Graphic Design BA(Hons)

Graphic Design_Main
Falmouth Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Join us for a learning experience that's one of the most respected springboards to career success in the UK. You'll discover how to generate great ideas and build the skills to make and deliver them.

Through traditional means and dynamic digital media, you'll study both the foundations of the subject and more specialist fields, where craft, strategy and integrated thinking encourage you to tackle the challenges facing us today. You'll develop as an individual to see the world with fresh eyes, leaving Falmouth ready for an ever-evolving global industry, and with a passion for design rooted in innovation.


  • 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
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230%70% 0% 
324%76% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10% 0% 100% 
20%0% 100% 
30%0% 100%

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 One

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 Two

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 Three

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 software
  • 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


  • 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 mentors can be reached on the Graphic Design 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