Bournemouth University Interview Questions

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Bournemouth University Interview Questions

Interview information for Health & Social Sciences students

If you are applying for one of the following courses, you will be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process:

Admissions process

If your application for one of the above courses is shortlisted, you will receive an invite to attend an interview. Please ensure that you have replied to any of our prior queries before attending your interview.

Things to consider before your interview

  • Why do you want to study the course?
  • Why Bournemouth?
  • What is your understanding of the profession?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is it about the course at BU you like most?
  • What aspects of the course do you think you will find most challenging, and how will you overcome these challenges?
  • Why do you want to work with people?
  • Have you considered other professions and why have you chosen this one?
  • What will you bring to group work?
  • What kind of study facilities do you think you would like to access? (e.g. library resources)
  • Do you have any questions?

Dos and don’ts to nail the interview


  • Prepare – get to know about the course, the university and the profession beforehand
  • Ask someone to practise interviewing you so you get used to answering questions in a formal setting
  • Think about why you really want to come to BU and to this profession
  • Show how enthusiastic you are
  • Be yourself
  • Be honest
  • Arrive early
  • Make eye contact
  • Remember to bring important documents and do any pre-interview work that is required
  • Make sure you have plenty of time so if you are driving, make sure there is enough time on your parking meter or book a late train home.


  • Be late
  • Look scruffy – remember this is an interview, dress smart but not over the top
  • Let nerves or shyness get you down – you’ve got this far, be confident and positive
  • Forget to check the time and place of your interview
  • Dominate, it’s not how much you say that counts in a group interview but also how well you work with others
  • Pretend you know things that you don’t. It’s fine to not know everything and much better to be honest.

What to bring to your interview

Please bring one passport-sized photograph of yourself, with your name clearly written on the back.

Please do not bring along educational certificates and identity documents – if you successfully gain a place we will ask for further documentation then.

If you are attending an interview for the BA (Hons) Social Work degree, you should also bring a copy of your supplementary application form for you to refer you – please note we will be unable to provide you with a copy of this on the day. We are happy for you to take this and any other notes you may have into the interview.

Interview information for Design applicants

So that you are fully prepared to come along and discuss your application with us, we’ve put together some information to help you prepare for the day. Remember, this is a good opportunity for you to find out more about your course and BU too.If you are applying for one of the following courses you will be asked to attend a 1-to-1 meeting with one of the teaching team as part of the selection process:

What happens on the day?

You are welcome to bring a friend or relative along on the day. They will be able to attend all the presentations, but for your 1-to-1 you will be by yourself.

In the morning there will be an optional talk about BU’s accommodation options, fees and funding your degree, and tours of Talbot Campus. Everyone will need to attend the afternoon sessions, during which you will attend a presentation about Design courses at BU, and a more in-depth presentation on the course you have applied to. Our student ambassadors will be on hand to chat to you in an informal setting whilst you are waiting to see a member of the academic team, and will also take you on a guided tour of the labs and workshops.

How does the process work?

You will spend about 15 minutes with a member of the academic team on an individual basis. We’d like you to bring a portfolio of work, which may be used as the basis of your discussion with one of our academics.

We want to ensure you can demonstrate the right aptitude and have the right educational background for the course you have applied for. If you are successful, you will be made a verbal offer of a place on the day, which will be followed up formally.

What do I need to bring with me?

For Product Design courses, a good overview of your creative work. For example: drawings, school projects as well as projects outside of school. We want to see creative ability, problem solving and maybe some evidence of model making or workshop activity.

Industrial Design – Life drawings, 3D modelling that demonstrates skills with the conventional materials; wood metal or plastics. A portfolio needs to show 3D composition capabilities typically using these or similar materials. Our Industrial Design course takes these base skills and turns them to use for Industrial Design using industry standard computer modelling tools.

Design Engineering – examples of any technical work you have created. This could be science or technology related, from a school or external project at any level.

Where and when will interviews be held?

All interview events will be held on Talbot Campus – you’ll find maps, directions and postcodes for satnav users here.
Please note there is limited parking on Talbot Campus, which is pay and display.

