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. 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 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. What aspect of film are you most excited about studying, and what do you think your contribution to the culture of Film at Falmouth would be?

This may relate to aspects of development and production, or to the study of film more broadly such as the subject’s history, industrial processes, representation behind or in front of the camera or the position of cinema in global cultural practice.

2. Outside of film, what have you engaged in most recently that has changed your way of thinking?

This may relate to something you have read, listened to, seen or experienced, but we are interested in the impact on your own personal development.

3. What activity do you do outside of your studies that you feel is most important to you as an individual?

This could be something you do in your spare time, such as volunteering, or playing in a band – we want to know more about you outside your life as a student.

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