I was interviewed for Manchester School of Art last year, so I roughly knew what to expect – there would be a questionnaire in the beginning asking about my favourite designers and recent galleries I had been to, and it would be a group interview, prior to which my portfolio would be looked through by the tutor while I was given a tour of the university. As I assumed, this was the case, and it meant I had prepared successfully. When given the tour of the university, I fell in love with it. The facilities are amazing, just two floors down from the design room are umpteen ceramics and woodwork rooms, book binding rooms, several lazer cutters and 3D printers, a student materials shop, a renting shop for cameras and such. I loved where the design room was – you had to go up to the fourth floor then down a central staircase, meaning that the room is partially tucked away. Interiors is situated between graphic design and illustration, above textiles and fashion. This is an intentional placement, the tutor said, because interiors work very much with the other students on large projects. I found this really exciting because it felt like the School of Art was one big class, rather than separate degrees which don’t ever interlink.
I am unsure how the interview itself actually went. I was in a group with two other foundation students and one BTEC student. We were all so different and it was hard to identify the strongest or most successful. We were only asked to speak about one of our pieces in our portfolio, which I felt was very limiting because I wanted to talk about them all and really show off. I can only hope the tutors properly looked through my portfolio during the tour. After I had spoken about one of my pieces, I was asked to explain my current project, to which the tutor offered some advice. One of these things were that I need to record my designs and workings in a skecthbook, so I showed the sketchbooks I had brought, but she didn’t seem too interested. I tried to seem really engaged when the other students showed their work but at the same time I didn’t want to interupt their time with the interviewer. Coming out of the interview, I felt a little disheartened and unconfident. I feel frustrated that I couldn’t say everything I wanted to say but fingers crossed I was successful and it was taken into account how limiting group interviews are. Overall, I am trying to remain hopeful, but the tutor didn’t give anything away at all, so now it’s just a waiting game. I think attending this interview reiterated my initial love for this university. After the Leeds interview, I had been torn, but visiting Manchester again puts it back on the top of my list.