Interview Information: Press & Editorial Photography 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
2. How can I find local overnight accommodation?
For a list of local hotels and B&Bs visit the Falmouth Town website
Our campus locations are on our How to Find Us page
3. What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring your portfolio and any other supporting work, such as published materials. If you have audio visual work or any portfolio material that is online or requires a computer, please bring either your laptop or a memory stick containing the material.
4. What will happen at my interview?
In-person on campus interviews only
You'll have a tour of the campus and the photographic studios, as well as an individual interview with members of the course team where you will have the opportunity to talk through your portfolio and get a chance to learn more about the course. Your individual interview will take 20–30 minutes.
You can expect to be here for about three hours.
Skype/telephone interviews only
Applicants will be interviewed on Skype or phone by one member of academic staff. Interviews normally last about 20 minutes. You'll have the opportunity to discuss your online portfolio and application form.
5. How can I prepare for my interview?
Begin by preparing your portfolio, which should contain 20 examples of your strongest photographic work, as well as any sketchbooks and journals that evidence your writing skills. We are looking for work that evidences:
- A strong interest in visual storytelling
- Creativity and ideas generation
- Technical competence
- Knowledge and understanding of current events Above all, we are looking for candidates who demonstrate a passion for visual storytelling.
Think about how you would answer questions such as:
- Why do you want to do the Press and Editorial Photography course?
- What are your perceptions of the course?
- Why have you chosen to study at Falmouth University?
- How do you cope with working under pressure and to tight deadlines?
- What do you hope to achieve from the course?
- Choose one piece of work from your portfolio and talk us through your reasons why you created that particular image?
- If you could go anywhere in the world to create a photographic story, where would you go?
Please familiarise yourself with the BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course page
6. What are you looking for in a successful applicant?
The successful applicant will evidence their enthusiasm and commitment to visual storytelling and photography by presenting a considered portfolio that demonstrates their technical skills, creativity and good sense of visual awareness. A well-written and heartfelt personal statement coupled with the ability to communicate well during the interview. Because of the creative nature of our course, BA (Hons) Press and Editorial Photography takes a holistic approach to each individual applicant and what we most look for is a passion for the subject matter and an eagerness to learn. You will be able to demonstrate your skills and commitment according to the following criteria:
Criteria to be assessed
Entry requirements: Show us your attainment so far and that you meet the desired requirements to study at degree level evidenced by
Course specifics: Tell us why you want to study Press and Editorial Photography at Falmouth
Research: Identify and articulate an understanding of photography and visual storytelling
Communication: An essential part of your education and your future, this is a core skill and we wish to see your potential in this area.
Motivation: Demonstrate that you are self-motivated, hard-working and driven to tell visual stories If you are invited to an interview:
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.
8. Any more questions?
Please don't hesitate to let us know in the Admissions team:
- 01326 213730
- Enquiry form
Return to the BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course page