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.
Please bring your portfolio of photographic work.
Any supplementary evidence of your previous creative and written work. This could include: sketchbooks, workbooks, creative journals, essays.
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.
Please begin by preparing your portfolio. It should contain approximately 20 pieces of your photography and any other artwork you might have, such as 3D work.
Make sure you include relevant and edited work in your portfolio. It must be easy to view and self-explanatory, as it will be reviewed without you being present.
We also want to see evidence of idea development through sketchbooks, workbooks or creative journals. Bring as much as you can to demonstrate your photography skills and your visual awareness.
We also want to see evidence of your research and writing skills, so please include workbooks, notebooks or creative journals if you have them. You may bring examples of essay writing or creative writing if you feel this is relevant to natural history photography.
We will be looking for evidence of the following in your portfolio and supporting work:
- Your images show a strong interest in natural history/conservation and ecology
- Generation and development of ideas
- Visual awareness
- Technical competence
- Written work showing research and analytical skills
You should be able to demonstrate your interest and passion for natural history photography through your portfolio and in other ways, for example, involvement with organisations such as the wildlife trusts, RSPB or National Trust. This could be on an official or voluntary basis.
Before your interview you'll need to prepare your portfolio. We also recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the Marine & Natural History Photography BA(Hons) page and think about your responses to questions such as:
Why do you want to do the Marine & Natural History Photography course?
What are your perceptions of the course?
Why have you chosen to study at Falmouth?
What do you think would be the biggest challenge for you in meeting the requirements for this degree?
How do you cope with working under pressure and to tight deadlines?
What do you hope to achieve from the course?
If we offer you a place and you successfully complete the course, where do you see yourself five years from now?
Are you a member of any conservation groups?
Choose one piece of work from your portfolio and talk us through your reasons why you created that particular image?
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|
|Technical ability: A reasonable level of technical knowledge and skills appropriate for undergraduate study of photography||Portfolio|
|Visual literacy: A good sense of visual awareness||Portfolio|
|Written communication: A reasonable level of research, writing and analytical skills|
|Oral communication: An ability to express ideas and respond to questions in an intelligent and articulate manner||Interview conversation|
|Enthusiasm: A genuine passion for the subject of photography and the natural world||Holistic assessment of portfolio, supporting work and interview conversation|
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.