The date and time of your interview session will be available through myHub, and you will receive details of how to access myHub once you have applied to BU.

What about additional learning support?

In accordance with Bournemouth University’s Dignity, Diversity and Equality Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us if you require additional support with physical access, audio content, or have visual-specific requirements. We have a dedicated additional learning support team and will do our utmost to meet your requirements. If you have been diagnosed with any additional learning needs and did not indicate as such on your UCAS form, please inform us now, so we are aware.

And finally

The dress code is smart casual.

Please note that applicants attend these sessions at their own cost and BU is not able to refund any expenses incurred.

Interview information for Computer Animation applicants


If you are applying for one of the following courses, you’ll be asked to provide a portfolio and attend an interview as part of the selection process:

What to expect on the day

On the day of the interview you’ll be asked to complete three tests (or just two if you’ve applied for the BSc (Hons) Software Development for Animation Games & Effects course). These tests are:

  • A multiple choice maths test, to GCSE level for Computer Animation Arts applicants, and to AS level for all other applicants. If you’ve applied for Computer Animation Arts or Computer Visualisation & Animation, the test will take 30 minutes. If you’ve applied for Software Development for Animation Games & Effects, it will last for an hour.
  • A multiple choice logic test, which involves reading a paragraph of text and using reasoning to determine the correct answers.
  • A one-hour life drawing test, for Computer Animation Arts and Computer Visualisation & Animation applicants only. During this time, you’ll be sketching one, five and ten minute poses of a nude model in our studio. We expect you to have a minimum of 25 hours of life drawing experience.

When are tests marked?

A member of staff will grade your tests before your interview, so we may discuss the results of them with you.

What happens in the interview?

Our interviews typically last for around half an hour and are conducted with a member of staff from the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA). If you’re applying for Computer Animation Arts or Computer Visualisation & Animation, you’ll be expected to show us a portfolio of your work. This is optional if you’ve applied for Software Development for Animation Games & Effects.

We’ll also talk to you about why you want to join the course and can give you an insight into what to expect during your first year. Don’t be discouraged if we recommend that you apply for a different one of our courses – we want to make sure you’re happy at university, and that you’re able to succeed in your degree.

What should be included in a portfolio?

We want you to demonstrate a keen interest in the areas of moving image, animation and visual effects. Portfolios should include, but not be limited to:

  • Observational studies in any medium, such as still life, environments (interior, exterior, architectural studies, perspective studies), lighting studies, colour studies or anatomy studies.
  • Sketchbook and works demonstrating self-motivated study and research. We need you to show us work that you’ve done away from your studies – anything that you can talk passionately about.
  • Life drawing.
  • Work that demonstrates creativity and proficiency in composition, form, structure, colour and design, in both 2D and 3D. Examples include character design, environment design, illustration, graphic design, product design, media design, photography and sculpture.
  • You can bring a showreel of moving image work if you want, but it’s not essential.

Throughout your portfolio, we’ll be looking for an appropriate application of detail, although this detail shouldn’t be at the expense of strong form and structure.

Interview information for Television Production applicants

​If you are applying to this course, you’ll be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process:

What to expect on the day

The day will be structured as follows:

  • 12:30 – 13:00 Registration (Poole House Reception)
  • 13:00 – 13:30 Introduction to the course
  • 13:30 – 16:30 Interview/Film Critique/Television Studio Activity

Your Film Critique and Television Studio session will be an hour each in duration.

Your interview time will be given to you on the day and will last 20 minutes.


Parents and guests are welcome to stay on campus or take the short trip into Bournemouth town centre. Lunch is not provided, however the University offers a wide range of catering facilities, which you are very welcome to use.

Getting Here

Your Interview Day will be held at:

Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB

Directions to our Talbot Campus


Registration for the day will take place in Poole House reception from 12.30pm

Download a map of our Talbot Campus

Contact us

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

UK Admissions Team Email:

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 965356

We look forward to meeting you and wish you good luck with your interview!