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
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 of work should consist of about 20 pieces. We would like to see current work, even if it's not textiles-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 recommend you mount your work on plain white cartridge paper, not on heavy mounting board. We request that you do not put your work in plastic sleeves. 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
Use of a wide range of media
Growing understanding of the design process
Investigations into production methods and skills in textiles, if possible
Experimentation with colour and pattern
Ability with IT, if relevant to you
Before your interview you'll need to prepare your portfolio. We also recommend you familiarise yourself with the information on the Textile Design BA(Hons) page and think about your responses to questions such as:
Why have you chosen to study Textile Design at Falmouth?
What aspect of textile design really engages you?
What are you looking forward to doing most on the course?
Which artists, designers or practitioners have you found relevant to your own practice?
What else do you get involved in, besides your current studies?
You'll be asked to select examples of your work to illustrate your answers to interview questions, providing evidence of your approach to drawing and developing ideas, and a commitment to and enthusiasm for textile design.
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||Evidenced by|
Demonstration of a range of creative skills (either completed work, as a result of organised projects, and/or development of your own independent studio work)
Demonstration of textile related ideas which evidence and combine both conceptual thinking and practical skills
Demonstration of effective design communication skills, problem-solving skills & ability to draw
Visual investigation through drawing, mark-making, composition, colour, form, image manipulation, placement, pattern etc.
|Ability to think critically and demonstrate ideas development|
|Knowledge of textile design practitioners, other artists/designers and a demonstrated sense of how this knowledge relates to your own work|
|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.