Develop expertise and knowledge of drawing by exploring traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline. Thinking through drawing, you’ll investigate the material and conceptual possibilities of the field and its applications in cultural and professional contexts to develop a drawing language of your own.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Falmouth is one of only a few UK universities to offer a bespoke drawing degree and is the ideal location to grow your skills and critical and contextual understanding of this exciting field of practice.
- Work in our purpose-built, dedicated suite of studios with like-minded peers where you can engage in critical discussions and student-led debates
- Engage with Cornwall's unique landscape and heritage
- Study a variety of approaches and processes to the discipline, including life drawing, printmaking, etching, digital methods and the moving image
- Have the opportunity to take part in a range of informative study visits
- Have opportunities to go on a work placement in your second year and make industry connections while exploring the practical applications of drawing in professional contexts
- Have the chance to exhibit your work throughout your degree. Previous spaces have included Trelissick House, Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Gallery Tresco, R.K. Burt Paper Gallery and ShelterBox Truro
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and made changes to our courses to provide flexible, blended delivery that offers high-quality digital engagement and access to face-to-face teaching in our facilities. You can see how your course may be adjusted by viewing the changes for the current academic year by visiting our welcome letters & latest course updates pages
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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 of work, and have the chance to visit culturally rich European capitals.
The principle of learning through doing is our overriding approach; this is a practice-based drawing course based on an active studio culture. During your time here, you will become a rigorous and innovative critical thinker and practitioner, working independently, ambitiously and confidently to develop and sustain a self-reflective working practice in a professional context.
In the first year of your BA Drawing degree, the structure of the course is primarily tutor-led. You'll be introduced to a number of processes and approaches to the discipline, and you'll research artists past and present, taking inspiration from subjects like perspective, architecture, digital and historical techniques, and natural environments and anatomy. 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. From halfway through the year, you'll be gradually led towards a more independent mode of learning.
Recording & Translating
Complementary Practice 1
Communication and Expression
Complementary Practice 2
Through longer and more sustained projects, you 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. A series of debates and seminars with visiting lecturers will further expand the critical and contextual context on these approaches.
You'll deliver a presentation about a drawing-related subject, and help research and deliver a group 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 bring your expertise to a professional context. Working collaboratively, you will then set up a live event, which will further explore potential applications of drawing in the professional context of your choice. Project work will allow for more personal strands of exploration, supported by tutors, life drawing, printmaking and relevant workshops. Visiting lecturers will be a regular feature of your second year, while our European study trip is a popular option.
Strategies and Processes
Negotiated Project 1
Complementary Practice 3
Advanced Complementary Practice
During your final year, 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.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.
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.
How you'll spend your time
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous monitoring.
- Twice-yearly studio practice.
- Written assignments.
- Final-year dissertation, project and exhibition.
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 member shown here.
Dr Tom Baugh
Thomas is the Head of Art at Falmouth University. Thomas situates his artistic research across the ...
Sitting at the intersection of idea, material and process, Emanuele’s practice departs from the...
Charlie Duck studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. He has undertaken...
Dr David Paton
David is a lecturer and Module Leader in Drawing BA(Hons), an artist-researcher and a craftsperson...
Tabatha Andrews makes sculpture and installation that visualises memory and the energy of sound,...
Dr Frances Williams
I am an artist and researcher and teach as an Associate Lecturer in the Falmouth School of Art,...
An award-winning painter and printmaker, John has exhibited regularly for over 25 years and has won...
BA(Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, MA 20th Century Art & Design
Academic interests/teaching themes
- 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
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: W110
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.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
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'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK applications: 29 January 2021 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
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
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
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.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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