Interview Information: Animation & Visual Effects BA(Hons)

Location: Penryn Campus

The following information is intended for applicants who have already been invited to an interview, to help them prepare. Please note it may change from year to year.

We invite all applicants who show potential to an interview. Interviews are two-way: they give you the opportunity to show your creative skills and interview us; and they help us to assess further your potential to succeed in your chosen subject. If you are based outside the UK/EU, and are unable to come to Falmouth, you'll be interviewed online or by telephone.

We'll use the Applicant Portal to invite you to an interview:

If, in order to attend an in-person on campus interview, you have any individual requirements due to a long-term health condition, specific learning difficulty or disability, please contact the Accessibility Service as soon as possible:

This will enable us to discuss and put in place any support or adjustments you may require, for example, hearing induction loop, BSL interpreter, adjusted interview time/length, ground floor interview room or information in a different format.


1. Where can I find my interview date and time? Where can I find alternative dates?

You can find details of your interview in the Applicant Portal 

You can also see a list of alternative dates in the Applicant Portal if you're not able to make the one we've allocated to you. If you do need to reschedule we would advise you do this as soon as you can as dates fill up quickly. 

2. How can I find local overnight accommodation?

For a list of local hotels and B&Bs visit the Falmouth Town website

Our campus locations are on our How to Find Us page

3. What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring:

• Your portfolio of your most recent creative work

• Sketchbooks or journals

If you have animation work to show, please have this as a short, ideally one-minute, show reel.

If you haven’t animated before but have story boards, then we would like to see these.

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite between 20 and 70 applicants to each interview session.

First of all, the Animation & Visual Effects team will give a talk to the whole group. You'll have the chance to meet staff and students from the course and ask as many questions as you like. Then every applicant has an individual interview, which will take about 15 minutes each. While you're waiting for your interview, you'll be taken on a tour of the department.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

These interviews will be arranged between 9am-5pm UK time on weekdays. The interview conversation will be approximately 15 minutes and we aim to make phone and Skype interviews as similar to personal interviews as possible.

Please have your online portfolio to hand, for discussion in the interview.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio

You will need to carefully edit and curate your portfolio. It should contain:

  • No more than 20 of your best pieces
  • Examples of your most recent creative work
  • Work produced in a variety of media such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film or designs

We would also encourage you to bring evidence of life or observational drawing and a couple of sketchbooks or journals to show the development of your ideas. Animation is always good to see but not essential. If you do have animation work to show, please have this as a short (ideally one minute) showreel. If you haven’t animated before but have storyboards, then we would like to see these.

You'll be expected to talk about your work, so make sure you're able to do this for each piece you choose to bring or upload.

The kind of questions we're likely to ask you may be:

  • Why have you chosen to study Animation & Visual Effects?
  • What sort of animation or which animator do you admire? Think beyond Disney, Pixar, Ghibli or work you've found on You Tube.
  • What inspires you and what career do you aspire to?
  • What knowledge of the industry do you have?
  • What has made you consider studying Animation & Visual Effects at Falmouth?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects course page

6. What are you looking for in a successful applicant?

A successful applicant will be able to evidence their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject according to the following criteria:

Criteria to be assessed

Evidenced by

Ability to present creative thoughts and responses through a range of media and to articulate the thought processes that lead to the final outcome.

Your portfolio of work supported by a selection of sketchbooks or journals

Ability to articulate a desire and decision to undertake a sustained period of study at HE level.

Your personal statement

Your interview conversation


Knowledge of the specifics of the Animation & Visual Effects course at Falmouth, such as an understanding of how the course is delivered and how the curriculum aligns with the candidate’s ambitions.

Your personal statement

Your interview conversation

Knowledge of key contemporary cultural or historical paradigms.

A demonstrated understanding of the medium and its cultural and historical contexts.

Personal statement

Your Portfolio of work supported by a selection of sketchbooks or journals

Your interview conversation

Ability to be self-motivated, hard-working, resilient, perseverant and a strong team player.

Your personal statement


If you are invited to interview:

School and/or college achievements

Self-initiated projects


7. When will I know the outcome of my interview?

We aim to make all decisions within five working days of interviews. However, in some cases, we might wait until we have held a batch of interview sessions before we make a decision. All decisions will be made online in your UCAS Track account and we will also email you.

8. Any more questions?

Get in touch with the Applicant Services team:

Return to the BA(Hons) Animation & Visual Effects page