(Original post by wastedxtime)
Okay, thankyou so much! I had a letter which gives a little outline of the day..such as this Group A: Group task or something? then Grou B: Writing Task, so I was wondering what the heck those were basically. But thanks for the info! I'm rather looking forwards to it actually, haha.
I forgot about the group task.
The writing task will probs be the short play evaluation.
The group task will (almost definitely) be a small assignment wherein you'll be given the beginning of a script (all stage directions and no dialogue) and be assigned to create the rest of the scene (about a minute in total) with only technical aspects (lights, sound, SM/props). The group will decide on a Lighting Tech, Sound Tech, a DSM (cueing person), 1/2 ASMs (props), a designer and a project leader. They will ask you to try and do a role you don't normally do.
Don't worry too much about this and the quality of the outcome. Its actually a test to see how well you work as a team and how well you work to deadlines. Also, it is a test of character to see if you are the sort of person who would fit in with the institution dynamic. It in no way affects the outcome in any assessment of ability.
The interview is relatively comfortable and informal but VERY important. They will discuss your levels of experience, what areas you enjoy the most and previous projects you have worked on. They will also ask you to analyse your strengths and weaknesses (maybe in relation to a project you have mentioned) so come with some clever, well structured answers for this question. It is also highly advised to bring a portfolio of work, even though it isn't a necessity.
The interview results (and the character assessment from the group exercise) in them basically grading you (out of 100) and the top 25/30 grades or so will be offered places (remember there are over 3000 applicants) and then the next 10/12 will be offered waiting list places.
Even if you are fantastic remember to try and take the interview well the best 6/8 candidates (luckily I was one of these last year) will be offered a DADA which will pay most of your course fees [its £10,000ish a year but a DADA means you only pay £1250 a year. Even better, if like myself, you are from a low income family. If this is the case you'll pay nothing in tuition fees and they may give you a maintenance and living grant. Mines £4,600 a year. So basically, they pay you to attend as you do not have to pay this grant back].
Don't panic though! They know you'll be nervous and this won't affect the outcome. Just be honest and enthusiastic and you'll do way better than those who frantically panic. This is something to do with the Mountview dynamic, I suppose. We are a very bohemian institution and we like things to be very open, honest and laid back (in the most professional of ways). Our site is in an old industrial estate (an old nestle factory to be precise) and you'll get the bohemian vibes from the off. It's very different to (as an Example) Central, which is much more metropolitan (bad explanation but just trying to give you the gist of it).
If you need any more help, let me know