Fine Art BA(Hons)

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Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Develop your practice in a rich and diverse environment. Through a combination of practical work and critical studies, you'll prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary art world and creative industries.

This well-respected course aims to support the development of your individual practice as it evolves over the three years. You'll be challenged to develop your skills, and to contextualise and communicate your work through presentations, exhibitions and written assignments. Your relationship with staff is key, and we give support through tutorials, group critiques and technical instruction, helping you to build confidence in realising your ambitions.


  • Public exhibitions
  • Creative, practical and theoretical skills
  • Skills and experience in research, reflection, evaluation, professional practice and independent, innovative thinking

How the course is taught

The studio is at the centre of your learning and teaching. Teaching consists of individual tutorials, group discussions, critiques, technical workshops and student-led initiatives in exhibitions and presentations of work. At the beginning of the course, you'll take part in introductory studio-based exercises and media workshops. The course is practice-led, with students taking increasing responsibility for self-directed study.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

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

Course outline

Our Fine Art course consists of an integrated learning experience of visual art practice and critical studies, with an emphasis on studio practice. Studio practice comprises a range of contemporary art forms supported by technical facilities, studios and staff expertise. These include drawing, painting, print-making, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work. During the course you may work in any media that's appropriate to the development of your studies.

Critical studies and reflective practice modules give you opportunities for written assignments and encourage your ability to contextualise and analyse visual arts practice.

What you'll do

Year One

Introductory projects help you generate ideas through practical work and introduce you to the basic elements of the creative process. As you develop specialist interests, you will be supported by media workshops and begin to strengthen the relationships between sources, ways of making and visual ideas. Critical studies modules introduce key study skills, contexts and debates that are important to the understanding of contemporary artworks. Through assignments you will also explore ways of writing to develop your analysis of artwork and reflection on your own practice.

  • Studio practice 1: strategies for practice 
  • Critical studies & reflective practice 1: introduction: the contexts of contemporary art
  • Studio practice 2: initiating practice
  • Critical studies & reflective practice 2: a new millennium

Year Two

As you take increasing responsibility for your own learning, the second year is often a time of exploration and discovery where you begin to establish a more distinct and sustained body of work.

There is an emphasis on professional practice, and you'll gain an understanding of how to prepare your work for presentation in a professional context. Critical studies lectures and assignments will examine the processes and materials used in current practice. It will provide a programme of research methods to help you prepare a topic for your final year dissertation. There are also opportunities for Erasmus international exchanges during the year.

  • Studio practice 3: development & presentation
  • Critical studies & reflective practice 3: the ‘mediascape’ of contemporary art
  • Studio practice 4: thematic developments
  • Critical studies & reflective practice 4: research methods

Year Three

At this stage in the course you'll take greater responsibility for your planned and organised engagement with learning and teaching. This gives you the opportunity for increased focus on your individual practice. You will select, document and present your work for evaluation and final assessment. You will also undertake a dissertation. The topic will reflect your personal areas of research and relate to the context of your studio practice.

  • Studio practice 5: consolidation
  • Critical studies & reflective practice 5: dissertation
  • Studio practice 6: completion


The studios, Fine Art workshops and library facilities include:

  • Studio accommodation
  • Dedicated workshops for 3D and bronze casting foundry, printmaking, paint preparation, laser cutting and Rapid Prototyping
  • Digital imaging facilities
  • Video and photography facilities
  • Performance and sound facilities
  • 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD/video titles and over 400 journal titles
  • Radio archives, slides, pictures, maps and archive collections


All staff on the course are practising artists, performers and/or writers, whose experience, commitment and professional expertise ensure that you'll receive the highest quality of tuition across the spectrum of contemporary fine art. They are supported by internationally recognised Visiting Professors, Cornelia Parker and Simon Fujiwara, and a vibrant lecture series. Recent speakers include Alex Katz, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Richard Wentworth and many more.


  • Practice-based modules will be assessed on the presentation of visual work, including preparatory work
  • Critical studies modules will be assessed on written assignments
  • In the final year you will be assessed on your dissertation and your studio-based module, which culminates in an exhibition of your final year work


You'll graduate well placed to consider opportunities that require creative, independent and innovative thinking, including:

  • Becoming a self-employed artist
  • Setting up your own studio or creative project
  • Working in numerous roles in the creative industries
  • Postgraduate study to provide a gateway into teaching, arts administration, curating, gallery/events management and conservation

Graduate destinations

  • Internationally exhibiting artist: Bischoff/Weiss, London
  • Film-maker: Cannes Film Festival prize winner
  • Art critic: Time Out magazine
  • Creative presenter: Ralph Lauren, Hong Kong

Study abroad

There is a strong take-up among BA(Hons) Fine Art students each year of the opportunities Falmouth University provides for a period of study abroad.

Since autumn 2015, destinations for Fine Art students have included:

  • Iceland (Academy of Arts)
  • Italy (Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice)
  • The Netherlands (The Hague, ArtEZ and Willem de Kooning Academie)
  • Canada (Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver)
  • Poland (Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Finland (Turku University of Applied Sciences)

Partnerships also exist for exchange opportunities in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Latvia, Australia and New Zealand.

Recent (optional) study visit destinations for Fine Art students have included Berlin and the Venice Biennale.

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 Fine Art 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