Interview Information: Marine & Natural History Photography 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 will need to bring:
  • Your portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Creative journals
  • Notebooks

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only:

We invite up to six applicants to each interview session.

You'll have a tour of the campus and the photographic studios, as well as an individual interview with members of the course team. Your portfolio will be reviewed without you being present. Your individual interview will take 20–30 minutes and you'll have the opportunity to talk through your portfolio.

You can expect to be here for about three hours.

Skype/telephone interviews only:

Applicants will be interviewed on Skype or phone by one member of academic staff. Interviews normally last about 20 minutes. You'll have the opportunity to discuss your online portfolio and application form.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio. It should contain approximately 20 pieces of your photography and any other artwork you might have, such as 3D work.

Make sure you include relevant and edited work in your portfolio. It must be easy to view and self-explanatory, as it will be reviewed without you being present.

We also want to see evidence of idea development through sketchbooks, workbooks or creative journals. Bring as much as you can to demonstrate your photography skills and your visual awareness.

We also want to see evidence of your research and writing skills, so please include workbooks, notebooks or creative journals if you have them. You may bring examples of essay writing or creative writing if you feel this is relevant to natural history photography.

We will be looking for evidence of the following in your portfolio and supporting work:

  • Your images show a strong interest in natural history/conservation and ecology
  • Creativity
  • Generation and development of ideas
  • Visual awareness
  • Technical competence
  • Written work showing research and analytical skills
  • Presentation

You should be able to demonstrate your interest and passion for natural history photography through your portfolio and in other ways, for example, involvement with organisations such as the wildlife trusts, RSPB or National Trust. This could be on an official or voluntary basis.

Think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Why do you want to do the Marine & Natural History Photography course?
  • What are your perceptions of the course?
  • Why have you chosen to study at Falmouth?
  • What do you think would be the biggest challenge for you in meeting the requirements for this degree?
  • How do you cope with working under pressure and to tight deadlines?
  • What do you hope to achieve from the course?
  • If we offer you a place and you successfully complete the course, where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • Are you a member of any conservation groups?
  • Choose one piece of work from your portfolio and talk us through your reasons why you created that particular image?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography 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
Technical ability: A reasonable level of technical knowledge and skills appropriate for undergraduate study of photographyPortfolio
Visual literacy: A good sense of visual awarenessPortfolio
Written communication: A reasonable level of research, writing and analytical skills
  • Personal statement
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Creative Journals
  • Notebooks
Oral communication: An ability to express ideas and respond to questions in an intelligent and articulate mannerInterview conversation
Enthusiasm: A genuine passion for the subject of photography and the natural worldHolistic assessment of portfolio, supporting work and 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) Marine & Natural History Photography course page