Drawing BA(Hons)

Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Become an expert in drawing, learning about its history and contemporary practice and its application across a broad range of disciplines. The structure of this studio-based course encourages a strong peer group dynamic, with opportunities for working together in off-site locations.

Through set projects and exercises you'll learn to record the material world through observation, but also to draw from your 'inner world', from memory and imagination, theories and systems, and concepts and narratives. Sessions in life drawing, printmaking, digital methods, reportage and animation will equip you with the skills to support the exploration and realisation of your ideas. As the degree progresses, we'll encourage you to develop a drawing language of your own. Ultimately you'll take charge of your own projects, consolidating your practice in preparation for a creative future.


  • 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
323%77% 0%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10% 0%100%

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 One

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 Two

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 Three

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


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


  • 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
  • Work in design, art and the creative industries
  • 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 mentors can be reached on the Drawing BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk