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Suitability Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition

DT101 (Architecture) 

Applicants for programme DT101 (Architecture) are required to sit both a suitability test and an interview.

Suitability Test

Candidates will be required to undertake a suitability test and if the appropriate standard is achieved, they will be interviewed as part of the selection process. The suitability test is usually held at Easter time and the interviews in mid-May. The test includes assessment in creativity, spatial and verbal reasoning and has been designed to be architecture specific.

100 points is allocated to Suitability Test


Those candidates achieving the appropriate standard at suitability test will be invited to interview. Like the Leaving Certificate entry points the standard may vary from year to year. Candidates called to interview are graded independently by members of the architectural academic staff. The interview aims to further assess the applicant’s creative abilities together with their understanding of the nature of a career in architecture. Whilst it is not a mandatory requirement for the interview, the majority of candidates present for interview with a portfolio.

100 points allocated to Interview

Samples of interview questions

  • When did you first developed an interest in architecture?
  • Do you know what an architect does, in very general terms, and why do you feel you have an aptitude for architecture?
  • Have you read or are you reading any books on architecture?
  • Have you been inspired by the work of any particular architect?
  • Do you have an interest in particular building/place?

A portfolio may contain

  • Photographs of buildings, people and places 
  • Imaginative drawings and paintings of buildings, people and places
  • Evidence of a sense of design, composition, proportion and scale
  • A range of media including drawings, use of pencil or pen or other media.

DT501 (Music), DT506 (Commercial Modern Music) and DT529 (Drama)

All applicants for programmes DT501 (Music), DT506 (Commercial Modern Music) and DT529 (Drama) are required to attend an audition/interview.

Failure to attend a test/audition/interview, or failure to meet the required standard will result in an application for the programme involved lapsing and the candidate not being considered further for them. All assessments will take place during the period March-May each year.

Precise information on dates and times of test/auditions/interviews will be notified directly to each applicant. Due to the large number of applicants and the difficulties in scheduling, applicants should be prepared to attend for assessments at short notice during the above period. The Institute cannot make special arrangements for those who do not respond to, or are not available to deal with, correspondence in respect of tests/auditions/interviews.


This table shows the maximum points allocated for assessment procedures. The points achieved by applicants who are successful in any of these assessments will be added to their Leaving Certificate points score.

Course Code

Suitability Test


Portfolio Review

Audition/ Interview