Interview Information: Drawing BA(Hons)
Location: Falmouth 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:
- Log in to 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:
- Tel: 01326 370460 (text/telephone)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Where can I find my interview date and time? Where can I find alternative dates?
4. What will happen at my interview?
In-person on campus interviews only
We invite a maximum of six applicants to each interview session.
Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course team while you have a tour of the campus and facilities. You'll then have an individual interview lasting 20-30 minutes with two members of staff. While you are waiting for your interview you'll have the opportunity to chat to other candidates and ask questions of the student ambassadors. The session may also include optional, informal drawing activities (not assessed).
You can expect to be here for about three hours.
Skype/telephone interviews only
A telephone interview can be arranged between 09.00 and 17.00 UK time weekdays. We will look at your online portfolio prior to your interview. You'll have a conversation with one member of the staff team and we aim to make phone and Skype interviews as similar to personal interviews as possible.
5. How can I prepare for my interview?
Please begin by preparing your portfolio. It should contain approximately 20 pieces to show evidence of:
- Observational drawings from real life, not photographs
- Drawings from other sources, including photographs
- Other creative works in different materials
- Problem solving ability
- Project development and research
If you make larger work or three dimensional objects, photographs of these are acceptable.
Please select one or two drawing books, sketch books, workbooks or creative journals that show your ability to communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly, and demonstrate your contextual awareness of drawing and the visual arts.
Please be prepared to discuss your work with us and think about your responses to questions such as:
- What do you know about contemporary drawing practice?
- Why have you chosen to study drawing at Falmouth?
- What other hobbies or interests do you have?
We would also like you to think about questions you would like to ask us.
We recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Drawing 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:
|Criterion to be assessed||Evidenced by|
|Drawing ability: observational drawing skills|
|Drawing ability: developmental|
|Critical understanding and contextual awareness: an interest in and knowledge of the history of Drawing and other visual art and design practices|
|Wider visual ability: creative skills and ideas|
|Communication skills: demonstration of a willingness to communicate your thoughts and ideas|
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.