The Falmouth School of Art takes its name from the original art school at Falmouth, founded in 1902. Visual arts have been practised and taught here for over a century, and we have an established reputation for creative excellence, which we are always seeking to improve.
Cornwall has long attracted creative practitioners, such as the St Ives artists who relocated here in the mid-20th century to produce internationally-acclaimed work. They lived locally but operated globally, which is how we encourage our students to work today.
Building on this prestigious legacy in a contemporary context, the School of Art is committed to studio culture, which encourages both the discipline and supportive peer group networks that help sustain successful careers in today's highly competitive creative industries. Primarily located at the Falmouth Campus in a subtropical garden, our studios and workshop facilities provide an exceptional environment for thinking and making, fostering experimentation, innovation and critical dialogue.
Our students are imagining the world differently. As a School, we support the development of individual and collaborative creative practices in the disciplines of art, illustration, drawing, contemporary crafts and architecture. Whatever medium or combination of media you choose to work in, and whatever your approach or strategy, you'll be encouraged to attain a high level of critical engagement and technical skill, as well as a strong sense of your own identity as a practitioner. From fine art to illustration, there's no 'house style'. This is supported by academic and technical staff whose expertise and continuing professional practice ensure the development of innovative thinking and making across a wide and diverse range of practices.
Your life as a creative practitioner starts now
Becoming a successful creative practitioner requires passion, commitment and resourcefulness. But you'll also need to understand the profession you want to enter.
Well connected regionally, nationally and internationally, the School promotes engagement with the world beyond the studio, particularly through the development of industry contacts and professional ways of working. Key to this are our alumni who often return to share their knowledge and experience. Our partners and contacts range from internationally renowned galleries such as Tate St Ives, Leach Pottery, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Millennium Gallery and National Gallery, to agencies and associations including HarperCollins, Penguin Books, The Association of Illustrators, The Folio Society and Arena Illustration Agency, as well as a range of organisations from the National Trust to the Contemporary Glass Society.
We also think it's important to create opportunities for our students to showcase their work nationally and internationally, engaging in creative exchanges and professional practice both locally and globally. Many of our students go on to be self-employed entrepreneurs, and we provide skills development to support this. For example, Illustration students present their portfolios to agents in New York, while some of our Fine Art students are selected for group and solo shows at Newlyn Art Gallery and Millennium Gallery, as well as recently showcasing their graduating work in Peckham and Shoreditch in London.