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.
At Falmouth we really want to get to know you and your music. Whether you're a performer, songwriter, DJ, sound artist, producer or composer, we want to see you at your best, and welcome materials of any style.
Please prepare two examples of your music or creative practice. This can be in the form of a recording, a score, a video or a piece of creative writing. The examples of your music or creative practice will need to be uploaded to YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp or any other open access online service. You should also include a 400 word written statement about the portfolio that details how and why you made the work.
Please note that we are happy for you to perform a short piece during your interview if that would help us get a better sense of your music making. If you want to perform, you’ll need to bring your own instrument and/or backing track (for example, we can play your backing track from your phone/ipad etc). Backline for guitar, bass, keys, vocals and drums will be provided. If you have any other kinds of technical needs please email email@example.com at least 48 working hours before your 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.
Please be prepared to:
- Talk about the recorded examples of music that you have been asked to prepare
- Answer general questions about your background, interests and experience
We would also like you to:
- Think about what you want to tell us during this discussion
- Think of any questions you want to ask us
This is your chance to find out what you need to know to make an informed decision about your creative future. It is important that you get a feel for whether Falmouth is the right place for you.
We also recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the BA(Hons) Music 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|
Musical ability: skills, craft
Creativity and imagination
|Assessment of portfolio/presentation|
Engagement with interview questions and discussion
Ability to discuss portfolio examples and/or other musical examples critically
Musical and contextual knowledge
Qualifications, predicted grades
|Sustained engagement, motivation and creative potential||Holistic evidence from application form, two examples of music or creative practice, written statement 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.