If you've checked your course interview information and you've chosen to respond to a Falmouth Creative Challenge, you can find out how to do this below.
The Creative Projects
In industry, professionals will often work on 'creative projects'. To help you prepare your Portfolio or Presentation for your interview, we've created our own Creative Projects you can respond to.
First you'll need to check what the course you're applying to requires: a Portfolio or Presentation. Once you know that, you can choose one of the Creative Projects below to base your work on.
Although your project will end in either a Portfolio or Presentation, you'll also want to write down the creative process you went through to get to your finished result. For example: what have you researched? How have you developed your ideas? Why did you choose your main idea? Our tutors love to see your thinking. It helps them gain a greater understanding of how you've responded and why you made the decisions you have.
You can record your creative process in whatever method is best for you. You might choose to develop ideas on a sheet of paper, in a sketchbook, or even write a blog.
We will be looking for evidence of:
- Research and problem solving
- Communication and presentation
- Creative content
Further guidance of the kinds of things to include in the Portfolio or Presentation are outlined below. If you still have questions please get in touch. We're always happy to help.
How to respond to the Creative Projects
Make sure you've checked the interview information for your chosen course so you know whether you need to prepare a Portfolio or Presentation in response to the Creative Projects.
If you know which one is relevant to your chosen course, select it below to read about it and then choose a Creative Project to respond to.
What is a portfolio?
A digital collection of your creative work
If you need to provide a portfolio and don't already have one, you can present a digital collection of creative work in response to one of our three Creative Projects. It should be structured to showcase every stage of your response to the Project, from initial research to final proposal.
You'll need to upload a web link to your digital portfolio to the Applicant Portal in order to secure your interview date.
Hints and Tips
The format you choose for your Portfolio is up to you, but it does need to be digital and submitted via an online link that doesn't require a password or login. You could present it as a document or slideshow, or even a video if you have moving image work to include.
- You could choose to present your Portfolio online using free web services such as ArtStation, Dribbble, Behance, Flickr, DeviantArt. Or build your own using Wix, Blogger, Wordpress or even Pinterest.
- Make sure you include good quality photographs or scans of any drawings, paintings, prints, 3D or other non-digital work.
- Consider including captions that give details of the size, medium and content of your work.
- Think about the order you present your work in and how that might impact how the viewer experiences your work.
- Include examples from the whole process, from idea generation and research, to development and experimentation to final outcome(s).
- Remember it's about quality not quantity – aim for between 10-20 pieces maximum.
Already have an existing portfolio?
If you already have a portfolio, you can submit that instead. For more information on this, visit our Portfolio advice page.
What is a presentation?
A persuasive presentation making the case for a big idea
'Presentation' is just a word for telling us about your idea. You'll come up with an idea in response to one of our three Creative Projects and present it to us in your interview.
This could be an idea for a new product, service, event, organised experience, entertainment idea, game, film, television programme, app or even a thought on how you might use coding to solve a practical problem.
You'll present your idea in the interview, so think about whether you would find it helpful to present a slide deck, or if you would prefer to create any accompanying materials, like a blog or typed document.
Hints and Tips
The format you choose for your Presentation is entirely up to you. You could present it in the form of a typed document, a slideshow with accompanying notes, or even as a blog post or website.
- Consider including visual imagery to support your written work.
- Whatever format you choose, remember to include evidence of your idea development and research for whatever idea you're pitching.
- Make sure you present your ideas in a logical order so that your process can be clearly understood by our tutors.
- There is not a specific word count for your Presentation but remember to keep it as engaging and direct as possible.
Project One: Society and Community
Prepare a short story that places you or your central character in a different community to the one that you currently live in. It's worth thinking about a specific scenario or incident to build your narrative on.
Your story could be told visually, through a performance, or in written form, depending on the course(s) you are applying to.
You may wish to consider:
– The viewers perspective: Are they the storyteller, participant, onlooker or are they not part of the story themselves?
– Characterisation within the story.
– The structure of the story. What hooks the viewer/reader/watcher in the first place? Are there plot twists?
– What themes does the story address? Does it have a moral or a message? And does the story depend on points of reference outside of the story?
– The size and scale of the story you're telling: how can you make it concise for the purposes of an interview?
Project Two: Imagine our Future
Imagine our future world – 20, 30, 100 or 1000 years from now – how and where will we live? How will we communicate? What will the natural world look like? What products will we need and use? What might we look like and what might we wear? What stories will we tell of our present and our past? What will we believe in? What games might we play? How will we entertain ourselves?
Using any tools available to you, show us your imaginings of a future world, focusing on responding to one or more of the questions above.
Depending on the nature of your course you may choose to respond to the questions in written, performative or visual form.
Project Three: Environment and Sustainability
When we consider design, joy is often thought of as a nice-to-have, rather than a necessity. Study after study shows that joy makes us healthier, more productive, creative and resilient. It also has a positive impact on our environment. Right now, nothing seems the way it used to be, so what better time than to rest, reflect and design with joy in mind.
Using any means available to you, create, imagine and investigate a future-facing, sustainable response to the idea of joyful design.
Consider the themes presented in the above statement and how might you design a more joyful environment. Depending on your course choice, your response could take the form of visual work, a written piece or a performance.