Falmouth University Graphic Gesign

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Falmouth University Graphic Gesign

Our courses offer you the diversity and range of disciplines demanded by the industry, allowing you to develop expertise in branding, packaging design, editorial, interactive design, advertising, information design, digital moving image and more.

You’ll be continually encouraged to develop your creativity, take risks and think both laterally and imaginatively so that you can understand and fulfil the needs of a design brief. Through a series of workshops, presentations and tutorial support, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to articulate your ideas across a wide range of media.

Through traditional means and dynamic digital media, you’ll study both the foundations of the subject and more specialist fields, where craft, strategy and integrated thinking encourage you to tackle the challenges facing us today. You’ll develop as an individual to see the world with fresh eyes, leaving Falmouth ready for an ever-evolving global industry, and with a passion for design rooted in innovation.


  • Study trips to major studios
  • Live briefs and workshops from leading designers
  • Placement opportunities
  • Showcases at D&AD and the Royal Society of Arts
  • Dedicated new studio space

How the course is taught

Weekly group tutorials, seminars and regular individual tutorials will provide the platform for feedback; presenting work in progress, developing your confidence in discussing your work and contextualising the role of design within society.

Course outline

The course has been carefully developed and evolved to optimise your growth and development over three years. This allows us to update course materials and react to industry and global communication issues, so that you are engaging with highly current skills and debate.

Focused around a vibrant studio-based experience, and taught by dedicated and practising staff, the course covers important design themes with an emphasis on live briefs and industry exposure.

What you’ll do

Year One

You’ll be supported by our course team to establish the core competencies of graphic design, learning how to approach design and tell a story visually. Workshops, assignments, peer critiques and reviews will help to shape your confidence and capabilities, while lectures and seminars from both resident staff and visiting speakers boost your understanding of the discipline.

  • Graphic Language and Communication – Introduction to visual language
  • Design Process – Understanding the route to final design outcomes
  • Difference & Identity – Working from the needs of others
  • Narrative – How to tell a story visually

Year Two

The central part of our course introduces you to the professional world in greater depth through skills and project-orientated tasks, to help prepare you for your final year before graduation. You’ll begin to grow more deeply as a designer, building individual reflection on professional ambitions.

The 2nd year also includes study trips, usually to London or Amsterdam. These feature designer-led workshops and studio visits to the likes of Pentagram, GBH, Fitch, Mother and Trapped in Suburbia.

  • Consumerism – Branding and communication in the real world
  • Typography – Developing typographic skills and appreciation
  • Design Directions – Approaching practice independently
  • Collaborative Practice – Live briefs from designers

Year Three

The final year focuses on intense project work, industry-facing events, a dissertation and professional practice workshops to ready you for life after graduation. The events provide a platform for you to showcase your material and include exhibiting at D&AD New Blood, as well as our own exclusive show at the Royal Society of Arts. Both these and our design networks help you to target studios or consider postgraduate study to support your future ambition.

  • Journeys – Developing studio projects
  • Dissertation – Critical writing
  • Destinations – Concluding studio projects and portfolio
  • Transitions – Tools to support your move into professional practice

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.

+44 (0)1326 213730