Student making a a house out of cardboard

Illustration BA(Hons)

Follow in the footsteps of award-winning alumni on this renowned Illustration degree.

Key details
Location
Falmouth Campus
Course duration
3 years / 4 years
Attendance
Full-time / Placement year
UCAS code
W221/FY12

Course overview

Our alumni are working for global brands and leading publications because we champion risk-taking, encourage individuality and teach in-demand professional practice skills.  

As a student on this Illustration course, you’ll develop a unique visual language by experimenting with new technologies and processes, alongside enhancing traditional craft skills. You’ll also learn to apply critical and theoretical thinking to your practice, responding to the environmental, ethical and moral challenges of our time.  

Throughout your degree, you’ll gain first-hand professional experience through interactions with clients, art directors, designers and creatives of all kinds. So, by the time you graduate, you’ll have a standout portfolio that will set you apart from others in the industry. 

You will:

  • Be part of a thriving and immersive studio culture that embraces innovation and encourages creative collaborations 
  • Create your own digital portfolio and marketing campaign using digital platforms to reach global audiences 
  • Get your work seen by art directors, editors and designers around the world by engaging with a range of professional platforms 
  • Attend guest lectures from alumni and industry leaders that have previously included Dave McKean, Owen Davey, Harriett Lee Merrion and Edel Rodriguez 
  • Learn vital professional practice skills by working on engaging industry briefs  
  • Participate in our industry feedback week, where you will gain personalised feedback on your portfolio from agencies, publishers and design houses 
  • Explore illustration as a tool for positive change 

The Integrated Foundation Year and placement year pathways are subject to validation.

Course details

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

During your degree, you’ll develop an authentic visual language by experimenting with a broad range of media and processes, as well as established and emerging technologies. You’ll learn to communicate conceptually using visual problem-solving strategies and techniques combined with ongoing reflective analysis and research. 

You’ll also build strong project management and collaboration skills, learning to translate briefs and see a project through from ideation to research and development to final output. Further industry insights and experience will be gained through our programme of internationally renowned guest speakers. 

BA(Hons) Illustration course video

In your first year, you’ll be supported to explore, question and disrupt new processes and practices. Through project briefs, workshops, collaborative projects, lectures and presentations, you’ll be introduced to a range of creative processes: from critical thinking to practical hands-on skills across different mediums. You also begin to engage with a wider industry context, connecting with art directors, publishers, designers, advertising agencies, illustration agencies and freelance illustrators. 

Modules

Visual Problem Solving

You’ll explore a broad range of visual problem-solving strategies and develop analytical and project management skills through a series of practical projects and contextual lectures. 

Practice & Purpose 

Through a set of project briefs, you’ll investigate how illustration operates within the industry and how it communicates with audiences. You’ll also be encouraged to develop an informed practice, considering ethical and inclusive ideas. 

Media & Methods 

You’ll continue to develop a creative, imaginative and personal approach to your work while gaining awareness of the roles of media, mark making and process within industry.  

Context & Audience 

In this module, you’ll focus on the contexts of narrative illustration and deepen your understanding of how to communicate inclusively to a range of audiences.   

Exciting briefs, workshops, lectures and presentations will introduce you to in-depth learning that includes a growing awareness of audience, refining practical skills, critical research, project management, history and theory and collaborative practice. Working both independently and in groups, you’ll also embrace challenging subjects and explore the environment around us to investigate how illustration can be used to inform and implement change. 

As you progress through this stage, you’ll begin to develop your own self-initiated projects as well as a range of collaborations. As more industry facing experiences begin to be introduced through live briefs and lectures, you’ll be challenged to question convention, disrupt, innovate and maintain risk and courageous thinking throughout. 

Modules

Refine & Apply 

You'll experiment with a range of established and emerging technologies and undertake reflective and analytical research to refine your visual language.  

You’ll also build on your visual communication skills through a broad range of illustrative contexts, platforms and applications. 

Challenging Subjects 

You’ll explore illustration as a vehicle for communicating change and developing tools for improving equality, diversity, inclusivity and sustainability. 

Introduce & Negotiate  

In this module, you’ll begin to develop your first independent negotiated practice project, through which you’ll relate to key contexts in contemporary illustration practice to enable you to test both conceptual and visual language skills gained in the early phase of the course. The diagnostic nature of the module will enable you to make decisions about the future direction that your work takes. 

