art school admissions interview questions and how to answer 1 艺术学校的面试问题和回答(一)


What is art for?

We are all part fact and part fiction. We live in our heads more than we do in the present moment. Art plays with that, and that’s why we relate to it more than just facts presented to us. We need it and always have done, from the beginning of human time. (source: Gillian Wearing Interview by Ben Luke)

You often use collage and assemblage, what attracts you to this medium?

When I was a young student, I was very affected by the work of Robert Rauschenberg. It had such a profound impact on me that I knew experiencing his work that I was an artist who collects. Much like my coming to Varla, this was very organic and I simply understood my role as an artist through Rauschenberg’s important work. The act of collecting objects mixing art and life really spoke to me and became my medium to this day. (source: Interview with Pepe Mar on his work safeguarding queer histories)


Can you describe two or three important projects that you have completed?

In your answer, you should show a critical awareness of the standard of your work (aka is it any good?) and how it might sit within a wider context, i.e. its relation to the world, art theory, and other people’s work.

Can you tell us what is important about these projects to you?

Peel back the layers of your work and give a sense of a technical and creative progression. How did you experiment with different materials, styles and skills? How did your interests and technique shift from project to the next - and why? What inspired you? What were you trying to achieve with each project, and were you successful?

Tell us about the trajectory of your career up to this point.

Show you are curious about the world and share any interesting experiences or interests that might reveal something interesting about you.

Why would you like to come to this university?

Your answer to this question needs to demonstrate an understanding of the college and the various resources it has to offer art students. You might want to mention a faculty member whose work you admire or cool facilities you’d like to take advantage of, giving a reason why (e.g. 3D modelling or animation suites, free gallery spaces etc.). Don’t forget to explain why you want to do the course: what about it appeals to you and how might it help you achieve your objectives.

What do you think you could contribute to the culture of the school?

The new recuits are someone who can see themselves as building a collective culture, someone that can be generous and has something to contribute to the group.

What is the most important/relevant/influential/recent book you have read on [insert subject]?

The interviewer is simply trying to figure out whether you actually care about your field enough to have read a few books about your field outside of the classroom. When talking about your book, show you understand the context in which it was written (i.e. why was it so pivotal at the time), but also don’t be afraid to express your own thoughts and emotions about it.


work and personal aspirations


trajectory of one’s career


















a great turning point


collage [ˈkɒlɑ:ʒ]


a rich collage of 20th-century painting styles.


point of origin


Something is wrong at the point of origin.


This show will be the point of origin for my next show.

This show will be the point of origin for my next show 这个展览将是我下一个展览的起始点。


it was the beginning of …

it was the beginning of a long road to being an artist.


It made me realise that …

It made me realise art does not have to be a carefully composed painting.


start doing something after that

I started making clay sculptures after that in my bedroom


neatly sum up …

He neatly summed up how we perform in life


return to

Which writer do you return to the most?


be like

Her writing is like philosophy.


the greatest the world has ever seen

If she had been a philosopher she would have been one of the greatest the world had ever seen.


be far more + adjective

Overrated is far more subjective.


be classified as such

Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and many more have all been classified as such at some point.


It was important for me to do something

It was important for me to take some time to make my music better.


get into the painting itself

I want to get into the painting itself and for the picture to show itself to me.


an inspiration for me

she is still a very important inspiration for me


have a particular obsession with

I had a particular obsession with a rag called The Wire.


one day I came across

One day I came across an issue from the 90s with Varla on the cover.


This immediately captivated me

This immediately captivated me and I wanted to learn more.


as part of my practice for my works

As part of my practice for my works, I go regularly to these stores.


On one visit

I go regularly to these stores. On one such visit, I found Varla’s actual paintings and purchased them.


be fast becoming

It was fast becoming my third major project on this subject.


the viewer will have more of [topic] to experience

In the end, this means the viewer will have more of Varla to experience which is what inspired this project.


to explore in depth

South Beach is the central place which I have explored in depth since I came of age in those 17 blocks.

South Beach是我在这17个街区长大后深入探索的中心地带。

mostly unknown to the public

It’s a particular place full of important histories, mostly unknown to the public.


give somebody a platform to do something

It’s entirely possible to give someone a platform to express their views on a specific topic


become all the more + adj.

It’s more important now because …, a persona like Varla becomes all the more powerful.


a character that I created to do something

Paprika is a character that I created to confront the world we live in, as the “other” or as outsiders.


It’s a character without …

It’s a character without gender, race, religion, sexuality, an embodiment of all beings.


take inspiration from works

I will take inspiration from works in the permanent collection which have rarely if ever been exhibited