Interview Information: Popular Music BA(Hons)
Location: Penryn 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: email@example.com
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?
You can find details of your interview in the Applicant Portal
You can also see a list of alternative dates 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.
2. How can I find local overnight accommodation?
3. What do I need to bring with me?
Please be prepared to do a short live performance of two to three minutes as part of the interview, so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 working hours before your interview.
It would also be useful to be able to access any recorded examples of your work. This will be especially relevant if you have recorded and produced your own work as we’ll want to focus on that work. In all cases, we are looking to discuss your performance, writing and composition processes, and any other processes and skills relevant to your work.
4. What will happen at my interview?
We invite approximately 10 applicants to each interview session.
We understand that the idea of the interview can be quite daunting, but really we are trying to find out more about you and what it is you want to do. Likewise, the interview gives you an opportunity to find out more about us.
You'll have a one-to-one discussion with a member of the course team, during which you will be able to discuss your music and also perform a short two to three-minute song/track.
The whole process will take half a day.
Skype/telephone interviews only: you'll have a one-to-one discussion with a member of the course team, during which you will be able to discuss the recorded example of your music you have uploaded and also perform live if possible.
5. How can I prepare for my interview?
Please be prepared to:
- Talk about any recorded examples of music that you have brought with you.
- Answer general questions about your background, interests and experience.
- Perform a short (two-three minute) live performance as part of the audition.
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
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.
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|
Recorded Example of your music or creative practice
|Interview and audition performance|
Qualifications, predicted grades
|Holistic evidence from application form, example of music or creative practice, live performance and interview conversation|
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.