What to expect at your Interview

Your day will consist of the following:

  • One to one interview with a member of the Architecture and Design team
  • Tour of the facilities

Frequently asked questions

What will I need to bring?

  • A portfolio of your work
  • A valid form of I.D such as a passport or driving licence

What do you expect to see in a portfolio?

The portfolio is a very important part of the application process. It should reflect broad examples of your work. This will be used as evidence of your creative ability and potential.

Your portfolio may include paintings, drawings, sketches, a personal sketchbook, design and photographic work, 3D-modelling, work in progress, etc. It should exhibit an understanding of spatial awareness.

We do like to see the creative and planning processes that have contributed to your work, not just the final pieces. We also like to see some work that reflects your own personal interests, i.e. work that you might have undertaken in your own time.

We want to see your passion for your work and you’re expected to present the portfolio in a positive and interesting manner. You will be expected to display care and thought in the way that your portfolio is presented; the organisation is no less important than the content.

Your interviewer will be particularly interested in what you enjoy and projects that you have been pleased with so it’s important to convey this to them.

You should have the ability to be self-critical and extend verbally your thoughts and ideas about how you might improve and explore your initial ideas.

How long will the interview process last?

Your interview including your portfolio viewing will be 20-30 minutes one to one interview with at least one senior member of the teaching staff who works on the programme that you have applied for.

The portfolio day usually starts at 10am expecting to finish by 1pm or starting at 2pm expecting to finish by 5pm.

If you are applying for the (BSc (Hons) Architecture ARB/RIBA Part 1 (with Foundation Year) programme, you would have been allocated a specific time slot. Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before your allocated time slot. If you are travelling a fair distance, why not plan your day so you can see what East London has to offer.

Where do I need to go?

You will need to report to room UEL Main Reception at 2pm and wait for a member of staff to come and collect you.

How do I get to the Docklands campus?

The University is situated opposite Cyprus Station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). On entering the main University Square, turn right and walk between the West and North buildings to the rear car park and make your way to the AVA building which is well sign posted.

Find out how to get here 

Please note that parking is restricted to permit holders only

What happens if I do not attend an interview?

If you fail to attend the interview (without prior notification) your application will be withdrawn and the decision will be confirmed to UCAS.

What will happen after the interview?

You will receive notification of our decision via UCAS within 3 working days of your interview.

What if I have any additional requirements?

If you have any special access or communication requirements for your interview, please let us know prior to your visit by emailing us at study@uel.ac.uk

Can I bring my family or a friend?

Yes you can bring family or friends along. They will be able to join the tour, however not attend the interview with you. We have several eateries available on campus for them to wait whilst you are being interviewed. 

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Further information

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at study@uel.ac.uk or by calling 020 8223 3333

Good luck! We look forward to welcoming you.