Interview Information: Graphic Design 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. 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:

  • 1 December 2017
  • 20 January 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?

  • Your portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • A passport-sized photograph (this is used for identification purposes)

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to 40 applicants to each interview session.

You'll be asked to drop your portfolio and work into the Graphic Design studio. You'll receive an introduction to the school and course (including a Q&A session), a tour of immediate facilities, and you'll be assigned an individual interview. Individual interviews last approximately 20 minutes, where you'll have the opportunity to present your portfolio, and answer questions about your work and interests within the subject. After your session you're welcome to stay on campus to revisit the studios and meet with current students.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

A member of the academic staff will hold a 20 minute interview with you via telephone. We like to reflect on the same requirements as best as possible, as our in-person on campus interviews.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio and selecting the work you want to show us. We advise you include about 20-30 pieces of work and recommend you include the following:

  • Drawings
    Please select a minimum of five drawings. These can be from sketch books but you may also have object or life drawing studies too.
  • Sketch books
    We want to see the journey of your thinking. We're not judging how good or bad the drawing is, the important thing we look for is how it can communicate research and ideas. This is a key skill that all design requires. Your research will show us your ability to critically reflect on the needs of a project and how you find and use diverse sources that inspire and inform your projects and study.
  • Projects
    Please select a range of projects you've worked on. Select a minimum of five, including at least three which demonstrate the entire process from initial brief to final outcome. Some can be unfinished or work in progress, if you're proud of the ideas you've created.

We're also interested in how you make your work, so please include photographs of 3D pieces and experiments.

This is not a precise guide but gives you an overview of what you may wish to bring, so we can evaluate different aspects of your potential for graphic design at Falmouth. Ultimately, you'll have your own story and a unique way of seeing the world; this is good for us to see and understand too. Also remember to pace your portfolio well; start and end well, with large and differing types of projects that help tell your story as a creative individual.

Finally, be clear with how you label and communicate the story of your work in your portfolio and interview. Your portfolio should be well-organised and clearly labelled with your name. Ensure that any digital work can be viewed easily. We normally recommend that applicants bring their own laptops but we can provide a computer for viewing if required. Any 3D work should be photographed. Due to the time constraints, please ensure that viewing doesn't exceed five minutes.

 

For those participating in a telephone interview, you'll be required to upload approximately 20-30 images as a PDF document, prior to the interview, using the same requirements outline above for in-person on campus interviews.

We want to understand why you might wish to study graphic design and why at Falmouth. We'd like to be able to see that you have some of the basic building blocks of creative thinking, visual language, and evidence of craft skills and drawing.

We also know that when you work as a designer, you work as part of a team. So we're interested to hear from you as a person: how you're motivated, the activities and interests you have, and the experiences that led you to want to be a designer.

 

Think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Who do you admire?
  • What work have you seen recently that inspires you?
  • Why does graphic design interest you?
  • What particular aspect of the subject do you enjoy most?
  • Why Falmouth?

We'll also ask you questions about the work in your portfolio such as:

  • What have you learnt on this project?
  • Why did you choose this idea?
  • Why does it look the way it does (visual language decisions)? 

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design 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 assessedEvidenced by
Visual Language:
  • What skills knowledge and aptitude do you have for telling the visual story of your work?
  • Quality of drawing/mark-making, typography, composition, and materials
  • You may also have begun to think about the context of your work and the relevance it would have to a specific target audience
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
Design Process:
  • The journey of your projects
  • Depth of your creative enquiry
  • Quality of your ideas
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
Research:
  • How have you investigated the questions of your project work or explored the facts and information that led you to the start and insight for your ideas?
  • Critical thinking and ability to contextualise
  • Ability to provide a rationale for your intended project direction
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • Interview conversation
Entry requirements:
  • Show us your attainment so far and that you meet the desired requirements to study at degree level
  • Qualifications and/or experience
  • Personal statement
  • Reference
Communication:
  • Demonstration of your emergent potential in both visual and verbal articulation
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • 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) Graphic Design course page