Falmouth University Ranking
Rankings and reputation
Falmouth was the highest ranked University College (excluding Colleges within the University of London) in the UK in 2011 (See The Guardian Good University Guide 2012). Furthermore, the university is ranked 7th in the Art & Design | UK League Table of The Sunday Times 2012. “Which?” ranks the university 3rd amongst the Top Creative Universities 2012 in the UK. The Sunday Times also named Falmouth University the Number 1 Arts University in the United Kingdom, 2015. Highlights for Falmouth University in the NSS (National Student Survey) included improved scores in all of the question areas as well as reaching 92% for learning resources such as the library, IT provision and specialist equipment. 14 courses scored 90% or more for overall satisfaction and two courses, Drawing and Creative Advertising, achieved 100%.
Cornwall has long attracted generations of painters and Falmouth University takes its origins from the Falmouth School of Art, opened in 1902, which is still located in the town’s original Woodlane Campus. This offers traditional studio-based courses in fine art, graphics and illustration, while the separate Institute of Photography takes advantage of the dramatic coastal setting to offer Europe’s first BA in marine and natural history photography, including an underwater option. Though Falmouth has greatly expanded beyond its art school roots and acquired full university status in 2012, it still has no plans to become a “general” university and defines itself as a specialist multi-arts institution. Students can now choose between courses in most creative fields: architecture and design; communications and journalism; fashion and textiles; film and television; and music and theatre arts. Most are based at the larger out-of-town Penryn Campus, shared with the University of Exeter and largely designed to boost hitherto limited higher educational provision within Cornwall. More unusual is the very vocationally focussed Games Academy, where immersive courses give students coached largely by industry professionals the opportunity to work in teams and develop the full range of talents required by commercial games developers. Since a large proportion of graduates want to remain in the area, Falmouth puts a strong stress on entrepreneurship, meaning that students don’t merely acquire specialist skills in communications or design but the ability to set up their own creative companies and so make a contribution to the comparatively sluggish local economy. The same philosophy animates the Falmouth Business School, which makes every effort to break down barriers between education and the real world of business, enabling many of its graduates to move straight from highly experiential courses to starting their own companies.