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    For a BA Fine Art course, an in-person interview is typical. The problem is I have extreme social anxiety, and although I could attend the course in person because it's a different context, an actual in-person interview terrifies me. Do you know if it would be possible to get a Skype and/or telephone interview instead in my situation? I know that international students can get a Skype interview for BA art related courses at university typically, I think. I am not an international student but still...? Anyone?
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    (Original post by moon4)
    For a BA Fine Art course, an in-person interview is typical. The problem is I have extreme social anxiety, and although I could attend the course in person because it's a different context, an actual in-person interview terrifies me. Do you know if it would be possible to get a Skype and/or telephone interview instead in my situation? I know that international students can get a Skype interview for BA art related courses at university typically, I think. I am not an international student but still...? Anyone?
    You'll have to ask the uni, but it could be possible. They may ask you to provide a portfolio digitally or via another method. It's definitely worth giving them a ring, or dropping them an email to ask.
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    Hi moon4

    It can be possible - at least for us anyway. I would recommend that when you speak to you each institution that you are interested in, you should try and chat with their Student Services Teams too. They can do their best to manage your expectations and provide support (even if it's just communication internally about what might help you).

    For those incidences where you might not be offered an alternative interview, it could be useful to find out what happens in a face to face to interview in order to help prepare for it.Everyone does interviews slightly differently so you might come across a format that might be sensitive to your anxiety than you imagine.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Lou
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    (Original post by Norwich University Of The Arts)
    Hi moon4

    It can be possible - at least for us anyway. I would recommend that when you speak to you each institution that you are interested in, you should try and chat with their Student Services Teams too. They can do their best to manage your expectations and provide support (even if it's just communication internally about what might help you).

    For those incidences where you might not be offered an alternative interview, it could be useful to find out what happens in a face to face to interview in order to help prepare for it.Everyone does interviews slightly differently so you might come across a format that might be sensitive to your anxiety than you imagine.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Lou
    Thank you so much for your response. Do you think if I requested a Skype or telephone interview because of my social anxiety, that it could lower my chances of being accepted at university?
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    (Original post by moon4)
    Thank you so much for your response. Do you think if I requested a Skype or telephone interview because of my social anxiety, that it could lower my chances of being accepted at university?
    They are obliged to make reasonable adjustments for you and not to discriminate on the basis of disability so at least in theory, it shouldn't lower your chances. Whether it will in practice I honestly can't say, but hopefully if a university is understanding enough to offer you a Skype or telephone interview they also wouldn't hold that against you.
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    (Original post by moon4)
    Thank you so much for your response. Do you think if I requested a Skype or telephone interview because of my social anxiety, that it could lower my chances of being accepted at university?
    Hi again moon4 - as already mentioned, not at all! I would highly recommend speaking with the Student Support teams (or equivalent) at the institutions that you are interested in before or after interview. This helps the uni and you to put preparations in place in advance of the interviews (digital submissions, etc).

    I hope that helps!
    All best,
    Lou
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    (Original post by Norwich University Of The Arts)
    Hi again moon4 - as already mentioned, not at all! I would highly recommend speaking with the Student Support teams (or equivalent) at the institutions that you are interested in before or after interview. This helps the uni and you to put preparations in place in advance of the interviews (digital submissions, etc).

    I hope that helps!
    All best,
    Lou
    Thanks for the response.

    I don't know if this differs from university from university, but if I apply to my choice by the deadline of January 15th... so around early to mid January I would apply, how long typically after that would they want you to have an interview/submit your work? Do interviews go on until February, March, April...?
 
 
 
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