Sketchbooks and workbooks (both project-based and those containing sketches from trips abroad/contextual studies etc.)
    • Collages/Montages/Mixed Media
    • Evidence of experimentation
    • Video/film
    • Website design
    • Self-directed work (not made for coursework).

    Remember, this is a competitive process and we ask that your portfolio is well organised and presented, and that your work is clearly labelled.

    Schedule for Morning Interviews
    9:00–9:15 Portfolio Drop Off
    When you arrive at the Richard Hamilton Building, you will be met by a Programme Administrator or Student Ambassador who will show you where to leave your portfolio.

     

    9:15–9:30 Welcome to Art Design (Photography, Graphic Design, Fine Art)
    Meet a member of academic staff who will welcome you and talk to you about what to expect on the day. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Remember, you can also ask questions during your interview. Parents and guests are welcome to attend this welcome session, although it may take place when they are parking. They can wait in the School of Arts while you attend your interview. Alternatively, there are a number of places on the University campus where they can get refreshments.
    9:30–10:15 School of Arts Tour 
    While your portfolio is being reviewed, you will be taken on a tour of the Art … Design facilities.
    10:15–12:45 Interviews 
    A member of the academic teaching team and a student currently on the Art … Design programmes will interview you. Interviews are about 20 minutes long. During your interview you will be given the opportunity to talk about your portfolio and about your development as a photographer. We will want to know why you feel that the course that we offer here at Brookes is right for you, and what you hope to achieve during your studies. When you leave your interview, you will take your portfolio with you.
    Schedule for Afternoon Interviews
    12:30–12:45 Portfolio Drop Off 
    When you arrive at the Richard Hamilton Building, you will be met by a Programme Administrator or Student Ambassador who will show you where to leave your portfolio.
    12:45–13:00 Welcome to Art … Design (Photography, Graphic Design, Fine Art)
    Meet a member of academic staff who will welcome you and talk to you about what to expect on the day. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Remember, you can also ask questions during your interview. Parents and guests are welcome to attend this welcome session, although it may take place when they are parking. They can wait in the School of Arts while you attend your interview. Alternatively, there are a number of places on the University campus where they can get refreshments.
    13:00–13:45 School of Arts Tour 
    While your portfolio is being reviewed, you will be taken on a tour of the Art … Design facilities.
    13:45–16:30 Interviews 
    A member of the academic teaching team and a student currently on the Art … Design programmes will interview you. Interviews are about 20 minutes long. During your interview you will be given the opportunity to talk about your portfolio and about your development as a photographer. We will want to know why you feel that the course that we offer here at Brookes is right for you, and what you hope to achieve during your studies. When you leave the interview, you will take your portfolio with you.

    If you haven’t already been on one of our Campus Tours you may want to take the opportunity of being at Oxford Brookes to sign up on one. There is a link to the sign-up page below. Campus Tours are led by a student ambassador who will be able to answer any questions you may have about aspects of the university and student life. Tours last for 1 hour and start from our Gipsy Lane site, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Richard Hamilton Building.

    We recommend that you sign up for a morning Campus Tour if your interview is scheduled for the afternoon or if you have been scheduled for a morning interview, please book a space on an afternoon Campus Tour.

    To go on a Campus Tour you will need to book a place at least 1 week in advance by contacting the Enquiry Centre on +44 (0) 1865 484848 or on query@brookes.ac.uk

    Or please visit our Book a campus tour page.

    Please note that although it is possible for you to drive to the School of Arts to drop your portfolio off you will not be able to leave your car on campus while your interview is taking place as no parking is available on campus due to strict parking restrictions.

    Please refer to our How to find us page for details on getting to Oxford and finding the Headington Hill Site. If you are in need of parking due to a disability, please email or call Adriana Siaulyte 01865 484722 at least one week in advance of your interview to reserve a space.

    When you arrive at Oxford Brookes University, report directly at the School of Arts. The School of Arts is situated in the Richard Hamilton Building, which is on the Headington Hill side of the main Gipsy Lane campus. A member of Staff and a Student Ambassador will be there to welcome you and will provide you with information for the day.