Portfolio interview information

The University is not conducting any face to face interviews at present. Alternative arrangements, where applicable, are currently being decided by the individual programme teams. Please do not attend the University campuses for an interview.

If you have been invited to an interview, you will shortly receive an email with the next steps.

BA/BSc (Hons) Product Design (including Year Zero)

What will happen in the portfolio interview?

The School of Arts is ambitious, bold and has an essence of brilliance in shaping Derby as a hub of creativity. We’re intrigued by new ideas and concepts, encouraging our students to take risks, experiment with their ideas and processes and develop their creative voice.

Your portfolio interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills, interests, and personality for the course you are applying for.

You will be invited to a portfolio interview day where you will meet members of the teaching team and current students during an interactive session where you can learn more about the course you are applying for. This session will include your portfolio interview. There will also be the option for an accommodation tour and campus tour if you’ve not already had the chance to do this at an open day.

What will happen in the portfolio interview?

What sort of questions will we ask on the day?

As part of your portfolio interview, we may ask you some of the following questions, so give these some thought before you arrive. It’s useful if you can include any examples, talk about events, products or exhibitions/shows that you have attended.

Interview location

Interviews for this course take place at Markeaton Street, Derby Campus.

The address is:

University of Derby
Markeaton Street
DE22 3AW

Find more information here on how to get to our campuses, including maps.

On arrival, please report to the Main Reception, where you will be met by a course representative.

Important note regarding parking when visiting our Markeaton Street site: There is limited car parking available around the Markeaton Street site and no parking available on site, except for disabled access. You may however be able to use the Pay and Display car park (car park 1) at our Kedleston Road site. The parking charges are £5.20 for the day and the machine takes cash (exact change). The Markeaton Street site is approximately a 15-minute walk from the car park, or there are regular free shuttle buses (bus number 4 from our Kedleston Road site). Please allow at least 30 minutes to get from Kedleston Road to the Markeaton Street site.

If you are arriving by train there are taxis outside the station and the Unibus stops outside the station at regular intervals. Travelling to Derby by bus.

When attending your interview, please allow plenty of time for travelling and parking as the roads around the University can be very busy.

Do you have any special requirements? 

Please let us know of any special requirements you may have, particularly if you have any disability or special needs, to help us to assist you in the interview process, eg any access or communication issues. 

Please note: If you are bringing someone with you, they will not be able to stay with you during the interview selection process, however, they are welcome to stay on-site and make use of our wide range of food and drink outlets.

Useful information and frequently asked questions

Is the Interview Day compulsory?

Yes. You will need to attend the interview before we can make you an offer on the programme.

What if I haven't studied the subject before?

We recognise that some applicants may not have studied their subject before, which is why we are interested in seeing your potential. Bring whatever you think reflects you and your potential for the course.

How many pieces should I included in my portfolio?

If you are applying for a course that requires a portfolio with your interview, we recommend you bring between 5-15 pieces, but we would rather see fewer pieces that you are proud or passionate about and can talk us through your thoughts and creative process. 

What happens if I am running late on the day? 

If you are unable to make your interview date for whatever reason or if you would like to withdraw your application with us, you can request to do this by completing our short form.

We know that delays are sometimes unavoidable so if you are running late on the day, please contact us as soon as you are able to and let us know your estimated arrival time. If necessary, we can advise you of any alternate arrangements for your interview. In some instances, if you expect to be significantly late, we may suggest you book for a different date. 

What happens if I am unable to attend my interview or wish to withdraw?

If you are unable to make your interview date for whatever reason or if you would like to withdraw your application with us, you can request to do this by completing our short form.

Can I visit the halls/campus?

Depending on the course, you may have the opportunity to visit halls on the day of your interview. If this has been arranged, you will be given more details on your arrival. If you attend a University of Derby Open Day you will have the opportunity to visit halls and see the different types of accommodation on offer. If you are made an offer to study with us, we also offer visits to halls as part of our Applicant Day experience.

You can also take a Virtual Tour of our campuses and halls of residence.

Contact details

Should you have any questions, or if you require special provision to be made for any aspects of the day, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone: +44 (0)1332 591167 or email: myinterview@derby.ac.uk.