Cosei Kawa graduated from the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Falmouth in 2007 and now lectures in Illustration at Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Why did you choose Falmouth?
The course has a good reputation and I discovered it through the British Council. The style of illustrations by the students and the graduates match my personal taste.
What was the most difficult thing about being an international student?
It was difficult to live with students who had a different culture and background. My judgement and prejudice were destroyed. That experience made me grow as a person.
What was good about the academic school?
The lecturers are enthusiastic and fair. You can easily find the books or any relevant document for your course in the library of the University.
Were you involved with any clubs and societies?
The house sharing with students from different countries helped to improve my communication skills. I occasionally visited and worked at a WWOOF farm (a beautiful organic farm in Cornwall). Also, a meditation circle in Penryn made me relax.
What was the best thing about living in Falmouth?
The ocean view from my own studio. Warm and kind people. Walking along the coastline.
What do you miss most about Falmouth?
Friends who studied together.
Was the University supportive during your time here?
Yes. They listened to me carefully and flexibly took action. I am really grateful to them.
What advice would you give to students planning on coming to Falmouth?
I had a wait-and-see attitude with an open mind in the first year. Life became exciting in the second year. I applied to lots of awards and prizes in the third year. Things started going well after graduation.
What are you doing now?
I am currently a children's illustrator and I lecture at Kyoto University of Art and Design in Illustration.