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Students applying to the College of Arts come to us with a wide range of skills and experiences which are relevant to an exciting career in the creative industries. So here at Derby, we don’t judge applications just on predicted grades. We are keen to find out about their aspirations, creative talents and interests so we invite applicants to an interview where we can discuss their application and tailor our offer specifically to them and their skills.

We offer interviews for all courses within the College of Arts apart from Joint Honours courses where we offer places based on UCAS applications.

What to expect on the day
Once you have completed and sent off your UCAS form we will review your application then invite you to join us at either a morning or an afternoon interview session. An interview time will be allocated to you on arrival on a first come, first served basis. Whilst you wait you will be able to chat to current students, take a guided tour of our facilities or visit nearby accommodation. You are welcome to bring a guest, and refreshments will be available throughout the day. The majority of interviews will last around 20-30 minutes, often this is followed by a tour of the facilities, but please be prepared to be here for half a day as we will be interviewing a number of people on the same day.

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity to show teaching staff your passion for the subject.  So come prepared. We will be asking you questions about your experience, interests and passion for the subject. We are looking for students who really enjoy their chosen subject and can display some talent for the subject.


  1. Plan ahead: Make sure you know where you are going on the day. Have our phone number in your mobile phone in case you get delayed.
  2. Dress appropriately: Show the interviewer you are taking this seriously. We don’t expect you to wear a suit and tie or formal wear (unless you want to) but please remember that first impressions count.
  3. Body Language: Stay calm, make eye contact and speak clearly.  Believe in yourself.
  4. Ask questions: We may be the ones interviewing you but this is also your time to ask questions to ensure that we are the right university for you!
  5. Can you answer these questions:
  • Why do you want to study this subject at university? 
  • Why have you applied to Derby?
  • What do you want to do in the future?
  • Who or what has inspired you?

Be prepared to give examples/talk about productions/shows/performances you’ve been involved in.

Dance and Performing Arts Interviews

Dance BA (Hons); Performing Arts BA (Hons)

Please be aware that these interviews are held off campus at Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU. So please make your way there. Details of how to find Déda and parking can be found on our Travel Information page. This is where students on these courses will be taught (Performing Arts students will work out of Déda and Markeaton Street). So this is a great opportunity to see these fantastic facilities first hand – ask about our aerial studio!

Programme for the day
13:00 – 13.30hrs: Arrive and tour Déda
13:30 – 15:00hrs: Practical workshop (no solo work is required to be prepared)
15:00 – 17:00hrs: Interviews / tours of accommodation (your individual time will be given to you on the day)

You will be invited to take part in a two hour practical workshop that will include a contemporary dance technique class and a creative session led by our Academic Tutors. This is a fun session we know you will really enjoy! Please bring comfortable clothes to change into – something that you will be able to dance in. Dance shoes are not required. We’d also recommend bringing some water with you.

Music Interviews

Music BA (Hons); Popular Music with Music Technology BA (Hons)

All interviews for music are held at Markeaton Street. If you have a portable instrument then please bring this with you. Keyboards and drums are available on site. We will invite you to perform an audition exam piece (this must be a recognised examining Board/ Associated Board) at Grade VII or above, and approximately five minutes in duration. If you require accompaniment you must provide this yourself.

Applicants will also take part in group activities and peer evaluation. You will be presented with a score and asked to discuss the music and answer questions.  Then, as a group, you will be asked to rehearse the piece and perform it. This is not as scary as it sounds – we normally have great fun with this!

You will also be asked to present and discuss your portfolio of work. If you have any specific requirements such as playback facility from CD/phone/memory stick or internet access, please let us know in advance.

Film and Media Interviews

All interviews for music are held at Markeaton Street. Your interview will be conducted on an individual basis with the teaching team. Whilst the process is an informal one, you will need to think about how to create a good impression through your subject knowledge, enthusiasm, and professionalism. To this end, it is worth practising a ‘mock’ interview with friends or family prior to arriving.

Your interview, along with your portfolio/show-reel, is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion and commitment to the world of film production, media; including radio, visual effects, and production design and to show the course tutors that you have the potential to succeed on these programmes.

Contemporary Theatre and Performance Interviews

Contemporary Theatre and Performance BA (Hons); Drama BA (Hons)

Please make your way to Markeaton Street. Where you will be allocated an interview time. Our programme leaders will want to know why you are interested in this course at Derby and what inspires. They will also expect you to be able to talk about any productions you’ve been involved in.

You might want to think about the following questions:

  • Who or what  has inspired you to follow a career in Theatre?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What qualities does a good theatre-maker have?
  • What techniques have you experienced when working with scripts/text?
  • Who or what has inspired you to follow a career in Theatre?

If you need to speak to us about your interview/audition you can contact us on:

T: 01332 591167


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