Drawing BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

We see drawing as central to the visual arts. Our degree gives you the opportunity to study the subject in its purest form, allowing you to acquire expertise in this fundamental discipline.

Promoting depth of visual understanding, the course positions our graduates to work in a range of drawing applications, but also across the wider creative industries in the UK, Europe and beyond.


  • One of the UK's only dedicated Drawing degrees
  • National and international placements
  • Visiting Lecture Series featuring speakers such as drawing commentator Deanna Petherbridge, artists Anita Taylor and Jessie Brennan and illustrator Sue Coe
  • Optional study trips to European museum and gallery collections
  • Professional facilities
  • Exhibition opportunities

How the course is taught

This studio-based course is uniquely focused around a passion for drawing. A busy curriculum ensures frequent taught sessions in practical approaches as well as contextual and historical theories. As you progress through the degree, you'll take increasing ownership of your work through self-directed projects.

Course outline

BA(Hons) Drawing offers structured learning with dedicated tutor support, promoting individual development as you gather expertise and knowledge. Set projects and exercises will enable you to record the material world through observation, but also from memory and imagination, theories and systems, and from concepts and narratives.

As with all Falmouth courses, we prioritise your career. This degree offers optional study trips to culturally significant capitals in Europe to contextualise your practice, an emphasis on portfolio development and work placements during year 2.

What you'll do

Year 1

The 1st year explores drawing through the practices of artists past and present. You'll consider subjects such as perspective, architecture, digital and historical techniques as well as natural environments for inspiration and learning. Weekly life drawing classes will engage you in many of the formal drawing issues of proportion, form, tone and structure. To support your studies, we offer optional visits to museums, galleries and other locations including the Isles of Scilly and London, to view original drawings from various collections.

Year 2

In your 2nd year you'll take part in longer, more sustained projects examining contemporary applications of drawing, including mapping, communication, narrative, reportage, animation and art practice. The year features a student-managed exhibition and further opportunities to get your work into public venues.

You'll deliver a presentation about a drawing related subject, and take part in the research and group delivery of a Drawing Debate with 3rd year students. You'll also engage in a work-based learning experience with an organisation, individual, location or business of your choice to put your drawing into professional context. Project work allows for more personal strands of exploration but is still supported by tutors, life drawing, printmaking and relevant workshops. Visiting lecturers are a regular feature of your 2nd year, while our European study trip is a popular option.

Year 3

In your 3rd year you'll work on a project, reflecting and building on personal discoveries and ambitions. This is complemented by your dissertation, which is supported through personal tutorials. All students contribute to our series of Drawing Debates and work on one major negotiated project, which will demonstrate your learning, showcasing your ideas and skills, culminating in an exhibition.


  • Dedicated individual studio space
  • Digital imaging suites, photography studios and equipment
  • Printmaking equipment and technical workshops
  • Life drawing studio
  • Extensive archives and library resources


  • Theo Crutchley-Mack, BA(Hons) Drawing Graduate, won the 2015 Tresco Landscape Drawing prize of four week residency and solo exhibition at Gallery Tresco
  • BA(Hons) Drawing Staff, students and alumni produced Pentimento, an exhibition of drawings of West Cornwall and the Islands, Gallery Tresco, Isles of Scilly, October 2014
  • Edmund Eva and George Baldwin, Graduates 2014 submitted work for the Academy for Innovation and Research conference Fascinate, exhibiting their drawing machine at the tall Ships Regatta at Falmouth
  • Peter Skerrett (staff) selected for Drawn 13 at the Royal West of England Academy, 2013
  • Isolde Pullum (staff) selected for Drawn 13 at the Royal West of England Academy, Sketch 13 a touring exhibition of artists books with the Rabley Drawing Centre in Frome 2013, touring 2014, and for The Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, 2014
  • Sophie Glover, BA(Hons) Drawing Graduate 2014, winner of the Reportage Drawing Prize 2013, Falmouth University; Exhibiting at The Discerning Eye open selection 2014
  • David Knight, Graduate 2014 held his first one-man drawing show in London, RK Burt Gallery, April 2014
  • Amy Freeman, BA(Hons) Drawing Graduate 2014, winner of a Falmouth University Business Enterprise Award 2014
  • Sarah Butler, BA(Hons) Drawing year 3, published drawings for the Corinium Museum, Dorchester, 2014
  • Staff Phil Naylor, Peter Skerrett and Isolde Pullum delivered The Visual Grapevine, Isospective and Transcibe, delegate drawing events at the international conference Drawing in the University Today in Porto, Portugal 2013
  • Olivia Aggett, BA(Hons) Drawing Year One, selected by Derwent Pencils for materials sponsorship 2013


Our team comprises academics, published researchers and award-winning practitioners, who have showcased their work and shared their knowledge internationally.

Through workshops, lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, our enthusiastic and accomplished staff will help you to harness the practical techniques of drawing, while broadening your understanding of the contexts in which drawing can be applied.


  • You'll be marked by continuous monitoring, twice-yearly studio practice, assessments and written assignments
  • You'll also self-evaluate and complete a final year dissertation, project and exhibition


  • Artist, Art Practitioner, Graphic Artist, Drawing Practitioner
  • Drawing Researcher, Visual Arts Worker, Curator, Educator
  • Visualiser, Concept Artist, Digital Artist, Digital Visualiser, Illustrator, Designer
  • Work in design, art and the creative industries
  • Applications of drawing in science, technology, communications, therapy, medicine, archaeology and natural science
  • Education, teaching, postgraduate study

Student Mentor Scheme

Falmouth's Student Mentor Scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Drawing group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form