Fine Art BA(Hons)
Fine Art asks questions - of itself, of ourselves, and of how we perceive the world. This course fosters a sense of inquiry and prepares you to meet the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary art world and wider creative industries.
|Course Duration||3 years|
This course is in Clearing
There’s an open approach to art practice throughout the course with experimentation, learning through making and exploration of contemporary artforms.
- Have access to Fine Art studio space from day one of the course.
- Work with industry partners like Tate St Ives and Newlyn Art Gallery.
- Get the opportunity to study abroad in your second year.
- Have access to excellent studios, and 3D printmaking and time-based media workshops.
Complete your journey with the third year degree show and be given the chance to exhibit in London or other major cities.
What our students do
Say Yes: Student Artist Savours Every Opportunity
The most accomplished students are often the ones that say yes to extra-curricular activities....
Tate Partnership Commences with Peer Leader Training
First year Fine Art, Drawing and Illustration students have just spent four days working with...
New Partnership with Tate St Ives
We're delighted to announce a new partnership with the...
Season of International Contemporary Art in Cornwall
Students and staff across the University are working closely with the Groundwork project, which...
What our graduates do
Our graduates have become internationally exhibiting artists at Bischoff/Weiss, Cannes Film Festival prize-winning filmmakers, art critics for Time Out, and creative presenters for Ralph Lauren.
Esteemed Alumna Exhibiting at TATE Britain
Lynette Yiadom Boakye is a British/Ghanaian painter and writer, renowned for her innovative...
New London Exhibition for Alumna Tacita Dean
Celebrated alumna Tacita Dean's artwork will be exhibited at three of London's most prestigious...
Fine Art Graduate Completes Fellowship
Fine Art graduate Abbie Hunt has completed the British Council's Research Stewardship Programme...
Fine Art Alumnus Selected for BEERS London Contemporary Visions
Ed Burkes is one of just eleven artists selected from over 4000 applicants for BEERS London...
What you'll learn
Focusing on studio practice, you’ll learn through a mix of visual arts and critical studies. We’ll focus on disciplines like drawing, painting, printmaking, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work, as well as any media appropriate to your studies. You’ll also analyse visual arts through written work and reflective practice assignments.
We’ll introduce you to the creative process and help you generate ideas. You’ll then develop specialist interests and better understand the relationships between sources, ways of making and visual ideas. Critical studies modules introduce key skills, contexts and debates - helping you understand contemporary artworks. You’ll also see how writing can help you analyse artwork and reflect on your own practice.
Art Practice 1: Strategies for Practice
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 1: Introduction: The Contexts of Contemporary Art
Art Practice 2: Initiating Practice
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 2: A New Millennium
As you take more responsibility for your learning and focus on professional practice, you’ll examine modern processes and materials, and learn how to present your work. You’ll prepare a topic for your final-year dissertation based on a programme of research methods, and get the chance to go on an international study exchange.
Art Practice 3: Thematic Developments
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 3: The Mediascape of Contemporary Art
Art Practice 4: Development and Presentation
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 4: Research Methods
By planning and organising your approach to teaching and learning, you’ll select, document and present your own work for evaluation and final assessment. You’ll also undertake a dissertation reflecting your research areas and studio practice.
Art Practice 5: Development Towards Completion
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 5: Dissertation
Art Practice 6: Completion
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
Everything is centred around the studio. You’ll learn through individual tutorials, group discussions, critiques and technical workshops, while leading your own efforts in exhibitions and presentations.
Beginning with introductory studio-based exercises and media workshops, you’ll take more and more responsibility for self-directed study as you learn and present work in public exhibitions.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- 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’ll be assessed on your dissertation and your studio-based module - culminating in an exhibition of your final-year work.
All staff are practising artists, performers and writers. Our visiting professors have included Cornelia Parker and Simon Fujiwara, and our speakers have included Alex Katz, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, and Richard Wentworth.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Academic interests/teaching themes
My current research is based on concerns arising from my...
My work explores the way that we see and perceive our surroundings - the distinction between our...
Dr Neil Chapman
Neil Chapman is an artist, writer and researcher. His current work explores material textual...
Dr Glad Fryer
My work takes an image on a journey beginning with a photographic source image and ending in a...
Mercedes Kemp was born and grew up in Southern Spain. For the past thirty five years she has...
Virginia Verran (b. Falmouth, UK). Studied at Chelsea College of Art, London, MA (1983-84) and...
I joined Falmouth University in 2012 as full time lecturer in Fine Art with subject specialism...
Gillian Wyde is an artist and researcher. She is a senior lecturer in Fine Art and is...
- Studio space.
- 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.
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 W100
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 the confidence and curiosity to identify source material for development.
- Can develop visual ideas through drawing and engagement with materials, working methods and skills.
- Shows enthusiasm, commitment and an open approach to fine art practice.
- Knows about contemporary fine art.
- Demonstrates written and visual research of artists' work.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £380-£480 - Recurring annual costs
- £100-£400 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £800 - 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
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