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.
- Your portfolio
Please do not bring actual garments (unless you are wearing them), photographs of made garments in your portfolio will do.
In-person on campus interviews only
We invite up to 12 applicants to each interview session.
You will experience a taste of life as a fashion design student at Falmouth by spending time in our studios where you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with current students as well as spend time with academic staff and technicians.
You'll be interviewed in a welcoming group setting but, within that, you'll also be interviewed individually, spending around 20 minutes in conversation with the opportunity to ask questions at any time. You'll be asked to select examples from your portfolio and sketchbooks to support your answers to our questions.
You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.
Telephone interviews only
Telephone interviews will be held with one member of academic staff and will be approximately 15 minutes’ duration.
We'll look at and discuss the digital portfolio you'll have uploaded as well as your UCAS form and personal statement, so please make sure you have access to these. We ask the same questions and cover the same ground as we do in an in-person interview.
Please begin by preparing a portfolio of your work. This should consist of about 15-20 pages. We would like to see current work, even if it's not fashion-related work.
If you construct large 3D work, please take photographs to include in your portfolio. Please don't bring large originals with you. We also suggest you mark the outside of your portfolio in some way so you can easily tell which is the front, to save yourself time and make the most of the interview.
Your portfolio should be:
- Selective and well-edited
- Organised, so you can quickly find what you are looking for
Your portfolio should demonstrate your:
- Ability to investigate and develop ideas
- Skills in drawing and mark-making
- Understanding of the design process
- Investigations into production methods and skills in spotswear or other disciplines
- Ability with IT, if relevant to you
Think about your responses to questions such as:
- Why have you chosen to study Sportswear Design at Falmouth?
- What aspect of Sportswear really engages you?
- What are you looking forward to doing most on the course?
- Which sportswear brands do you find interesting and why?
- What activities do you like to take part in/watch/follow?
A successful applicant will be able to evidence their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject according to the following criteria:
- Demonstration of a range of creative outputs of either completed work, as a result of organised projects, and/or development of your own independent studio work
- Demonstration of Design ideas which evidence and combine both conceptual thinking and practical skills (Portfolio/Sketchbooks to evidence points 1 and 2)
- Demonstration of effective design communication skills, problem-solving skills & ability to draw
- Visual investigation through drawing, mark-making, composition, colour, form, image manipulation, placement, etc. (Portfolio/Sketchbooks to evidence points 3 and 4)
- Ability to think critically and demonstrate ideas development (Portfolio/ Sketchbooks)
- Knowledge of fashion/sportswear design practitioners, other artists/designers and a demonstrated sense of how this knowledge relates to your own work (Portfolio/Sketchbooks/Interview conversation)
- Ability to express ideas verbally, to discuss work and to articulate project strengths and weaknesses (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.