Falmouth University Reputation
Overall ranking: 55th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.
History: Created in 1902 as a private art school. Artists such as Barbara Hepworth supported its becoming a recognised art college but it changed its name to University College Falmouth in 2005, having been granted the right to award its own degree in 2004. In April 2008, Dartington College of Arts merged with University College Falmouth and in December 2012, it became Falmouth University.
Address: There are two campuses. The first is set in the lush sub-tropical gardens of Falmouth, a seaside resort on the unspoilt south coast of Cornwall. The second, opened in 1999, is a 70-acre country estate three miles away at Penryn, and is now the multi-million-pound hub campus of the combined universities in Cornwall, shared with the university of Exeter.
Ambience: A creative community, with surfing nearby. Wonderful sea views at Falmouth from the old Fox family house on the hill, the oldest part of the college. Modern buildings put up in the last 30 years in the Fox gardens, which stretch down to the sea and include art and design studios, and an interactive arts centre. The ancient township of Penryn oozes history but the modern campus at Tremough provides a friendly learning environment, with a multitude of exciting design and media courses.
Who’s the boss? The Rector Professor Anne Carlisle, a practising artist, writer and broadcaster, and an award-winning academic, whose background is firmly established in the visual arts and creative industries.
Prospectus: 01326 213 730 or request one here.
UCAS code: F33
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Most courses require 260-300 UCAS entry points, but they also accept equivalent Level 3 qualifications or relevant experience.
Vital statistics: A college of art, design, media, and performance, it has 4,709 students in total. Approximately 3,583 undergraduates.