Collaboration

This module focuses on a range of collaboration skills, allowing you to develop and utilise them through working as part of a collaborative team both outside and inside your disciplinary studies.

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 final year allows you to refine your approach and to test and challenge your emerging fields of interest, culminating in a final digital portfolio of work and an industry feedback contextual report.  

The modules are designed to help you define your creative future beyond the course. You’ll continue to build core skills while reflecting critically on your strengths and exploring alternative models of practice. 

Modules

Define & Realise 

Through ongoing visual and intellectual experimentation and a process of critical analysis, you’ll work towards the development of an authentic visual language. 

Research & Extend 

You’ll engage with an extended programme of independent research on a subject that supports your illustration practice. You’ll then produce a written report. 

Connect & Transition 

In this module, you’ll develop your Final Major Project. This is an independent body of work, utilising appropriate processes defined by your strengths and interests within the field of illustration.  

You’ll demonstrate your intellectual, technical and self-reflective skills while showcasing an emerging authentic visual language that connects and communicates with industry. 

Professional Practice 

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to operate within your chosen career path. You’ll gain insights into the breadth of the creative industries and a deeper knowledge of professional practice.  

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 study in your Foundation year

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 and 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 Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is subject to validation.

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

Balancing creativity with professional practice, you'll gain hands-on knowledge and experience through project work, live briefs and client meetings. Supporting this will be lectures, seminars, group crits, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and optional placements or industry visits. 

Our visiting speaker series has seen our students learn from Dave McKean, Noma Bar, Laura Carlin, Sam Arthur(Nobrow), Sue Coe, Paul Slater, Sara Fanelli, Russell Cobb, Graham Rawle, Matthew Richardson, Posy Simmonds, Jason Ford, Kai & Sunny, Owen Davey, Harriet Lee Merrion, Vivian Schwarz, Olivier Kugler and John Vernon Lord. 

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

Integrated Foundation Year (optional)

Digitally enhanced learning

Digitally enhanced learning

1

25%

75%

2

25%

75%

3

25%

75%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

Integrated Foundation Year (optional)

0%

0%

100%

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

0%

100%

3

0%

0%

100%

  The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place at the end of each semester, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio, as well as a research proposal.

If you choose the Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course, all assessments within your foundation year will be 100% coursework based.

What our students do

A yellow logo with the letters 'D&AD'
D&AD

Unprecedented success for Falmouth at 2022 D&AD Awards

26 July 2022

There was significant success for Falmouth’s students at the 2022 D&AD New Blood Awards, with ...

Unprecedented success for Falmouth at 2022 D&AD Awards
A blonde haired woman wearing a grey jumper smiles
Abby Mundell

Student makes World Illustration Awards longlist

08 July 2022

Illustration BA(Hons) student Abby Mundell has been longlisted by the Association of Illustrators at...

Student makes World Illustration Awards longlist
An abstract illustration of a woman - her body is covered in animal faces
Sarah Edge

'My cancer scars map the pain of animals held in research labs' © Sarah Edge

Falmouth students go big at the V&A Illustration Awards

17 June 2022

Three Falmouth students and a Falmouth graduates have been shortlisted at the 2022 V&A Illustrat...

Falmouth students go big at the V&A Illustration Awards
Fresh from Falmouth September
Fresh From Falmouth September

Fresh From Falmouth: March Edition

30 March 2022

After a brief hiatus, Fresh From Falmouth returns with even more exciting stories from our wonderful...

Fresh From Falmouth: March Edition
Students admire work at an illustration exhibition in Bristol
fti students

Illustration students get a taste of the industry on Bristol studio tour

25 March 2022

Last month, second-year Illustration BA(Hons) students spent the week in Bristol, forging indus...

Illustration students get a taste of the industry on Bristol studio tour
Image of student artwork from the 2022 Illustration festival
Illustration Fest 4
©Emily Barlow / Mayn Creative

Falmouth Illustration Festival sketches out pathways for student success

15 February 2022

Illustration students welcomed an incredible line-up of artists, industry workers and activists to t...

Falmouth Illustration Festival sketches out pathways for student success
Abby Mundell's illustration was produced for Veganuary, promoting the climate benefits of plant-based eating.
Abby Mundell_Veganuary artwork
Abby Mundell's winning illustration

Veganuary has chosen its art competition winner

25 January 2022

Abby Mundell has been announced as the winner of Veganuary's art competition, which challenged stude...

