Interview Information: Dance & Choreography 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.

FAQs

1. I've lost my interview date/time, where can I find it? Can I reschedule my interview date?

You can find your interview details and reschedule your interview in the Falmouth Applicant Portal

If you need to reschedule, please do so as soon as you can, to avoid disappointment. Popular dates fill up quickly and we can reschedule only if there are spare places available on your chosen date.

In-person on campus interviews will be held on:

  • 18 & 25 November2016
  • 2 December 2016
  • 20 & 21 January 2017
  • 17, 18 & 24 February 2017
  • 3 & 17 March 2017

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'll need to bring or wear suitable practice clothes. For example, tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt. 

You'll be asked to work on a phrase of dance movement in bare feet as part of the audition. No sound or props will be needed.

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus auditions only

We invite up to 30 applicants to each interview session.

You'll have a guided tour of the campus with student ambassadors and an audition led by core members of the dance staff. The audition will start with a technique class. Following the technique class, you'll break into small groups and be asked to develop your phrase of dance movement with others. There'll also be a creative workshop, a talk about the course with questions and an individual interview. Individual interviews are normally ten minutes each. We aim to make the audition an enjoyable and challenging dance experience for all involved.

You can expect to be here for about 5 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

Telephone/Skype applicants will be interviewed by one member of the academic staff. Interviews normally last between 20 to 30 minutes. You'll be asked questions about your dance experience, your dance work to date and your ambitions as to how you wish to develop your dance practice; also, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please prepare a short phrase of dance movement, which you have choreographed yourself.

For those coming to an in-person on campus audition, your dance movement should be between 30 seconds and 1 minute in length. It will be used for development within a small group during the audition. No sound or props are needed.

For those attending a telephone/online interview, you'll need to upload a link to a short film of your dancing a minimum of 3 minutes in length. The work(s) you upload need to show you, clearly, performing a dance work or series of short dance works created by or for you.

Think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Why do you want to study Dance and Choreography at Falmouth?
  • Which dancers/choreographers have influenced you and why?
  • What performances or books/journals on dance or choreography have you seen or read?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography 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

Physical aptitude, potential and motivation: ability to assimilate movement and respond to information given

  • Technique class and creative workshop or
  • Online examples of dance work

Devising skills: ability to devise and develop movement material and communicate ideas

  • Creative workshop or
  • Online examples of dance work

Collaboration and communication: ability to communicate and work effectively with others

  • Technique class and creative workshop or
  • Online examples of dance work and
  • Interview conversation

Independent thinking, motivation and readiness to think effectively on supplied topic

  • Interview conversation

Overall potential for and demonstrated interest in the Dance & Choreography course

  • Personal statement
  • Interview conversation
  • Technique class and creative workshop or
  • Online examples of dance work

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?

Please don't hesitate to let us know in the Admissions team:

  • 01326 213730

Return to the BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course page