- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- Originally founded as Falmouth School of Art in 1902, today Falmouth University is one of the world’s leading international specialist creative institutions. It is one of the few universities offering the full range of creative subjects.
- The university aligns itself closely to the creative industries and strives to offer the latest innovative courses, such as Computing for Games and Business Entrepreneurship, to ensure its graduates get great jobs, not only within the creative sector, but in other industries, where creative skillsets are in ever increasing demand
- Based across two campuses, the environment in and around Falmouth University couldn’t be better. The Falmouth Campus meanders through a valley garden and provides the perfect venue for thinking, making and doing, while the Penryn Campus, shared with the University of Exeter, houses a fusion of arts and sciences in modern, professional facilities.
Location and Transport
- The university is set in Cornwall, a county synonymous with arts and culture and home to a high concentration of creative practitioners.
- Boasting 400 miles of stunning coastline, four UNESCO World Heritage sites and creative exports of around £10bn, the South West is truly a special place to live and study. The great outdoors, Cornish coast and a landscape that has energised creative people for centuries are right on Falmouth’s doorstep.
- Falmouth is a vibrant town and has many music-related pubs, a cinema, an arts cinema and exhibition space, independent shops and many affordable eateries. Being located on a peninsular, it is also famous for its scenery, shipping history and access to many varied watersports.
- Falmouth is easily accessible by rail, road and air, with Newquay airport approximately 25 miles away.
- There are also very good transport links between the Falmouth and Penryn campuses, with a regular, direct bus link and a branch line rail service.
- A typical offer is between 260 and 300 UCAS points (104–120 UCAS points from 2017, in line with the new UCAS tariff system), primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants.
- Any course-specific entry requirements can be found on the relevant course web page.
- Due to the creative nature of the university's courses, applicants will be considered on individual merit and you should contact the admissions team if you are predicted UCAS points below this range or if you have questions about the qualifications you are taking.
- We welcome applications for direct entry to undergraduate 2nd year and 3rd year at Falmouth from applicants who are able to demonstrate that they can fulfil entry requirements through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedure available under Admissions on our Student Regulations web page.
- Postgraduate applicants may need an honours degree, foundation degree or HND in a related subject. If you have solid professional experience rather than academic achievement, this may be acceptable through the APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) process. See the Admissions section of our Student Regulations web page for more details.
- If English is not your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Admissions team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.
- For the majority of courses, promising applicants will be invited to interview or audition, and may be asked to present a portfolio.
The 4,280 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 94%
- Postgraduate 6%
Mode of study
- Full Time 95%
- Part Time 5%
- UK 93%
- EU 2%
- Other 5%
- Male 38%
- Female 62%
- Most of the undergraduate degrees available are single honours.
- Falmouth University also runs many short courses.
- Some degrees have combined first years with other courses or different pathway options.
- The School of Film and Television was one of the first national centres to be accredited by Creative Skillset.
- Falmouth’s journalism courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association – check specific courses for details.
- Art and Design courses achieved the maximum 24 out of 24 rating from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
- Fashion and Textile courses benefit from membership of the International Foundation for Fashion Technology Institutes, British Fashion Council and Chartered Institute of Marketing accreditation – check specific courses for details.
- The university runs an internal teaching qualification (PGCHE) for staff to ensure high teaching, learning and assessment quality.
- Research, advanced scholarship and professional creative practice constitute an increasingly important part of academic life at Falmouth, and the postgraduate portfolio – taught MAs, MPhil and PhD research – is at the very heart of that activity.
- The university supports a number of research clusters and groups across the creative disciplines of art, design, media, performance and writing, so research students have an opportunity to benefit from a diverse research community, where networking opportunities abound and innovation is the norm.
- Falmouth is a specialist provider of creative education in art, design, media, performance, writing, and entrepreneurship.
- The degrees are intensely practical and structured around the demands of the creative industry. Many courses offer the opportunity to work on live briefs with real clients and collaborate with industry leaders.
- Lecturers are leading professionals with direct industry and agency experience.
- Falmouth encourages its students to obtain work placements, study abroad or take part in an Erasmus exchange programme.
- The Penryn Campus offers a £10m learning hub and library, IT suites, lecture theatres, study spaces refectory, bar and will soon open a new £4m Sports Centre.
- The Falmouth Campus features a library, refectory, seminar rooms, workshops, studios, lecture theatres, IT suites, design centre, art shop and gardens.