Veganuary has chosen its art competition winner
Illustration of Dame Sarah Storey
Dame Sarah Illustration

Student commissioned to illustrate Britain’s most decorated Paralympian

22 December 2021

Third year Illustration student Sally Waite presented 28-time Paralympic medal winner Dame Sarah Sto...

Student commissioned to illustrate Britain’s most decorated Paralympian
Still from New Blood Award Entry Video Find Your Character
Find Your Character

D&AD New Blood Awards: Falmouth students scoop Pencils & 'portfolio picks' 

13 July 2021

Falmouth’s Creative Advertising and Illustration students have once again excelled at the annual D...

D&AD New Blood Awards: Falmouth students scoop Pencils & 'portfolio picks' 
Illustration of a person standing on a skull holding a pencil
Amy Sutton Page 001
Amy Sutton: @dottyillustrations

Introducing Wunderkammer: A new online illustration magazine

16 April 2021

Keryn Bibby, Head of Illustration at Falmouth, has collaborated with Illustration courses teams, stu...

Introducing Wunderkammer: A new online illustration magazine
Falmouth University Illustration students looking at a large tapestry by artist, Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry Exhibition

Grayson Perry: access all areas

17 November 2020

Illustration students enjoyed a private viewing and tour of the Turner-Prize winning artist, Grayson...

Grayson Perry: access all areas

Illustration Students in the Running for Penguin Student Design Awards

03 August 2020

Congratulations to Falmouth Illustration students, Adriena Fong and Isabelle Walker for being shortl...

Illustration Students in the Running for Penguin Student Design Awards
D&AD Award entry from Maria Hopwood - Bodyform campaign
SOC D&AD 2020 New Blood Awards Maria Hopwood Bodyform
Image credit: Maria Hopwood, press campaign: Bodyform

Emerging Talent Celebrated at Global Awards

14 July 2020

Falmouth University Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration undergraduates and postgraduates ar...

Emerging Talent Celebrated at Global Awards
screenshot of The Promise website
FSA Webcomics The Promise

Students Webcomics on The Promise

02 June 2020

The Promise is a new collection of webcomics produced by BA & MA Illustration students at F...

Students Webcomics on The Promise
Portrait of Ashley Hold
FSA_Ashley Hold

Students heard on BBC Radio 3 Saturday Sounds

30 April 2020

Illustration Associate Lecturer, Ashley Hold, featured on the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Show’s Saturda...

Students heard on BBC Radio 3 Saturday Sounds
Illustration of hairy legs and a plastic bottle with a lobster coming out
Falmouth Illustration Forum 2020 pomo image

Illustrators Focus on Climate Emergency at Annual Forum

13 March 2020

The annual Falmouth Illustration Forum, organised by MA Illustration: Authorial Practice students, t...

Illustrators Focus on Climate Emergency at Annual Forum
Illustration by student Amita Sevellaraja
Illustration student Amita Sevellaraja longlisted

Student Selected for Illustration Competition

21 February 2020

Third year Illustration student Amita Sevellaraja has been longlisted for this year's Book Illustrat...

Student Selected for Illustration Competition
Illustration of a man walking through tall trees with red mushrooms
Alfie Stevenson-Kelly (1)

Illustration Student Highly Commended for MacMillan Children’s Book Prize

01 July 2019

For the second year running, Alfie Steveson-Kelly, one of our third year Illustration students, has ...

Illustration Student Highly Commended for MacMillan Children’s Book Prize
Jason Chuang - flying fish (landscape)

Illustration Students Smash iJungle Awards

26 June 2019

Four ambitious third year Illustration students have made their mark at this year’s iJungle Illust...

Illustration Students Smash iJungle Awards
WIA - Ellena Burnard

Students Shortlisted for World Illustration Awards

25 June 2019

With two students and three graduates being shortlisted across a variety of categories, Falmouth has...

Students Shortlisted for World Illustration Awards

Staff

Our teaching staff are practising illustrators with experience working for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, the Lancet Medical Journal, United Airlines and Varoom. They’re often key in helping our students find industry connections and opportunities. 

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

Keryn Bibby

Head of Illustration

Keryn Bibby is qualified with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Information Design from the Falmouth School of A...

Keryn Bibby

Nicholas Mott

Senior Lecturer

Nick Mott is an illustrator, artist and musician; being a co-founder of the underground, experimenta...

Nicholas Mott

Nigel Owen

Senior Lecturer

Having performed the roles of both Head of Illustration and also Course Leader since 2011, I decid...

