Interview Information: Fine Art BA(Hons)

Location: Falmouth 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. 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'll need to bring:

  • Your portfolio
  • Drawing books, sketch books
  • Workbooks, journals (these can include notes on visits to galleries, museums, exhibitions and events)

Please note, your portfolio can include time-based work such as video and animation. However, you will need to bring the means to play it. A show reel of no more than two minutes will be required for multiple time-based works, as interview time is tight.

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

Fine Art interviews take place on the Falmouth campus, for either a morning or afternoon visit.

Upon arrival student ambassadors will arrange an individual interview time with you, lasting around 20-25 minutes. This is usually with an academic member of staff and a current student, when you will have the opportunity to show your portfolio. The interview is not a test, it is simply a way for us to discuss your work and experience, and for you to ask any questions about the course.

You will also have a tour of the campus, usually with a student ambassador and other applicants, where you will have the chance to ask questions and find out, first-hand, what it's like to study at Falmouth.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

Skype/telephone interviews only Applicants requesting Skype/telephone interviews are asked to send in an online portfolio in advance and will be interviewed over the telephone for about 20-25 minutes by one academic member of staff. Please have your online portfolio to hand, for discussion in the interview. The interview is not a test, it is simply a way for us to discuss your work and experience, and for you to ask any questions about the course. 

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio. Your portfolio should:

  • Be well organised
  • Have work that represents the development of your own independent art work
  • Include a good range of initial visual ideas and studies in preparatory worksheets, and sketchbooks
  • Show some completed visual work, including work generated through projects and independent study
  • Show evidence of work made in selected course projects
  • Show evidence of your ability in drawing that shows some variety in the use of materials and purposes for drawing in the development of your ideas and images
  • Show understanding of the potential of working methods, materials and form

Please note, your portfolio can include time-based work such as video and animation. However, you will need to bring the means to play it. A show reel of no more than two minutes will be required for multiple time-based works, as interview time is tight.

Please be prepared to discuss:

  • Your reasons for applying to Fine Art at Falmouth
  • The work in your portfolio, how it is made and the ideas/artists' work you have used to inform the work
  • The critical contexts of your present interests, such as the artists and ideas that have influenced and motivated you
  • Your experience and understanding of the art that you have seen in exhibitions
  • Your work and experience with insight into your creative practice and in relation to the context of contemporary art

We would also like you to:

  • Think about what you want to tell us during this discussion
  • Think of any questions you want to ask us (please feel free to write these down and bring them with you)

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Fine Art 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:

Criterion to be assessedEvidenced by
The confidence and curiosity to locate and identify a range of source material for potential development

Your portfolio

Other visual work such as drawing books, sketchbooks etc.

The ability to develop visual ideas through drawing and engagement with materials, working methods and skills

Your portfolio

Other visual work such as drawing books, sketchbooks etc.

Enthusiasm, commitment and an open approach to fine art practice

Your portfolio

Other visual work such as drawing books, sketchbooks etc.

Good knowledge and awareness of the context of contemporary fine art

Your personal statement

Your interview conversation

Evidence of written and visual research of artists' work noted in journals, workbooks etc.

Good communication skills

Your personal statement

Your contribution to the interview conversation

A well-organised and well-presented portfolio of visual 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?

Get in touch with the Applicant Services team:

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