Falmouth University Fine Art

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Falmouth University Fine Art

Develop your practice in a rich and diverse environment. Through a combination of practical work and critical studies, you’ll prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary art world and creative industries.

This well-respected course aims to support the development of your individual practice as it evolves over the three years. You’ll be challenged to develop your skills, and to contextualise and communicate your work through presentations, exhibitions and written assignments. Your relationship with staff is key, and we give support through tutorials, group critiques and technical instruction, helping you to build confidence in realising your ambitions.


  • Public exhibitions
  • Creative, practical and theoretical skills
  • Skills and experience in research, reflection, evaluation, professional practice and independent, innovative thinking.

How the course is taught

The studio is at the centre of your learning and teaching. Teaching consists of individual tutorials, group discussions, critiques, technical workshops and student-led initiatives in exhibitions and presentations of work. At the beginning of the course, you’ll take part in introductory studio-based exercises and media workshops. The course is practice-led, with students taking increasing responsibility for self-directed study.

Course outline

Our Fine Art course consists of an integrated learning experience of visual art practice and critical studies, with an emphasis on studio practice. Studio practice comprises a range of contemporary art forms supported by technical facilities, studios and staff expertise. These include drawing, painting, print-making, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work. During the course you may work in any media that’s appropriate to the development of your studies.

Critical studies and reflective practice modules give you opportunities for written assignments and encourage your ability to contextualise and analyse visual arts practice.

What you’ll do

Year One

Introductory projects help you generate ideas through practical work and introduce you to the basic elements of the creative process. As you develop specialist interests, you will be supported by media workshops and begin to strengthen the relationships between sources, ways of making and visual ideas. Critical studies modules introduce key study skills, contexts and debates that are important to the understanding of contemporary artworks. Through assignments you will also explore ways of writing to develop your analysis of artwork and reflection on your own practice.

  • Studio Practice 1: Strategies for Practice
  • Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 1: Introduction: the Contexts of Contemporary Art
  • Studio Practice 2: Initiating Practice
  • Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 2: A New Millennium

Year Two

As you take increasing responsibility for your own learning, the second year is often a time of exploration and discovery where you begin to establish a more distinct and sustained body of work.

There is an emphasis on professional practice, and you’ll gain an understanding of how to prepare your work for presentation in a professional context. Critical studies lectures and assignments will examine the processes and materials used in current practice. It will provide a programme of research methods to help you prepare a topic for your final year dissertation. There are also opportunities for Erasmus international exchanges during the year.

  • Studio Practice 3: Development & Presentation
  • Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 3: The ‘Mediascape’ of Contemporary Art
  • Studio Practice 4: Thematic Developments
  • Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 4: Research Methods

Year Three

At this stage in the course you’ll take greater responsibility for your planned and organised engagement with learning and teaching. This gives you the opportunity for increased focus on your individual practice. You will select, document and present your work for evaluation and final assessment. You will also undertake a dissertation. The topic will reflect your personal areas of research and relate to the context of your studio practice.

  • Studio Practice 5: Consolidation
  • Critical Studies & Reflective Practice 5: Dissertation
  • Studio Practice 6: Completion

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator

Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page

English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page

Our Admissions team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.

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