Interview Information: Textile 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:

  • 19 & 20 January 2018
  • 14 & 15 February 2018
  • 16 & 17 February 2018
  • 2 March 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

4. What will happen at my interview?

In-person on campus interviews only

We invite up to 15 applicants to each interview session. 

You'll be interviewed in a group setting but, within that, you'll also be interviewed individually. There'll be a short talk by a member of the academic team, a tour of the studios, the chance to chat to current students and opportunities to ask questions. You'll be asked 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

Skype interviews will be held with one member of academic staff and will be approximately 20 minutes’ duration.

We'll look at and discuss the digital portfolio you'll have uploaded, so please make sure you have access to it too. We ask the same questions and cover the same ground as we do in an in-person interview.

5. How can I prepare for my interview?

Please begin by preparing a portfolio of your work. This should consist of about 20 pieces. We would like to see current work, even if it's not textiles-related work. 

If you construct large 3D work, please take photographs to include in your portfolio. Please don't bring large originals with you. 

We recommend you mount your work on plain white cartridge paper, not on heavy mounting board. We strongly recommend that you don't put your work in plastic sleeves.

We also suggest you mark the outside of your portfolio in some way so you can easily tell which is the front, to save yourself time and make the most of the interview.

Your portfolio should be:

  • Well-presented
  • Selective and well-edited
  • Organised, so you can quickly find what you are looking for
  • Mounted on plain white cartridge paper, not on heavy mounting board

Your portfolio should demonstrate your:

  • Ability to investigate and develop ideas
  • Skills in drawing and mark-making
  • Use of a wide range of media
  • Understanding of the design process
  • Investigations into production methods and skills in textiles or other disciplines
  • Experimentation with colour and pattern
  • Ability with IT, if relevant to you

Think about your responses to questions such as:

  • Why have you chosen to study Textile Design at Falmouth?
  • What aspect of textile design really engages you?
  • What are you looking forward to doing most on the course?
  • Which artists, designers or practitioners have you found relevant to your own practice?
  • What else do you get involved in, besides your current studies?

You'll be asked to select examples of your work to illustrate your answers to interview questions, providing evidence of your approach to drawing and developing ideas, and a commitment to and enthusiasm for textile design.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Textile 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
  • Demonstration of a range of textiles of either completed work, as a result of organised projects, and/or development of your own independent studio work
  • Demonstration of textiles ideas which evidence and combine both conceptual thinking and practical skills
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • Demonstration of effective design communication skills, problem-solving skills & ability to draw
  • Visual investigation  through drawing, mark-making, composition, colour, form, image manipulation, placement, pattern etc.
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrate ideas development
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • Knowledge of textile design practitioners, other artists/designers and a demonstrated sense of how this knowledge relates to your own work
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Personal notebooks
  • Interview conversation
  • Ability to express ideas verbally, to discuss work and to articulate project strengths and weaknesses
  • 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) Textile Design course page