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.
- Your portfolio
- Personal notebooks
- A passport-sized photograph (this is used for identification purposes)
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.
We advise you include about 20-30 pieces of work and recommend you include the following:
Please select a minimum of five drawings. These can be from sketch books but you may also have object or life drawing studies too.
- Sketch books
We want to see the journey of your thinking. We're not judging how good or bad the drawing is, the important thing we look for is how it can communicate research and ideas. This is a key skill that all design requires. Your research will show us your ability to critically reflect on the needs of a project and how you find and use diverse sources that inspire and inform your projects and study.
Please select a range of projects you've worked on. Select a minimum of five, including at least three which demonstrate the entire process from initial brief to final outcome. Some can be unfinished or work in progress, if you're proud of the ideas you've created.
We're also interested in how you make your work, so please include photographs of 3D pieces and experiments.
This is not a precise guide but gives you an overview of what you may wish to bring, so we can evaluate different aspects of your potential for graphic design at Falmouth. Ultimately, you'll have your own story and a unique way of seeing the world; this is good for us to see and understand too. Also remember to pace your portfolio well; start and end well, with large and differing types of projects that help tell your story as a creative individual.
Finally, be clear with how you label and communicate the story of your work in your portfolio and interview. Your portfolio should be well-organised and clearly labelled with your name. Ensure that any digital work can be viewed easily. We normally recommend that applicants bring their own laptops but we can provide a computer for viewing if required. Any 3D work should be photographed. Due to the time constraints, please ensure that viewing doesn't exceed five minutes.
For those participating in a telephone interview, you'll be required to upload approximately 20-30 images as a PDF document, prior to the interview, using the same requirements outline above for in-person on campus interviews.
We want to understand why you might wish to study graphic design and why at Falmouth. We'd like to be able to see that you have some of the basic building blocks of creative thinking, visual language, and evidence of craft skills and drawing.
We also know that when you work as a designer, you work as part of a team. So we're interested to hear from you as a person: how you're motivated, the activities and interests you have, and the experiences that led you to want to be a designer.
Think about your responses to questions such as:
- Who do you admire?
- What work have you seen recently that inspires you?
- Why does graphic design interest you?
- What particular aspect of the subject do you enjoy most?
- Why Falmouth?
We'll also ask you questions about the work in your portfolio such as:
- What have you learnt on this project?
- Why did you choose this idea?
- Why does it look the way it does (visual language decisions)?
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 assessed||Evidenced by|
What skills knowledge and aptitude do you have for telling the visual story of your work?
Quality of drawing/mark-making, typography, composition, and materials
You may also have begun to think about the context of your work and the relevance it would have to a specific target audience
The journey of your projects
Depth of your creative enquiry
Quality of your ideas
How have you investigated the questions of your project work or explored the facts and information that led you to the start and insight for your ideas?
Critical thinking and ability to contextualise
Ability to provide a rationale for your intended project direction
Show us your attainment so far and that you meet the desired requirements to study at degree level
|Qualifications and/or experience|
Demonstration of your emergent potential in both visual and verbal articulation
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.