What to expect at your Interview

Thank you for your application to the University of East London. As part of the admissions process you are required to attend an interview and provide a portfolio of your work.

Your day will consist of the following:

  • One to one portfolio interview with a member of the Architecture and Design team
  • You will be offered a guided tour of all our relevant facilities
  • A general introduction on the structure of our design modules and supporting studies components will be given to you by a member of the Architecture and Design team


Frequently asked questions

What will I need to bring?

  • A portfolio of your work (preferably in printed format)
  • A valid form of I.D such as a passport or driving licence

What do you expect to see in a portfolio?

Your portfolio should demonstrate the equivalent skills and abilities of an ARB/RIBA Part 1 graduate. In summary and in particular, we will look for the following in the portfolio:

  • Evidence of exploratory spatial design techniques including sketching, especially model-making and perspective-based imagery
  • Sound technical knowledge of building design and conventional drawing abilities (plans, sections, elevations)
  • Environmental and structural design knowledge
  • Awareness of architectural history and theory
  • Ability to synthesise the above into architectural proposals
  • Depth of work, engagement and commitment to the subject
  • Presentational skills

Some useful tips to take into consideration:

  • Personal statements should be factual and to the point
  • Portfolios presented in person should be printed at A3 or larger and not in plastic sheaths
  • Year out and practical work experience is relevant and should be presented, but only after the degree portfolio.

How long will the interview process last?

Your interview including your portfolio viewing will be 30-40 minutes one to one interview with at least one senior member of the teaching staff who works on the programme. Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before your allocated time slot.

Where do I need to go?

Please report to office AVA.1.07 (First Floor, Architecture and Visual Arts building at the Docklands campus).

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 of our campus as to make your way to the AVA building which is, well sign posted. If you would encounter any difficulty finding the AVA building, please ask our reception desk staff or the security team on campus.

See travel information here
Please note that parking is restricted to permit holders only.

What if I cannot attend on the date specified?

If you are unable to attend the interview date we have suggested you can decline our invitation through the applicant portal. You can access the applicant portal here www.uel.ac.uk/portal your username is your UEL reference number (e.g.: 1433333) and your password is your date of birth in this format: dd/Mmm/YYYY.

If you have accepted our invitation already but you can no longer attend, just give us a call on 0208 223 3333 and quote your UEL reference number or email study@uel.ac.uk to let us know.

What happens if I cannot attend an interview?

We would highly recommended you to attend an interview and come and see the facilities we have to offer. However we will also accept an electronic portfolio in case you would not be able to attend the interview. This as a single PDF file (no larger than 10MB in size) or a link to an online site or sharing platform.

Please ensure that there are no access restrictions nor expiration dates to your documents.

Please email your portfolio to the Postgraduate Admissions team. The subject of your emails should state ‘Portfolio for Architecture’ and include your student reference number (e.g. UEL ref: 1444444). 

What happens if I do not attend an interview?

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

What will happen after the interview?

You will receive notification of our decision via email within 5 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.

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.