Interview Information: 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.

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:

  • 18 & 25 November 2016
  • 2 December 2016
  • 20 & 21 January 2017
  • 15, 16, 17, 18 & 24 February 2017
  • 3 & 17 March 2017

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
  • Workbooks
  • Creative journals
  • Notebooks

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to 18 applicants to each interview session.

You will 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 3 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 will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about your online portfolio.

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 Photography.

Think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Why do you want to study photography at Falmouth?
  • Who do you think are the most interesting photographers?
  • What exhibitions have you seen and what did you think about them?
  • What books or journals do you read concerning photography and photographic criticism? 

You may be asked to pick out your favourite image from your portfolio and to discuss why you like it.

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

Criteria to be assessed

Evidenced by

  • Creativity

  • Visual awareness

  • Exploring ideas through photography and other media

  • Technical awareness

Your portfolio upload, initially.

If you are invited to interview:

  • Portfolio

  • Sketchbooks

  • Journals

  • Notebooks

  • Any work in progress that might include other media, drawing etc.

  • Communication skills

  • Evidence of research and writing skills

  • Communication skills

  • Evidence of research and writing skills 

Your personal statement initially.

If you are invited to interview:

  • Interview conversation

  • Workbooks

  • Journals

  • Notebooks

  • Engagement with photography

  • Awareness of practitioners

  • Interest in any contemporary trends or histories of photography

  • Engagement with photography

  • Awareness of practitioners

  • Interest in any contemporary trends or histories of photography 

Your portfolio upload and personal statement initially.

If you are invited to interview:

  • Portfolio

  • Interview conversation

  • Notebooks

  • Journals

  • Knowledge of photographic genres and the professional photographic world, through reading and/or attending exhibitions

  • Knowledge of photographic genres and the professional photographic world, through reading and/or attending exhibitions

Your personal statement initially.

If you are invited to interview:

  • Interview conversation

  • Potential, interest, aspiration and commitment to study a broad Photography degree at higher education level

  • Potential, interest, aspiration and commitment to study a broad Photography degree at higher education level

Your personal statement initially.

If you are invited to interview:

  • 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 Admissions team:

  • 01326 213730

Return to the Photography course page