Interview Information: Sportswear Design 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. 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
  • Project work
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to 12 applicants to each interview session.

You will be interviewed in a small group with no more than five other applicants, with your portfolios and sketchbooks, by a panel usually consisting of two academic members of staff and two students. You will spend five minutes individually with each panel member and then move on to the next. Following your interview, you will have a departmental tour where you will have the chance to ask any questions and speak to current students.

You can expect to be here for about 3 hours. 

Skype/telephone interviews only

You will be interviewed by a member of the academic staff who will have access to your online portfolio as well as your UCAS form and personal statement. The interview will be conversational and questions will be asked in response to your personal statement and online portfolio. The interview will last for around 15 minutes after which you will have the opportunity to ask us questions about studying on the course.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing your portfolio. Your portfolio should contain a minimum of 30 images. Please select your images carefully. The criteria and evidence listed under ‘What are you looking for in a successful applicant?’ will help you to decide what to include in your portfolio.

We would also like you to think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Which sportswear brands do you find interesting and why?
  • What activities do you like to take part in/watch/follow?
  • What attracts you to want to study Sportswear Design at Falmouth?

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Sportswear Design course page and our Fashion & Sportswear Design Falmouth blog

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
  • Understanding of 3D working with experimentation
  • Demonstration of problem solving and development
  • Understanding of sportswear context
  • Portfolio
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Interview conversation
  • Ability to draw/illustrate
  • Ability to document development
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Demonstration of original thought, critical thinking and visual research skills
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks
  • Appreciation of contemporary sportswear
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Workbooks

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?

Please don't hesitate to let us know in the Admissions team:

  • 01326 213730

Return to the BA(Hons) Sportswear Design course page