Become an expert in drawing, its history and contemporary practice, and its application across a broad range of disciplines. This studio-based course encourages a strong peer group dynamic, with opportunities to work together in off-site locations.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Through set projects and exercises, you'll learn to observe and record the material world. You’ll also draw from areas like memory and imagination, theories and systems, and concepts and narratives. Sessions in life drawing, printmaking, digital methods, reportage and animation will help you explore and realise your ideas, and we'll encourage you to develop your own drawing language. Ultimately, you'll take charge of your own projects, bringing everything together ready for your career.
What our students do
What our graduates do
What you'll learn
You’ll build your skills, expertise and career opportunities through contextual and historical theories and industry-level practice. Projects and exercises will teach you to record the material world through observation, memory and imagination, theories and systems, and concepts and narratives. You’ll develop your portfolio, and have the chance to visit culturally-rich European capitals.
You’ll research artists past and present, taking inspiration and learnings from subjects like perspective, architecture, digital and historical techniques, and natural environments. Weekly life drawing classes will address issues like proportion, form, tone and structure. And you’ll be able to strengthen your studies with visits to museums and galleries, where you’ll view original drawings from various collections.
Recording and Translating
Complementary Practice 1
Communication and Expression
Complementary Practice 2
Longer and more sustained projects will examine contemporary applications of drawing, like 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 help research and deliver a group drawing debate with third-year students. A work-based learning experience with an organisation, individual, location or business of your choice will give you the chance to put your drawing into a professional context. Project work allows for more personal strands of exploration, supported by tutors, life drawing, printmaking and relevant workshops. Visiting lecturers are a regular feature of your second year, while our European study trip is a popular option.
Strategies and Processes
Complementary Practice 3
Negotiated Project 1
Advanced Complementary Practice
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 contribute to our series of drawing debates, and work on a major negotiated project demonstrating your learning, showcasing your ideas and skills, and culminating in an exhibition.
Negotiated Project 2
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 course 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 more 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.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous monitoring.
- Twice-yearly studio practice.
- Written assignments.
- Final-year dissertation, project and exhibition.
Our team of academics, published writers and researchers, and award-winning practitioners have showcased their work and shared their knowledge internationally. Together they provide experience designing for clients like Brewdog, JD Wetherspoon and Pizza Express.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
BA(Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, MA 20th Century Art & Design
Dr Joe Graham
Joe joins Falmouth University in 2016 as a lecturer in Drawing. With a passion for developing...
An award-winning painter and printmaker, John has exhibited regularly for over 25 years and has...
- Dedicated individual studio space.
- Digital imaging suites, photography studios and equipment.
- Printmaking equipment and technical workshops.
- Life drawing studio.
- Extensive archives and library resources.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code W110
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
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 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
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)
- £660 - 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.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page