Graphic Design BA(Hons)
Become an adaptive and curious thinker ready to meet modern social and business needs with innovative graphic design. Working in our studio community, you’ll learn to generate, make, execute and deliver great ideas.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You'll study the industry’s foundations and specialist fields through traditional means and digital media. We’ll encourage you to tackle modern challenges by exploring craft, strategy and integrated thinking, and develop the reflective, critical and craft skills to make your idea happen and provoke change in the industry. And by taking on studio projects, collaborative experiences, critical writing, real briefs and work placements, you’ll refine your professional direction and voice.
What our students do
What our graduates do
Our graduates have begun their careers at places like Mytton Williams, Biles Inc, Smith & Milton, The Partners, Bisqit, Turner Duckworth, Design Bridge, Thomas Matthews and The Chase.
What you'll learn
With design process and problem-solving at its heart, this course explores how creative and meaningful ideas can be made. You’ll study the historical, social and cultural issues connecting theory and practice, and gain real-world skills from live briefs and workshops from leading designers.
By taking on practical and critical work, you’ll explore and experiment with new processes and practices. Working together in our immersive studio culture, we’ll study things like how to come up with ideas, the history of design, and the latest industry innovations.
A Word in your Eye
Difference and Identity
Focusing more on real-world, industry-facing projects, we’ll encourage you to challenge convention and produce daring, original work. We’ll study areas like information hierarchy, ethical issues and design for society, while continuing to build your core skills. You’ll also go on study trips - usually to London or Amsterdam - to learn from designer-led workshops and visit studios like Pentagram, GBH, Fitch, Mother and Trapped in Suburbia.
Your third year focuses on intense project work, a dissertation and professional practice workshops. On top of building your core skills, you’ll take a critical look at your strengths and explore various directions for your future career. Towards the end of the year, you’ll exhibit at D&AD New Blood and at our own exclusive show at the Royal Society of Arts.
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
You’ll attend group tutorials, seminars, workshops, peer critiques and regular individual tutorials - giving you the chance to present work and hear feedback in our new, dedicated studio space.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- A variety of design briefs.
- There’s an ongoing policy of review and feedback every week with staff and other students, while formal assessment is twice yearly.
- In year three you’ll write a dissertation and exhibit your work for assessment as part of a final-year show.
Our award-winning designers, associate lecturers, technicians and other staff members specialise in traditional and digital fields. As well as frequently contributing to books and publications, they’re often invited to judge professional design awards.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Bryan leads the subject of Graphic Design at Falmouth and is responsible for the undergraduate...
Timothy Donaldson is a letterworker: a practising graphic designer, type designer and...
Dr Robyn Cook
Robyn Cook was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since graduating, she has worked as a...
Matthew is a multi-skilled, reliable and innovative socially-minded thinker who enjoys sharing...
Andy's career began as a musician; composing and performing material with Detritus, and...
Ashley graduated from the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course at Central St Martins in 1995, and has...
Nicola moved to Falmouth in 2006 from London. She did Foundation studies at Central School of...
Dion has been a senior lecturer at Falmouth University on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course...
Following graduation from the MA Graphic Design course at the Royal College of Art in...
- 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.
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 W214
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:
- Can tell the visual story of their work.
- Thinks about the context of their work and the relevance it would have to a specific target audience.
- Can show the journey of their projects, the depth of your creative enquiry, and the quality of their ideas.
- Can investigate the questions of their project work, or explore the facts and information behind their ideas.
- Shows critical thinking and the ability to contextualise.
- Can provide a rationale for their intended project direction.
- Demonstrates emerging potential in visual and verbal articulation.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £540 - Recurring annual costs
- £260 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
- £2,750 - 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