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Drawing BA(Hons)

Become a rigorous and innovative critical thinker and practitioner.

Key details
Location
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Attendance
Full-time / Placement year
UCAS code
W110/FY10

Course overview

Falmouth’s dedicated drawing degree is one of only a few in the UK. Working within a vibrant and collaborative studio culture, you’ll create ambitious work by developing informed opinions and techniques that combine theory with practice. Build your skills, expertise and career opportunities by exploring wide-ranging areas of drawing practice and critical studies.

You will:

  • Work in our purpose-built, dedicated suite of studios with like-minded peers
  • Study a variety of processes and approaches to the discipline, including life drawing, printmaking, etching, digital methods and the moving image
  • Develop a portfolio that emphasises the dynamic possibilities and relevance of contemporary drawing practice
  • Work alongside internationally recognised visiting artists
  • Benefit from placement opportunities in your second year, making industry connections while exploring the real-world applications of drawing across sectors
  • Have the chance to exhibit your work throughout your degree – previous spaces have included Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Gallery Tresco, the Robert Burt Gallery and ShelterBox Truro

The placement year pathway for this course is new for 2023 and subject to validation.

Course details

On this Drawing degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or the option to study Drawing BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year and/or a placement year.

You'll be supported by expert practitioners and researchers. You'll build your technical skills, critical understanding and career opportunities through exploring wide-ranging areas of drawing practice and contemporary critical studies.

Working individually and collaboratively, you’ll consider the world around you and develop presentations, shows and portfolios that showcase a boundary-pushing approach to drawing. 

BA(Hons) Drawing course video

Working closely with your tutors, and alongside internationally recognised visiting artists, you'll take on a series of projects to develop drawing-specific skills and concepts within a range of contemporary arts contexts. You'll also have opportunities to show your work in the studios and engage with peers across all three years.

Modules

Observing Worlds

This module focuses on drawing as a way of observing and uncovering the world. Through studio practice and field trips across Cornwall, you'll explore the structures of your immediate built environment and the related social and cultural histories. You'll also engage with aspects of design drawing and work with a range of digital and three-dimensional processes. Your projects will be supported by demonstrations and technical workshops, such as life drawing and anatomy - designed to develop your practical skills and your knowledge of traditional and expanded fields of drawing.

Practice in Context 1

In this module, which is shared with the Fine Art course, you'll benefit from a wider pool of ideas, perspectives and creative disciplines. Through lectures and group discussions surrounding contemporary and historical art contexts, developments and debates, you'll develop a self-reflective approach to studio practice.

You'll also be introduced to academic writing and research conventions. Through this, you'll develop your own critical analysis skills and learn to communicate your ideas professionally and effectively.

Sensing Worlds

In this module, you'll embark on a detailed exploration of the body's sensorial capacities, investigating the relationship between our sensory perception and the external world. You'll consider how the process of 'thinking through drawing' can be used to explore ideas such as hybridity and narrative development, as well as continuing to engage with aspects of traditional drawing skills - through life drawing and anatomy, for example. Undertaking a range of projects, you'll develop your understanding and knowledge of drawing as you begin to establish your individual practice.

Practice in Context 2

This is part two of the Practice in Context module, where you'll have access to expertise from across Falmouth School of Art. You'll be introduced to a range of themes and trends that have shaped contemporary artistic practices, such as socially engaged practices and recent philosophical shifts in the role and value of artistic production. You'll also engage with a greater range of academic source material and strategies for analysing, researching, and writing about art.

In your second year, you'll be introduced to various strategies for developing drawing as a process. You'll plan and conduct your own projects with support from tutors, developing the ability to self-direct and manage creative projects. You'll also have the opportunity to work on a live and collaborative project with Fine Art students.

Modules

World Building

You’ll explore the idea of using drawing for ideation, creation, critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll be introduced to various strategies for developing drawing as a process rather than simply an end product, applying and extending the scope of your technical skills.

Sustained Personal Enquiry 1

In this module, you'll develop a broader critical and contextual understanding of the uses and history of the drawing discipline. You'll undertake a theoretical and critical field of enquiry, exploring new research areas and evolving your studio practice. You'll also prepare, write and deliver a presentation to peers and staff, developing vital professional skills.

