University of Derby Interview

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University of Derby Interview

University of Derby Interview, Students applying to the School 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 School 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.

Contemporary Theatre and Performance Interviews

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