- UCAS Code
- Falmouth Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
Drawing is the beating pulse of the visual arts; essential for capturing, exploring and experimenting with the creative process. One of the only dedicated drawing courses in the UK, BA(Hons) Drawing has been developed in response to demand – and with our heritage, expert staff and unique approach behind us, Falmouth is the perfect place to deliver it. If you want a pure education in drawing that can be applied in a range of real-world contexts, this course is what you‘re looking for.
Based in Falmouth's historic art studios, the course looks at drawing in its broadest sense, providing you with the opportunity to investigate different approaches, both practically and theoretically. From observational recording, copying and transcription, to digital developments and applications, modern hieroglyphics, interactive map works, anatomical and life drawing, three-dimensional portraits, projections and elevations, you'll build a breadth of drawing skills and techniques through a wide range of projects.
With an inspirational landscape right on your doorstep, you'll have the opportunity to get outside and draw, through field trips to visual arts hotspots including St Ives and the Isles of Scilly. Alongside this you'll develop a thorough understanding of drawing through different cultural and historical viewpoints so that, by combining your skills and knowledge, you'll start to establish your own drawing language.
As your confidence builds, the course evolves, giving you the freedom to develop your own personal direction and identity in your work. Through your own negotiated projects, as well as partnerships with external individuals, organisations or companies, you'll experience how drawing can be used and valued in the professional world, developing transferable skills in creative thinking, problem solving, documentation and evaluating.
Fine-tuned for students who have a passion for drawing, this course does something different. It gives you the time and freedom to explore drawing in its purest form, forging your own relationship with this fundamental component of creativity. You'll graduate with an impressive body of work behind you, liberated to discover the possibilities of where your passion could take you.
How is the course taught
This course has a unique ethos focused around a true love of drawing. Through workshops, lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, our enthusiastic, accomplished staff will help you harness the practical techniques of drawing while broadening your understanding of the contexts that the discipline can be applied within. Throughout the course you'll be supported to enhance your drawing skills through digital software training, printmaking and photography.
- 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
You'll be marked by continuous monitoring and twice-yearly studio practice assessments as well as written assignments, all a seamless part of your learning. You'll also self-evaluate, and complete a final year dissertation, project and exhibition.
Experience you'll get
- Creative and practical studio projects
- Contextual presentations and lectures
- Visits and study trips
- Opportunities to exhibit
- Meeting and working with professionals who draw
How is the course taught?
This course has a unique ethos focused around a true love of drawing. Through workshops, lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, our enthusiastic, accomplished staff will help you harness the practical techniques of drawing while broadening your understanding of the contexts that the discipline can be applied within.
Throughout the course you'll be supported to enhance your drawing skills through digital software training, printmaking and photography.
Interview and selection process
All applicants will be invited to attend an interview with their portfolio, sketch books and a recent essay or report. Portfolios will be reviewed by the course team whilst you have a tour of the campus. You will then have an individual interview lasting about 30 minutes with two members of the course team and your portfolio.
Your portfolio should show evidence of:
- Creativity, innovation, originality, conceptual development and appropriate use of media through drawing
- Academic/objective/analytical drawing
- Problem solving ability
- Project development and research
- Ability to write and communicate clearly
Make sure your portfolio is well organised so you are able to refer to it during your interview.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Falmouth Campus
What you'll do
Supported by our experienced course team, you'll get to grips with the fundamentals of drawing, experimenting with different techniques and applications. You'll also go on a study trip to the Isles of Scilly to put your fast-developing skills into practice.
In your second year, you'll look at drawing in a contemporary context, applying the drawing language you've learnt to a range of projects. You'll also get the chance to partner with an organisation, individual or charity to put your drawing into practice and see its value in a real-world context.
As the course progresses your confidence and sense of personal direction will grow. You'll be able to lead your own learning, negotiating projects, reflecting what you discover and carrying out a major project in your particular interest area, culminating in your final year exhibition.