- The university offers purpose-built accommodation with a range of room options to suit a variety of needs and budgets, all with Wi-Fi.
- Awarded 92% in the 2015 National Student Survey, the university’s learning resources are extensive.
- AMATA (Academy of Music and Theatre Arts), a £19m performance venue contains 12 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios, two large flexible theatres with state-of-the-art lights and sound, as well as smaller studios. It also includes three dance studios with 700m² Harlequin sprung floors, a recording studio complex, box office, café and exhibition space.
- The university’s exceptional media facilities are constantly evolving in line with real-world standards, offering technical support to help students’ skills keep pace with their creative ideas. These include a large TV studio with gallery and green room, Foley suites, TV presentation studio, an HD Blu-ray cinema with surround sound, newsroom, editing suites, radio studio, animation suite, in addition to a manned-equipment store with resources free to loan.
- Falmouth offers fully-equipped art and design studios, workshops and design centres.
- Offering some of the best facilities in education, the Institute of Photography is home to full professional studios, dark rooms, post-production suites, gallery and equipment hire desk with the latest industry equipment free to loan.
- Two libraries house 150,000 books and many other resources including slides, DVD collections, 3,000 maps and dozens of magazines and newspapers, and a special collections archive. Electronic resources comprise online journals, newspapers, e-books and online databases.
- There are several open-access IT suites with computer workstations across both campuses, all with Mac and PC equipment. Falmouth students also have access to the latest industry software from CAM to CAD, Adobe CS to Premiere Pro.
Student Support Services offers support to all students, including an Accessibility Service, and specialised assistance for students with:
- hearing impairment
- mobility impairments
- FXU (Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union) is a unique union as it jointly represents both Falmouth University students and University of Exeter, Penryn Campus students.
- The union offers advice, help with welfare and student representation at the universities.
- The union offers over 100 societies, sports clubs and recreational activities, as well as many community action opportunities.
- Find out more on the FXU website fxu.org.uk
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The university employs students as ambassadors to assist on open days, interview days and at campus tours. Offered a range of training, from first aid to public speaking, many students find the experience a benefit to their CVs.
- Tourist related work: hotels, bars, restaurants, retail, beach lifeguards and guides in tourist venues such as the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
- There are a number of large supermarkets in close proximity to the campuses.
- 97% of Falmouth students are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015). With employability support from the moment you apply and for the rest of your life, we are always on hand to support your future.
- From on-course placements, to post-graduation careers advice, whether you choose to go straight into employment or want to start your own business, we help make your transition from student to professional as smooth and effective as possible.
- Falmouth staff are practicing professionals and all courses have excellent relationships with industry, giving you opportunities to make valuable contacts, hear from inspirational visiting speakers, work on live briefs, go on study trips and set up work placements or internships.
- Careerhub is an online portal that offers current students and alumni access to free careers advice, support resources and training.
- The team of trained career consultants in Career Zone offer support such as one to one careers guidance, CV workshops and mock interviews, as well as a well-stocked library.
- The university also runs regular employability events including careers fairs, employer recruitment presentations and industry networking events.
- Falmouth graduates are employed in diverse roles around the globe. Check out the career opportunities on the course pages for more information on what our graduates are doing.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- Completed in 2013, the Exchange is a £10m joint project between Falmouth and Exeter providing a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms, further study spaces and an extension of the library.
- A new communication design hub on the Falmouth Campus offers the very best in graphic design facilities, along with a new lecture theatre.
- Opening in April 2016, the Heart building, a joint project between Falmouth and Exeter, houses the main reception, shop and shared facilities.
- A new £4m purpose-built sports centre and day nursery will open in September 2016 on the Penryn Campus for the benefit of students, staff and the local community.
- Sculptor Tim Shaw, BA(Hons) Fine Art at Falmouth says, "I set out at 15 years old with a dream and because of experiences like Falmouth I have been able to make it happen."
- Artist Tacita Dean, BA (Hons) Fine Art, has had many solo exhibitions worldwide from the Guggenheim to Tate Modern.
- Hew Locke, BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate, an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited at Tate Britain, the V & A and MOMA.
- Journalist Angus Walker, MA Broadcast Journalism says, "Falmouth gave me huge confidence to pursue a career in a profession I’d always wanted to do – when I graduated, I felt like a broadcast journalist."
- Hugh Pym, MA Broadcast Journalism says, "It opened doors which got me going in my media career. I am delighted to see it develop as a national centre of excellence in broadcasting and other media."