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Interview and Portfolio- Common Queries

Find out how to prepare for an interview or audition, or how to submit a portfolio as part of the entry requirement.

For some of our courses you may be required to attend an interview or audition, or to submit a portfolio as part of the entry requirement. We have compiled some useful information about this process below

Guidelines for applicants who have been selected for interview

If you have been invited for interview, please read these guidelines carefully as they contain important information on Northumbria’s approach to Interviews and our expectations  on how to prepare for, and conduct yourself during the interview.  It is important that you adhere to these to get the most out of your interview.

Download Interview Guidelines 


How do I select my Interview slot?

If you have been selected for interview, you will receive an email inviting you to select a date and time on the applicant portal.

How long will it take to find out if I was successful at interview

In many cases you will find out in the following few days after your interviews if you were successful or unsuccessful. Depending on your interview performance/score we may not always be able to make a decision straightaway. We will let you know if you have received a borderline score that requires further review by the academic team and will aim to get back to you as soon as possible with a final outcome on your application

How will my interview be conducted

Due to current Covid restrictions our interviews are being conducted virtually, via either Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate.  You do not need to download any specialist equipment to undertake this interview. You should however make sure you have access to a computer, tablet or other device that allows video calling. 

I have accepted an interview but can no longer attend can I rearrange

In most cases you can do this via your applicant portal using the cancel interview button and then selecting a new date but you should only do this if there is a genuine reason that you cannot attend the original date as there may not be any other dates available as the cycle progresses. If there are no dates available you will need to contact applicant services and we will do our best to rearrange where possible. Please contact us, in advance of cancelling if you are unsure. 

What is the format of my interview and what do I need to prepare in advance

Each course that requires an interview have different formats or things to prepare.  Your interview may be  individual, group or a combination of both. For some programmes there may be a video to watch in advance, a written test or a scenario to read.  You can access the details of you interview, from the events tab on the applicant portal.


How do I submit my portfolio

You should submit your portfolio via the applicant portal. You will receive an email explaining when to submit,  how to do this and what your portfolio should contain.

What should my portfolio look like

undergraduate portfolio guidelines can be found here


Postgraduate portfolio requirements can be found here 

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