Interview Information: Illustration 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.


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?

  • Your portfolio
  • Development sketchbooks
  • Worksheets

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

We invite up to around 20 applicants to each interview session.

The interview session includes a group interview, a tour of the studios, the chance to chat to current students and a Q&A. You'll be interviewed in small groups by three members of staff and one student for about 20-25 minutes. You'll talk to one person at a time, not a panel of people. We'll ask you to select examples from your portfolio and sketchbooks to support your answers to our questions.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only

Telephone interviews will be conducted by one member of academic staff and will last 20-25 minutes. The interviewer will have access to your online portfolio upload during the interview and you are advised to do the same, to enable you to discuss your work examples easily. At the end of the interview you'll have the opportunity to ask questions. 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.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio.

A strong portfolio will focus on drawing, the development of ideas with good use of colour, composition and appropriate use of media. It should be well-presented, current and logically organised so you can easily find what you're looking for. It'll show that you can think creatively and conceptually.

Your portfolio should not exceed 30 individual pages.

If you're participating in a Skype or telephone interview, you will be asked to provide an online portfolio for consideration.

Please also prepare by thinking about your responses to questions such as:

  • Why have you chosen to study Illustration at Falmouth?
  • How does your work provide evidence that you can think creatively/ conceptually?
  • How would you describe your approach to drawing?
  • What aspect of illustration at Falmouth really engages you?
  • What interests outside of the visual arts do you have?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Illustration 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

  • Visual problem-solving ability with a specific focus on ideas generation
  • Examples may include 'mind maps', word associations, thumbnail sketches, reflective analysis and research


Development sketchbooks


  • Development of 'visual language' in drawing, lide drawing, media, mark-making experimentation, reflective analysis and finished pieces
  • Examples may encompass drawing (experimental and/or academic), 'wet' media (paint), printmaking, photography, moving image, 3D assemblage, collage or any combination of the above


Development sketchbooks


  • Good contextual understanding of what illustration is
  • Contexts may include 'editorial', 'narrative', 'information Illustration', 'advertising' etc.

Your personal statement

Interview conversation

  • Confidence in your own abilities and prepared for the challenges of Higher Education
  • Good communication skills

Your personal statement

Interview conversation

  • Theoretical understanding of issues pertaining to the visual arts

Your personal statement

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) Illustration course page