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. We offer a range of interview options both on campus and regionally in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London. 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 and are unable to come to Falmouth or a regional interview, you can select to be interviewed online or by telephone.
We'll invite you to an interview through the Falmouth Applicant Portal.
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:
T: 01326 370460 (text/telephone)
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.
You can find details of your interview in the Applicant Portal
You can find a list of alternative dates, locations and interview formats 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.
Please bring your portfolio, sketchbooks and notebooks to the interview.
In person on campus interviews
Please refer to the Applicant Portal for how long your visit will last. As part of your interview you will get a chance to meet members of the course team, current students and have a tour of the campus and facilities. Full details will follow in the post around 2 weeks before your interview.
Regional interviews (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol)
Please refer to the Applicant Portal for how long your visit will last. You will have a chance to meet a member of the course team, current students and have a virtual tour of our campuses. Full details will follow in the post around 2 weeks before your interview.
Open Day interviews
Your interview will take place as part of the open day, please refer to the Applicant Portal for the exact time.
Your interview will take place with a member of the course team at the time given in the Applicant Portal, it will last around 20-30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and you can chat to our current students online using our Ask a Student page.
It is important that you dedicate some time to compiling your portfolio. Your portfolio should consist of about 20 pieces and include both final and developmental work, including artwork and 3D work. Please don't bring large 3D pieces. We'd rather see photographs of these if you have them.
Your sketchbooks and notebooks should show your process and ways of working and include references of spaces, places and buildings that inspire you. Be prepared to say how and why they inspire you too.
Your portfolio should be well organised and clearly labelled with your name.
We would recommend that you read over your personal statement and familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Architecture course page
Think about your responses to questions such as:
- What do you do in your current studies that relates to architecture?
- What do you do outside of your academic studies that relates to architecture?
- What work have you seen recently that inspires you?
- Why does architecture interest you?
- Why did you choose the particular topics and themes in your portfolio?
- How did you choose the selected materials and/or processes?
- Why does your portfolio look the way it does (visual language and spatial thinking decisions)?
Your interview also gives you the chance to ask questions about the course and studying at Falmouth, so have a think about some potential questions to ask.
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
BA(Hons) Architecture requires a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) in GCSE Mathematics, or an equivalent level qualification.
Drawing Abilities: Observational
Drawing Abilities: Developmental
Critical understanding, contextual awareness in Drawing and the visual arts
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.