Interview Information: Film 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. 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:

  • 19 & 20 January 2018
  • 15 & 16 February 2018
  • 2 March 2018
  • 16 March 2018

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 only need to bring yourself and your enthusiasm. We want to focus on you as a person, so please don't bring any portfolio work with you. If you've made a short film that you would like us to consider, you may upload it and we will look at this afterwards. However, please note, this is not a compulsory requirement.

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to approximately 40 applicants to each interview session.

Prior to your interview you'll receive a warm welcome from the Director of the School of Film & Television, then the staff team will give you an insight into the course. 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. 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 weekdays. The conversation will be approximately 15 minutes and we aim to make phone and Skype interviews as similar to personal interviews as possible.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

You only need to bring yourself and your enthusiasm. We want to focus on you as a person, so please don't bring any portfolio work with you.

If you've made a short film that you'd like us to consider, please upload it through the Applicant Portal and we will look at this afterwards. You can upload to Vimeo, Google Docs or similar. Please note this is not a compulsory requirement.  

Please read the information under ‘What are you looking for in a successful applicant?’ as it will help you prepare for the interview and understand how we assess your potential.

We would also like you to start to think about the following questions that we will be asking you in your interview. We don't expect you to have memorised your answers to these, but it would be good if you could do some research and start to think about your answers before the day.

  1. Which module are you most excited about and what would be your contribution? (please see the What you'll do section of the course page on the Falmouth University website for details of the modules).
  2. Outside of film and television what have you seen or read that has changed your way of thinking
  3. What do you do beyond your studies that contributes to your community and informs who you are as a content creator/ collaborator?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Film course page and the BA(Hons) Television 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

Entry requirements: show us your attainment so far and that you meet the desired requirements to study at degree level

  • Qualifications
  • Personal statement
  • Reference
  • Interview conversation

Course specifics: you can identify the specifics of the course at Falmouth that lead you to apply

  • Personal statement
  • Interview conversation

Research: you can identify and articulate an understanding of the medium and its cultural and historical contexts to a level that would allow you to progress to university level with confidence

  • Personal statement
  • Interview conversation

Communication: this is an area that will become a core area of your future career skills and we will be wishing to see your emergent potential in this area

  • Personal statement
  • Interview conversation

Motivation: you can demonstrate that you are self-motivated, hard-working, a team player, resilient and that you don't give up!

If you are invited to an interview:

  • School and/or College achievements
  • Personal statement
  • Reference
  • Interview conversation

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) Film course page