Nigel Owen

Sue Clarke

Senior Lecturer, Illustration

Sue Clarke has been an academic and illustrator for over 30 years; she graduated from Central Saint ...

Sue Clarke

Tilly McKerrow

Senior Lecturer

Tilly is an Illustrator and art and design educator with over 10 years of experience teaching in FE ...

Tilly McKerrow

Hugh Frost

Course Leader

Hugh is the Course leader for MA Illustration Authorial Practice at Falmouth. He is also an Editor /...

Hugh Frost

Rachel Dunn

Lecturer, Illustration

Rachel Dunn's background is as colourful and varied as her artwork and illustrations. She has been e...

Rachel Dunn

Linda Scott

Senior Lecturer

Linda joined Falmouth University in 2004, relocating from London where she worked as a freelance Ill...

Linda Scott

Dr Carolyn Shapiro

Associate Professor of Visual Culture

Carolyn Shapiro has been teaching at the Falmouth College of Art, University College Falmouth, and F...

Dr Carolyn Shapiro

Christopher Odgers

Lecturer, Illustration BA(Hons)

After graduating from Falmouth University in 1999, Chris Odgers has gained over 20 years experience ...

Christopher Odgers
Dr Caroline Pullee staff picture

Dr Caroline Pullee

Academic Lead, Quality Assurance & Enhancement

Caroline is currently academic lead for Quality Assurance and Enhancement and senior lecturer in His...

Dr Caroline Pullee

Julie Ann Monks

Lecturer

Since graduating from Kingston University in 1996, Julie worked as a freelance illustrator based in ...

Julie Ann Monks

Georgie Bennett

Lecturer

Georgie Bennett is a freelance illustrator, workshop facilitator, and lecturer. Clients include The ...

Georgie Bennett

Graham Black

Lecturer

Graham graduated from Brighton Polytechnic with a BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration...

Graham Black

Maria Christoforidou

Associate Lecturer

Maria Christoforidou is an artist, writer and researcher. Maria was born in Zambia, grew up in Greec...

Maria Christoforidou

Cally Gibson

Senior Technician

Cally Gibson works at Falmouth University as a senior technician, solving software queries and teac...

Cally Gibson

Emilia Wharfe

Senior Technician

Emilia Wharfe is a Senior Technician in digital skills for predominantly BA(Hons)/MA Illustration, h...

Emilia Wharfe

Emma Lewis

Associate Lecturer, Illustration BA(Hons)

Emma Lewis is an illustrator and writer from London, and creates work spanning both narrative and co...

Emma Lewis
Laurence North staff photo

Laurence North

Senior Lecturer

I joined Falmouth University in 1991, I have taught across a number of courses including Art and Des...

Laurence North

Facilities

  • Dedicated open plan studios and seminar rooms 
  • Printmaking workshop 
  • Life drawing studio 
  • Range of IT facilities with full software and printing facilities 
  • Access to over 140,000 books, comprehensive electronic journal resource and DVD library featuring over 17,000 titles 

Take a virtual tour

Student working in metal work studio
Art Facilities_01

Art & Design Facilities

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

Art & Design Facilities
Students working in studio at a table
Screen print studio

Printmaking Facilities

We facilitate a range of printmaking techniques and encourage both traditional and non-traditional p...

Printmaking Facilities
Library interior with 'group study' written on large pillar and students reading
Penryn library group study area

Library Facilities

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

Library Facilities
Falmouth University Sports Centre building exterior with blue sky and a path
Sports Centre - Outside
Sports Centre

Sports Centre

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

Sports Centre

Careers

Our graduates have worked as:

  • Freelance illustrators working in editorial, advertising, publishing, fashion and narrative across a broad range of national and international clients, including the BBC, Google, The Royal Mail, The Guardian, Penguin, The New Yorker, Vodafone, Walker Books and The Wall Street Journal  
  • Designers, art directors and animators in companies such as the British Museum, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Goodgame Studios, Nickelodeon, The Telegraph and Vault49 Design  
  • App and web designers  
  • Film and TV graphic designers 
  • Concept and character artists and visualisers 
Katie Ponder Christmas stamps
Katie Ponder Christmas stamps

Pushing the envelope: Falmouth graduate designs Royal Mail Christmas stamps

23 November 2022

Falmouth University Illustration BA(Hons) graduate Katie Ponder has designed this year’s Royal Mai...

