The following information is intended for applicants who have already been invited to an audition and interview, to help them prepare. Please note it may change from year to year.
We invite all applicants who show potential to an audition and interview. We offer a range of 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 audition and 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 audition and 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.
Please bring the following:
- Your portfolio
- Development sheets
- Photo documentation of any large scale prototypes
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 begin by preparing a portfolio of your art and design work. Typically applicants will showcase between 4 and 8 projects. Please don't bring large three dimensional pieces. We'd rather see photographs of these if you have them.
Your portfolio should be:
- Current, even if it's not sustainable product design
- Mounted on plain white cartridge paper, not on heavy mounting board
Your portfolio should demonstrate your:
- Design process skills
- Ability to conduct and utilise research to inform design direction
- Ability to generate and develop ideas in response to a brief
- Skills in drawing and mark making
- Use of a range of media
- Understanding of a design process
- Professional practice skills
- Model-making skills in card and lightweight materials
- Ability to use a range of production methods and materials to create prototypes
- Ability to detail designs using 2D and 3D CAD, including renders and technical drawings
Before your interview you'll need to prepare your portfolio. We also recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the Sustainable Product Design BA(Hons) page and think about your responses to questions such as:
- Why have you chosen to study Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth?
- What aspect of Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth really interests you?
- Tell me how and when you use research to develop your design ideas?
- Can you show me a range of how you communicate your design ideas?
- Can you tell me about how you have made a prototype of a design?
- What are you currently involved in besides your current studies?
- What are your ambitions?
You'll be given the opportunity to use pieces from your portfolio to illustrate your answers.
A successful applicant will be able to evidence their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject according to the following criteria:
Criteria to be assessed
drawing/mark-making; composition; colour; form; graphical presentation; creative exploration and development
knowledge of 3D/product design practitioners or other artists/designers; sense of how this knowledge relates to own work
Presentation of work
design process; concept development; investigation into materials and into production methods; technical skills; research and analytical skills
commitment and/or enthusiasm for this subject area; motivation; communication skills; creative thinking
Qualifications relevant to, and perceived aptitude for, the course of study
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.