Graphic Design BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Our award-winning graduates and staff prove we deliver a learning experience that's one of the most respected springboards to graduate and career success in the country.

Graphic Design at Falmouth is about great ideas and building the skills to make and deliver them, whether through traditional means or digital media. We help you develop as an individual so you can see the world with fresh eyes and have the confidence to realise your aspirations. You’ll leave Falmouth equipped to inspire change, ready for a global industry with a passion for design rooted in innovation.

Rated 92% for student satisfaction and based in a multi-million pound design centre, ours is a highly connected learning experience in one of the UK’s most beautiful and creative counties


  • Study trips to major studios
  • Live briefs and workshops from leading designers
  • Placement opportunities
  • Showcases at D&AD and the Royal Society of Arts
  • Dedicated new studio space

How the course is taught

Weekly group tutorials, seminars and regular individual tutorials will provide the platform for feedback; presenting work in progress, developing your confidence in discussing your work and contextualising the role of design within society.

Course outline

The course has been carefully developed and evolved to optimise your growth and development over three years. This allows us to update course materials and react to industry and global communication issues, so that you are engaging with highly current skills and debate.

Focused around a vibrant studio-based experience, and taught by dedicated and practising staff, the course covers important design themes with an emphasis on live briefs and industry exposure.

What you'll do

Year 1

You’ll be supported by our course team to establish the core competencies of graphic design, learning how to approach design and tell a story visually. Workshops, assignments, peer critiques and reviews will help to shape your confidence and capabilities, while lectures and seminars from both resident staff and visiting speakers boost your understanding of the discipline.

  • Graphic Language and Communication - Introduction to visual language
  • Design Process - Understanding the route to final design outcomes
  • Difference & Identity - Working from the needs of others
  • Narrative - How to tell a story visually

Year 2

The central part of our course introduces you to the professional world in greater depth through skills and project-orientated tasks, to help prepare you for your final year before graduation. You'll begin to grow more deeply as a designer, building individual reflection on professional ambitions.

The 2nd year also includes study trips, usually to London or Amsterdam. These feature designer-led workshops and studio visits to the likes of Pentagram, GBH, Fitch, Mother and Trapped in Suburbia.

  • Consumerism - Branding and communication in the real world
  • Typography - Developing typographic skills and appreciation
  • Design Directions - Approaching practice independently
  • Collaborative Practice - Live briefs from designers

Year 3

The final year focuses on intense project work, industry-facing events, a dissertation and professional practice workshops to ready you for life after graduation. The events provide a platform for you to showcase your material and include exhibiting at D&AD New Blood, as well as our own exclusive show at the Royal Society of Arts. Both these and our design networks help you to target studios or consider postgraduate study to support your future ambition.

  • Journeys - Developing studio projects
  • Dissertation - Critical writing
  • Destinations - Concluding studio projects and portfolio
  • Transitions - Tools to support your move into professional practice


  • Large, open-plan, dedicated design studios
  • Design lab featuring traditional and digital production equipment
  • Photography and audio space supporting stills, moving image and sound
  • Mac desktop and laptop computers with professional softward
  • Extensive library facilities including thousands of books, DVDs, magazines and journals


Our dedicated staff, award-winning designers, associate lecturers and technicians are on hand to support your learning. Highly specialised practitioners in both traditional and digital fields, many of our team are invited to judge professional design awards and frequently contribute to books and publications.

We also offer an enviable network of contacts, which enables students to link with leading proponents of the subject. Most importantly these global connections are continuously being nurtured and developed, allowing the course to maintain its currency in content and opportunities to launch graduate careers

Experience you'll get

Study trips

Each year we offer study trips to design agencies for our second year students. Typically, these are to London or Amsterdam. Frequent hosts include:

  • The Brand Union, London
  • BBH Advertising, London
  • Saatchi X, London
  • Fitch, London
  • NB Studio, London
  • The Chase, London
  • NBC Universal, London
  • Coley Porter Bell, London
  • Lewis Moberly, London
  • AKQA, London
  • Hat-trick Design, London
  • 300 Million, London
  • The Partners, London
  • Design Bridge, London
  • Thomas Matthews, London
  • Unreal, London
  • Purpose, London
  • Form, London
  • Airside, London
  • Pearl Fisher, London
  • Brandopus, London
  • Pentagram, London
  • Lava, Amsterdam
  • Trapped in Suburbia, Amsterdam
  • Underware, Amsterdam
  • Lust, Amsterdam
  • Dolly Rogers, Amsterdam
  • Silo, Amsterdam
  • Sid Lee, Amsterdam
  • De Designpolitie, Amsterdam
  • FOAM, Amsterdam
  • Design Bridge, Amsterdam
  • KesselsKrammer, Amsterdam

Graduate returners

Each year we select a number of our recent graduates to discuss their experience at the beginning of their careers. This is a valuable insight into the transition between education and design. Chosen to represent a spread of different employment and postgraduate opportunities, the following visited in 2013:

  • Ellinor Syverinsen, Designer, Bisqit
  • Terry Hearnshaw, Freelance Designer, Digit
  • Harry Bingham, Designer, Rose Design
  • Jack Gibbons, Designer, B&B Studio
  • Jack Bardwell, Freelance Designer, London
  • Chris Bounds, Designer, Carter Wong Design
  • Megan Brooks, Post graduate student at RCA
  • Lauren Tooze, Designer, Believe
  • Sarah Poole, Designer, Dyson
  • Cosmo Jameson, Designer, Brand Union


  • You'll be given a series of varied design briefs throughout your course
  • There is an ongoing policy of review and feedback every week with staff and other students, while formal assessment is twice yearly
  • In year three you will also write a dissertation and exhibit your work for assessment as part of a final year show


  • Work as part of a design consultancy
  • Set up your own consultancy or work freelance
  • Careers in multidisciplinary design consultancies or as specialists within the areas of packaging design, branding, advertising, television graphics, interactivity, exhibition design, magazine and book design, and animation

Work placements

The course works hard to provide work placement opportunities for our students. Here are just a selection of our typical work placement design contacts:

  • Mytton Williams
  • Biles Inc
  • Nixon Design
  • ASHA
  • Smith & Milton
  • B&B
  • The Partners
  • Springetts
  • Open Agency
  • Bisqit
  • Lush Design
  • Thomas Matthews
  • Brand Union
  • Oakwood
  • Unreal
  • Fitch
  • Music
  • The Chase
  • Lewis Moberly
  • Turner Duckworth
  • Design Bridge
  • Bow & Arrow
  • Sparks

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 Graphic Design 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:

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