Pushing the envelope: Falmouth graduate designs Royal Mail Christmas stamps
Rachael Saunders art work
Rachael Saunders WOI entry 3

Rachael Saunders, Patterned Panoramic of Krka National Park, Croatia

Falmouth graduates shortlisted for AOI World Illustration Awards 2022

20 September 2022

Four Falmouth University graduates have been shortlisted by the Association of Illustrators at the 2...

Falmouth graduates shortlisted for AOI World Illustration Awards 2022
A young woman with dark hair standing next to a framed artwork of a woman drinking a glass of wine in a pool
Jordan Amy Lee at Una

Graduate is inaugural artist in residence at Una St Ives

06 July 2022

Illustration BA(Hons) alumni Jordan Amy Lee has been named as the inaugural artist in residence...

Graduate is inaugural artist in residence at Una St Ives
Illustration by Sophie Melissa depicting five people of different races
Sophie Melissa Illustration

Drawing inspiration from Illustration graduate Sophie Melissa

17 February 2022

Creating content for Vogue, Liberty London, Penguin, Harper Collins, Hardie Grant, WIRED and...

Drawing inspiration from Illustration graduate Sophie Melissa
Lily Stock Profile
Lily Stock Profile

Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

02 September 2021

Illustration BA(Hons) graduate Lily Stock has won the Prospect 100 Global Desi...

Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Still of graduate Ross Breadmore from 'My Career After BA(Hons) Illustration at Falmouth University' video
Ross Breadmore

Illustration student to Lloyds Banking Group Design Lead: Meet Ross Breadmore

Illustration student to Lloyds Banking Group Design Lead: Meet Ross Breadmore
Dragon 2
Dragon 2

Graduate lands Google doodle

01 March 2021

Falmouth graduate Elin Manon has collaborated with Google to create a 'doodle' for St David's Day. H...

Graduate lands Google doodle
Illustration graduate Jake Hawkins at his desk
FSA Illustration Jake Hawkins

Graduate illustrating the Telegraph

05 October 2020

Jake Hawkins graduated BA (Hons) Illustration in 2019. We caught up with him recently to find out wh...

Graduate illustrating the Telegraph
Photo of Graduate Owen Davey
Graduate Illustration Owen Davey

Graduate Illustrates Book Seven in Series

03 July 2020

Owen Davey graduated Falmouth in 2009. Since then he has been a professional freelance illustrator, ...

Graduate Illustrates Book Seven in Series
Colourful mural style iIllustration work by graduate Rupert Skelton
Skelton 1

The Hilton Christmas Illustrator

05 December 2019

Rupert Skelton has gone from strength to strength since graduating from Illustration this summer.&nb...

The Hilton Christmas Illustrator

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
Illustration BA(Hons) three year degree W221
Illustration BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year FY12
Illustration 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 visual problem-solving skills, with a specific focus on generating ideas.
  • Shows development of visual language in drawing, life drawing, media, mark-making experimentation, reflective analysis and finished pieces.
  • Has a good contextual understanding of what illustration is.
  • Is confident in their abilities and prepared for the challenges of higher education.
  • Can communicate effectively.
  • Has a theoretical understanding of visual arts issues.

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-£550 - Recurring annual costs (materials) 
  • £100-£400 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc) 
  • £1,400-£2000 - 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.

Similar courses

Visual Communication student drawing on a tablet
BA(Hons) Visual Communication (Online)

Visual Communication BA(Hons) (Online)

Get ahead in the vibrant, ever-evolving field of visual communications with this exciting online cou...

Visual Communication BA(Hons) (Online)
Student looking at laptop and drawing
Illustration Online - 2023

Illustration BA(Hons) (Online)

Discover your unique illustrative voice. 

Illustration BA(Hons) (Online)
Animation of red wooden house on stilts
Game Art - 2023

Game Art BA(Hons)

Work in multi-skilled collaborative teams and graduate as a confident, industry-ready game artist. ...

Game Art BA(Hons)
A fold out book of drawings on a shelf
Drawing - 2023

Drawing BA(Hons)

Become a rigorous and innovative critical thinker and practitioner. Build your skills, expertise and...

Drawing BA(Hons)
Student stood in front of paintings, smiling and holding paintbrush
Fine Art - 2023

Fine Art BA(Hons)

This highly-respected course aims to support the development of your practice as it evolves over the...

Fine Art BA(Hons)

Open Days and events

From visiting campus to online application advice, get all the information you need about joining our creative community.

Experience Falmouth
Parents smiling with daughter at an Open Day at Falmouth University
widget