If you've checked your course interview information and you've chosen to respond to a Falmouth Challenge, you can find out how to do this below.
Additional application support during the pandemic
We understand that the pandemic might mean you don't have access to all your work or the facilities you usually would have. This may make it harder for you to create your portfolio or record your performance, depending on the course you've applied for. We don't want you to worry about this so we've provided some helpful advice to support you in the 'how to respond to the Challenges' section.
In industry, professionals will often have to respond to a brief. These Challenges are our version of a brief – we want to see how creatively you can respond to an idea or a situation. Choose one of the three Challenges below and create your own response to it.
It's important to make a record of your workings as you go about completing the task. Our tutors love to see your thinking processes in action. It helps them gain a greater understanding of how you've arrived at your response. For example: what have you researched? How have you tested and developed your ideas?
You can use whatever method is most appropriate for you to document your thought process. You might choose to develop ideas on a sheet of paper, in a sketchbook, create a short PowerPoint presentation or even write a blog. Whatever format you choose, just make sure that you explain your thoughts and ideas clearly and in an informed way, so that the tutors can understand why you've made the decisions that you have.
We will be looking for evidence of:
- Research and problem solving
- Communication and presentation
- Creative content
Further guidance of the kinds of things to include in the Portfolio, Pitch or Performance are outlined below. If you need further guidance for the course(s) you plan to apply to, plese get in touch. We're always happy to help.
How to respond to the Challenges
Make sure you've checked the interview information for your chosen course so you know whether you need to prepare a Portfolio, Pitch or Performance in response to the Challenges.
If you know which one is relevant to your chosen course, select it below to read about it and then choose a Challenge to respond to.
What is a portfolio?
A digital collection of your creative work
If you need to provide a portfolio and don't already have one, you can present a digital collection of creative work in response to one of our three creative Challenges. It should be structured to showcase every stage of your response to the Challenge, from initial research to final proposal.
You'll need to upload a web link to your digital portfolio to the Applicant Portal in order to secure your interview date.
Hints and Tips
The format you choose for your Portfolio is up to you, but it does need to be digital and submitted via an online link that doesn't require a password or login. You could present it as a document or slideshow, or even a video if you have moving image work to include.
- You could choose to present your Portfolio online using free web services such as ArtStation, Dribbble, Behance, Flickr, DeviantArt. Or build your own using Wix, Blogger, Wordpress or even Pinterest.
- Make sure you include good quality photographs or scans of any drawings, paintings, prints, 3D or other non-digital work.
- Consider including captions that give details of the size, medium and content of your work.
- Think about the order you present your work in and how that might impact how the viewer experiences your work.
- Include examples from the whole process, from idea generation and research, to development and experimentation to final outcome(s).
- Remember it's about quality not quantity – aim for between 10-20 pieces maximum.
Don't have access to all your work?
If you've started your portfolio but now don't have access to all of your work we understand. Don't hold up your interview, just create the portfolio with what you have and add a note if you want to mention bigger pieces that you don't currently have access to. Once you've uploaded your portfolio link, we can then invite you to interview, and you can always talk us through the pieces you couldn't include.
Already have an existing portfolio?
If you already have a portfolio, you can submit that instead. For more information on this, visit our Portfolio advice page.
What is a pitch?
A persuasive presentation making the case for a big idea
'Pitch' is just a word for the presentation of an idea. You'll come up with an idea in response to one of our three creative Challenges and present your pitch to us in your interview.
This could be an idea for a new product, service, event, organised experience, entertainment idea, game, film, television programme, app or even a thought on how you might use coding to solve a practical problem.
Usually applicants would have a short report featuring bullet points and examples of other solutions to support their own case. It's worth considering how you could order your ideas and reasoning to make your Pitch as compelling as possible!
You will pitch your idea in the interview, so think about whether you would find it helpful to present a slide deck, or if you would prefer to create any accompanying materials, like a blog or typed document.
Hints and Tips
The format you choose for your Pitch is entirely up to you. You could present it in the form of a typed document, a slideshow with accompanying notes, or even as a blog post or website.
- Consider including visual imagery to support your written work.
- Whatever format you choose, remember to include evidence of your idea development and research for whatever idea you're pitching.
- Make sure you present your ideas in a logical order so that your process can be clearly understood by our tutors.
- There is not a specific word count for your Pitch but remember to keep it engaging and as succinct as possible.
What is a performance?
A recorded example of your practice such as singing, acting or dancing
If your course requires a performance, and you don't already have one recorded, you can present a recorded performance in reponse to one of our three creative Challenges. You'll need to upload a link of your recorded performance to the Applicant Portal in order to secure your interview date.
In preparing for your Performance, it's worth producing a short, written document that supports it and provides further context for both you and the tutors to understand your thought process in putting it together.
Hints and Tips
You don't need to have any fancy equipment to record your Performance – smartphones, tablets, or even webcams could all be used.
- While you're not going to be judged on the quality of your recording, you will want to think about how you can capture your Performance in a way that does it justice. Think about the angle of the camera, the lighting and the location.
- Aim to keep your Performance to 1-2 minutes in length.
- Consider including an accompanying document that outlines the context for your Performance. You could include details of your ideas and approach, venue, scale, comparisons, staging or production.
Don't have access to facilities or space for your recording?
We understand that during the pandemic you might not have access to the facilities and space you usually would. We don't want you to stress about this when recording your performance. We're encouraging you to adapt your pre-existing work to your space, or you can use your space as an inspiration for generating new work. Your performance, creative, and physical skills will be gauged on the nature and quality of the work submitted, not on the physical surroundings or quality of your video submission.
Already have an existing performance?
If you already have a performance recorded, you'll be able to submit that instead. For more information on this, go to the Preparing for your interview page and check the information for your chosen course.
Challenge One: Society and Community
Prepare a short story that places you or your central character in a different community to the one that you currently live in. It's worth thinking about a specific scenario or incident to build your narrative on.
Your story could be told visually, through a performance, or in written form, depending on the course(s) you are applying to.
You may wish to consider:
– The viewers perspective: Are they the storyteller, participant, onlooker or are they not part of the story themselves?
– Characterisation within the story.
– The structure of the story. What hooks the viewer/reader/watcher in the first place? Are there plot twists?
– What themes does the story address? Does it have a moral or a message? And does the story depend on points of reference outside of the story?
– The size and scale of the story you're telling: how can you make it concise for the purposes of an interview?
Challenge Two: Imagine our Future
Imagine our future world – 20, 30, 100 or 1000 years from now – how and where will we live? How will we communicate? What will the natural world look like? What products will we need and use? What might we look like and what might we wear? What stories will we tell of our present and our past? What will we believe in? What games might we play? How will we entertain ourselves?
Using any tools available to you, show us your imaginings of a future world, focusing on responding to one or more of the questions above.
Depending on the nature of your course you may choose to respond to the questions in written, performative or visual form.
Challenge Three: Environment and Sustainability
When we consider design, joy is often thought of as a nice-to-have, rather than a necessity. Study after study shows that joy makes us healthier, more productive, creative and resilient. It also has a positive impact on our environment. Right now, nothing seems the way it used to be, so what better time than to rest, reflect and design with joy in mind.
Using any means available to you, create, imagine and investigate a future-facing, sustainable response to the idea of joyful design.
Consider the themes presented in the above statement and how might you design a more joyful environment. Depending on your course choice, your response could take the form of visual work, a written piece or a performance.