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 also see 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.
You will need to bring:
- Your portfolio
- Drawing books, sketch books
- Workbooks or creative journals
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.
Your portfolio 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
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||Portfolio, drawing books and sketch books, to include drawing from a range of subjects drawn from life, not photographs|
|Drawing ability: developmental|
Portfolio, drawing books or photographs of final pieces
Development work where drawing has been the starting point
Worksheets, design sheets or three dimensional objects
|Critical understanding and contextual awareness: an interest in and knowledge of the history of Drawing and other visual art and design practices|
Notes in sketch books, journals etc.
|Wider visual ability: creative skills and ideas|
Portfolio, drawing books and sketch books, to include examples of other creative work you do, such as sculpture, 3D design, painting, fashion design, etc.
|Communication skills: demonstration of a willingness to communicate your thoughts and ideas|
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.