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As well as being part of our admissions process, the interview day is a great opportunity for you to visit us on campus, find out more about our facilities, and meet staff and current students.

small cinema space with screen

Where will the interview day take place?

The interview day will take place at Minghella Studios, which is located on Whiteknights campus at the University of Reading. Read more for further information about travelling to the University of Reading and a map of the Whiteknights campus. Minghella Studios is building number 195 on the campus map.

What do I need to prepare beforehand?

Please be prepared to talk about a piece of film, theatre or television that you have seen recently, as you will be asked to talk about this during your chat with a lecturer.

 

You should be able to talk in detail about one scene or moment you found interesting, with a focus on the storytelling and the creative choices made (such as camerawork, editing, sound, lighting, staging, performance style, as appropriate).

What time will the interview day finish?

The interview day is scheduled to finish by 17:00 at the latest. Please be advised that the interview day will start at 09:50 and you will be welcome to leave after you have had your individual chat in the afternoon.

 

We appreciate that applicants will be travelling significant distances across the country and we try to schedule the chat with a lecturer earlier in the afternoon for applicants whose travel time is two hours or more.

What is the intended schedule for the interview day?


09:5010:45: Please report to reception in Minghella Studios by 09:50.

On arrival, you will be welcomed by members of staff from the Department. A lecturer from the Department will then give you a general introduction to the course, supported by short talks from current students.

 

10:4512:30: You will participate in a practical workshop in a small group, led by a course lecturer.

  • This session will give you a taste of how we teach practical work.
  • The practical workshop will also provide you with an opportunity to show your group work and creativity skills.
  • So you're comfortable doing this work, you should wear suitable clothes and shoes – casual clothes are fine. This is not an "audition" and you do not need any prior experience. This is an opportunity for you to work creatively in small groups and discuss the work you produce with the lecturer.

 

12:4013:40: You will take part in a seminar discussion in a small group with a course lecturer. The seminar discussion will focus on close analysis of a film, theatre or television extract, which we will provide.

  • This session will give you a taste of how seminar discussions run as well as an idea of how we teach film and performance analysis.
  • The seminar discussion will also provide you with an opportunity to show your observational and analytical skills in a group setting.

 

13:4014:30: Lunch break. During this time, you will have a chance to talk to some of our current students who can answer your questions and show you around the Department and our facilities. A range of meals, snacks, sandwiches and drinks can be purchased on campus.

 

14:1517:00: In the afternoon, you will have a chat with one of our current course lecturers for around 10 minutes.

  • This is our chance to hear a little bit more about you and your ideas one-on-one.
  • We will discuss your observations about your chosen piece of film, theatre or television.
  • It will also be an opportunity for you to tell us about any experiences of achievements you feel are particularly relevant to your application.
  • You will also be able to ask further questions about the course and/or the application process.

 

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to raise questions throughout the interview day.

In the meantime, for further information about our programmes and about studying in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, please visit our courses page.


Am I eligible to apply for a travel bursary?

If you are a UK applicant and you either have a disability, have Care Leaver Status or you live in a Widening Participation area (as defined by Higher Education Funding Council for England), you may be eligible to apply for a contribution towards your travel costs to attend this interview day.

 

Pre-Application Bursary Information

Pre-Entry Travel Bursary Information

What if I am unable to attend because I live overseas?

If you are unable to attend one of our interview days because you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), we would be delighted to arrange for a member of our teaching staff to have an extended interview with you via Skype.

 

We would also be happy to put you in touch with one of our current third-year students who can talk to you about the student experience at Reading via Skype.

 

If you live overseas and need to arrange an interview via Skype, please contact admissionssupport@reading.ac.uk to arrange a convenient date and time for your interview. We are unable to offer interviews via Skype for home students, who are required to attend an interview day in person.

Who should I contact if I have further queries?

If you have any further queries before the interview day, please contact admissionssupport@reading.ac.uk.

 

If you need to contact us on the interview day, please contact the Department of Film, Theatre & Television via email at s.a.brunger@reading.ac.uk or via telephone on 0118 378 4090.

If you will be travelling by car on the interview day

Limited parking is available on campus. If you are travelling by car, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know the registration number of the car you will be travelling in so that a temporary parking permit can be arranged for you.

 

You can send this information to Stephanie Brunger at: s.a.brunger@reading.ac.uk.

 

The temporary parking permit will need to be displayed prominently in your car windscreen for the duration of your visit.

A note for parents and guardians travelling with the applicant

The majority of activities taking place during the interview day are student-focused. However, you are more than welcome to join the applicants for the general introductory talk at the beginning of the day, where there will be opportunities to ask questions about the course.

 

After the talk, we have arranged for some of our current students to take you on a tour of the facilities. You are welcome to explore the campus and Reading town centre during the remainder of the day.

We look forward to meeting you at one our interview days soon!