New Territories

This module focuses on developing your ability to self-direct and manage creative projects. You’ll plan and conduct your own project; presenting a pitch, developing it with support from tutors and considering the conditions and issues of presenting your work. Throughout the module, you’ll maintain a journal alongside your practical studio work.

Sustained Personal Enquiry 2

This module will support you in creating a Research Portfolio. You'll develop subject specific critical and contextual knowledge and hone your reading and writing skills by studying a range of research methodologies.

You can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year on a three-year programme, or after your third year if you’re studying for a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year. 

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. 

Choosing this option will enhance your industry experience and skills while studying. 

How you’ll study during your placement year 

You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. 

You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. 

Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. 

The modules in your final year give you the opportunity to demonstrate originality, skills and professionalism in producing a distinctive body of work and showcasing your ideas. You'll work on a project reflecting and building on your personal discoveries and ambitions, complemented by your dissertation and supporting personal tutorials. You'll also work on a major negotiated project, which will culminate in a public exhibition.

Modules

Agencies & Audiences

This module is centred around the variety of professional applications connected to the discipline of drawing, with an emphasis on its transdisciplinary nature. You'll have the opportunity to lay out the professional context for your practice as an autonomous or applied practitioner and develop a research project in relation to this context.

Critical Worlding

Through challenge and exploration, this module will enable you to understand and mobilise research as integral to a drawing practice - culminating in a set of outputs distinctive to your own critical concerns. You'll develop strategies for knowledge generation through making and align your practice with one of three methodological pathways: Practical submission and critical essay, written submission, art writing submission.

Realisation

This module aims to consolidate your ability to be an independent critical thinker; ambitious, rigorous, and able to confidently synthesise and articulate your practice. At this stage, you'll need to harness all the skills, knowledge and attitudes you've acquired across three years of study. You'll continue to follow a clear line of enquiry in your practice and research, supporting practical excellence with creative and critical thinking related to a professional and theoretical context of your choice.

Public Platforms

In this module, you'll apply your professional skills to the curation, presentation and dissemination of your drawing practice in social, public and professional contexts. You'll create a distinctive body of work that will be staged in a public exhibition at the end of the academic year.  

Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?

If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.

What you'll learn

If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.

Modules

Explore

You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.

Technique

You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.

Apply

You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver an accompanying evaluation of your process.

Industry

You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.

Launch

You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.

After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.

 

If you apply for and enrol onto a degree with an Integrated Foundation Year, you’ll have the option to switch onto a five-year version including a placement year. That means you’ll complete the first three years of your course before completing a placement in industry in your fourth year and returning to Falmouth for the fifth year of your programme. 

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

This studio-based Drawing degree brings together practical approaches, structured learning, dedicated tutor support, and opportunities for national and international placements, along with optional visits to museums, galleries and other artistic locations, and elective study trips to European museums and gallery collections. As you progress, you'll take greater ownership of your work through self-directed projects.

Our visiting lecture series has featured speakers like drawing commentator Deanna Petherbridge, artists Anita Taylor and Jessie Brennan, and illustrator Sue Coe.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled teaching and learning activity

Guided independent study

Placements

Integrated Foundation Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning

Digitally enhanced learning

N/A

1

34%

66%

0%

2

35%

62%

3%

3

23%

77%

0%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated Foundation  Year (optional)

 0% 0%  100% 

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

5%

95%

3

0%

0%

100%

The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

  • Foundation year assessments are 100% coursework based
  • Continuous monitoring.
  • Twice-yearly studio practice.
  • Assessments.
  • Written assignments.
  • Self-evaluation.
  • Final-year dissertation, project and exhibition.

What our students do

Read about what our students and graduates from the renowned Falmouth School of Art are doing.

Drawing by student Anna Claypole
Blast Shelter by Anna Claypole
Blast Shelter by Anna Claypole

Student Work Selected for China Clay Exhibition

12 February 2020

Work by two Drawing students has been selected to go on display at Wheal Martin. The exhibition...

Student Work Selected for China Clay Exhibition
Drawing by student Katherine Jackson
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Student Wins Art Prize

04 September 2019

Drawing student Katherine Jackson has been awarded the Pegasus Young Artist Prize in the Sunday Time...

