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 Portalif 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.
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.
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.
Your portfolio 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.
As well as preparing your portfolio, have a 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?
You should also familiarise yourself with the BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography course page
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:
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.