Interviews, auditions, VDOs and portfolios!

Some of you may be preparing Fine Art/Performance/Media/Design portfolios, some may be preparing audition pieces for Drama/Music/Dance/Circus Arts College, some of you preparing Performance/Media/Design VDO pieces and some of you preparing for face-to-face interviews for a wide variety of subjects. Portfolios can be very specific so take note of how many pieces, their sizes and in what format. Many portfolios are uploaded digitally so you will need to register to a site such as Dropbox or Flikr. Some institutions will ask ...

The visual arts INTERVIEW

Having been a visual arts examiner for the recent visual arts examination session, I have watched more than 100 interviews. I saw some really great interviews, with eloquent and articulate students speaking very well and enthusiastically about their work, providing me with insights and understanding. However, not all interviews were useful or even understandable… 1.      Audio or Video? Either is fine but if it’s audio it’s VITAL that the student identifies the piece of work being discussed. While listening to audio uploads I often ...

Closing that job interview

I saw this video the other day and thought it addressed an issue that many careers advice conversations do not - how to close the interview. I believe this my be a useful video to show your final year students. Clearly, this relates to HRM issues in the Business Management programme (note I am using the new title!), but I see it more as a practical session with students, be it to support an application for university or as a ...

Brave New World: the e-CRB

I’m currently involved in a correspondence on the OCC visual arts forum about the interview, exchanging posts with some teachers who feel that a video of the interview will give a better representation of the interview than an audio recording. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true, but either way the time it’s taking – to set up, record and edit - especially if you have a lot of students – is causing some angst and anguish. Also, they seem to think that ...