Student Wins Art Prize
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Fine Art Student Selected for Venice Fellowship

01 June 2019

Every year the Falmouth School of Art funds one outstanding final year student from BA(Hons) Fine Ar...

Fine Art Student Selected for Venice Fellowship
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Tate Partnership Commences with Peer Leader Training - web story

Tate Partnership Commences with Peer Leader Training

11 February 2019

First year Fine Art, Drawing and Illustration students have just spent four days working with artist...

Tate Partnership Commences with Peer Leader Training
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Students Work with Artist Peter Matthews

11 December 2018

Students from BA(Hons) Drawing have enjoyed several inspiring trips and workshops this yea...

Students Work with Artist Peter Matthews
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Students Collaborate to Create Art Workshop

12 June 2018

Artistic talent can be found in a myriad of places and people, and the ability to sense these creati...

Students Collaborate to Create Art Workshop

Staff

Our team of academics, practicing artists and researchers, and award-winning practitioners have showcased their work internationally through practice-based research projects, commissions and residencies that engage drawing through dance, sculpture, painting, performance, ceramics and printmaking.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.

Dr Tom Baugh

Head of Art

Thomas is the Head of Art at Falmouth University. Thomas situates his artistic research ac...

Dr Tom Baugh

Rossella Emanuele

Course Leader BA Drawing (Hons)

Sitting at the intersection of idea, material and process, Emanuele’s practice departs from the tr...

Rossella Emanuele
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Charlie Duck

Module Leader and Lecturer, Drawing BA(Hons)

Working across painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics, Charlie's practice is dedicated to exper...

Charlie Duck
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Dr David Paton

Module Leader and Lecturer

David is an artist-researcher and a craftsperson with a specialism in Cornish granite. He has been a...

Dr David Paton
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Tabatha Andrews

Associate Lecturer

Tabatha Andrews makes sculpture and installation that visualises memory and the energy of sound, exp...

Tabatha Andrews

John Howard

Associate Lecturer: BA(Hons) Drawing

An award-winning painter and printmaker, John has exhibited regularly for over 25 years and has won ...

John Howard

Ashley Hold

Associate Lecturer, Drawing

BA(Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, MA 20th Century Art & DesignAcademic interests/teaching themesDrawing, ...

Ashley Hold

Facilities

  • Dedicated individual studio space.
  • Digital imaging suites, photography studios and equipment.
  • Printmaking equipment and technical workshops.
  • Life drawing studio.
  • Extensive archives and library resources.

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Art & Design Facilities

Primarily located at the Falmouth Campus in a subtropical garden, our studios and workshop facilitie...

Art & Design Facilities
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Library Facilities

Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...

Library Facilities
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Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...

Sports Centre
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BA(Hons) Drawing students on Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Careers

Our graduates have worked as:

  • Artists and researchers
  • Practitioners in professional fields, including botanical illustration, medical drawings, surface and pattern design, fashion and textiles
  • Educators in primary, secondary, further and higher education, as well as in museums and community settings
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Trinity Buoy

Graduates shortlisted for iconic award


Drawing graduates Caroline Blythe and Hannah Davies will see their work toured nationally having been shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. 

Read more

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply through UCAS. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

Apply now

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our international applications page.

International applications

Course route UCAS code
Drawing BA(Hons) three year degree W110
Drawing BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year FY10
Drawing BA(Hons) with placement year UCAS code available soon

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course route Entry requirements
BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with placement year 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points
BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year 80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

For starting your studies in 2023

UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Has observational drawing skills.
  • Shows developmental skills.
  • Has an interest in and knowledge of drawing’s history and other visual art and design practices.
  • Has creative skills and ideas.
  • Is willing to communicate thoughts and ideas.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
Annual tuition fee Student
£9,250 per year Full-time UK
£17,460 per year Full-time EU/international
£1,850 per placement year Full-Time UK and EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • £250 - Recurring annual costs (materials and local study visits etc)
  • £300-£450 - One-off costs for the course duration (compulsory study visit, final portfolios and shows etc)
  • £650 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway

  • £250 for materials
  • A laptop/desktop computer
  • Adobe Creative Suite

In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students?

From course details and academic support, to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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