Falmouth University Graphic Design Portfolio
Deciding on our course
Working in the creative industries is an incredibly exciting career and, whilst you will have already taken important steps through further education or work experience, the decision of where to study for your degree will help give you the first big advantage in establishing yourself as a designer.
We think these key three years of studying are critical to achieving this; becoming great with design ideas and the ability to implement them, building your awareness of modern communications, and gaining insight into some of the very best design companies and inspiration in the UK.
Preparing for application and interview
We want to understand why you might wish to study graphic design and why at Falmouth. We would like to be able to see that you have some of the basic building blocks of creative thinking, visual language, and evidence of craft skills and drawing.
We also know that when you work as designer, you work as part of a team. So we’re interested to hear from you as a person; how you are motivated, the activities and interests you have, and the experiences that have led you to wish to be a designer.
We’ll ask you questions that help us understand you
- Who do you admire?
- What work have you seen recently that inspires you?
- Why does Graphic Design interest you?
- What particular aspect of the subject do you enjoy most?
We’ll ask you questions that help us understand your work and portfolio
- What have you learnt on this project?
- Why did you choose this idea?
- Why does it look the way it does (visual language decisions)
We’re not looking for finished designers in any way, but the potential to become a great one. We know what to look for after many years of nurturing graduates who then go onto careers as designers all over the world but we also know that everyone is different, so there’s no set formula for portfolios. However, there are some pointers that will help you prepare:
- Sketch books: We want see the journey of your thinking, we are not judging how good or bad the drawing is, the important thing we look for is how it can communicate research and ideas. This is a key skill that all design requires.
Your research will show to us your ability to critically reflect on the needs of a project and how you find and use diverse sources that inspire and inform your projects and study.
Good sketch books often have an energy about them, and you can see how stones are turned and routes explored no matter how simple or crazy they might be!
- Project work: We’re keen to see how you respond to a brief, whether this be a graphic design specific or another art orientated piece. Your work will provide evidence of design process and overall use of visual language.
- Written work: We would like to see a recent marked/assessed essay on an art and design subject.
- Drawing: Seen in sketch books but you also may have produced object or life drawing studies as well.
Prior to interview day, you will receive an arrival time and be asked to drop your portfolio and work into the studio. It is important to demonstrate that you are well organised and know about the course (look over this website carefully), so we expect your portfolio to be clearly labelled with your name, and organised to tell the story of your work and projects.
You’ll then have a look around the Woodlane Campus and be given a talk by our Head of Graphic Design, prior to your interview.
Your interview will allow us to assess your communications skills. It will also allow us to see your ability to present work clearly, provide relevant context, and show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject.
Remember to bring some questions with you, be on time and enjoy your trip and day with us.