Falmouth University Info
Falmouth University (Cornish: Pennskol Aberfala) is a specialist University for the creative industries based in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall, England. Founded in 1902, it had previously been the Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth College of Art and Design and then Falmouth College of Arts until it received taught degree-awarding powers, and the right to use the title “University College”, in March 2005.In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts, adding a range of Performance courses to its portfolio.On 27 November 2012, a communication was released to the staff and students and local press that ‘University College Falmouth is to be granted full university status in a move that will further its ambition to become one of the top five arts universities in the world.’ On 9 December 2012, the University College was officially granted full university status by the Privy Council. Falmouth University was judged by The Sunday Times to be the UK’s top arts university from 2015-2017.
The university is located in Penryn and Falmouth. Penryn Campus, near the town of Penryn, is the larger of its two campuses, which it operates in partnership with the University of Exeter. Falmouth Campus is in Falmouth town centre and provides a historic contrast to the modernity of Penryn.
In November 2012, David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, recognised University College Falmouth’s status as a full university following a rigorous appraisal process, and on 9 December 2012 the establishment was granted full university status.
In 2015, the university attracted more than €2.4 million in investment which helped launch a new Games Academy under the leadership of Professor Tanya Krzywinska[ and the Meta-Makers Research Institute under the leadership of Professor Simon Colton. These new centers of learning propose to enhance the growing digital economy in Cornwall, with an emphasis on delivering courses that marry creativity with technology such as BA Games Development, MA Creative App Development,and BSc Computing for Games.
Falmouth University Info
Falmouth Campus is the university’s main administrative hub and is the main centre for the Schools of Art, Design and Fashion. It is home to the courses of BA(Hons)Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Performance Sportswear Design and Public Relations, and provides facilities for MA Creative Advertising and MA Illustration: Authorial Practice. Due to the projected high intake for September 2012, the campus underwent changes to accommodate this, with the first floor of the library being converted into BA Graphic Design studios following denial of planning permission to build upon the already existing graphic design department building.