Falmouth University specialises in Art, Design, Media, Performance, Writing and Business and is located on Cornwall’s south coast. The University has an international reputation as a specialist creative university - breaking ground in creative education, providing our students with unrivalled industry opportunities and producing highly employable graduates that lead the way.
The Falmouth campus is nestled by exotic, subtropical gardens and is a short walk from the vibrant town centre, several beaches and seafront with castle views. The campus has an outdoor sculpture canopy, an arts library and a refectory bar that hosts many gigs. Falmouth has dedicated studio spaces for each course, IT suites equipped with industry-standard software and a state-of-the-art Fashion Studio.
The new Penryn campus has high-tech facilities and innovative buildings - all purposefully designed for practitioners in every area of the arts. The newly opened Exchange Building has been constructed to provide a hub with shared space for library journals, zones for group-meetings and a lecture theatre; along with personalised areas for relaxation, thinking and study.
The Performance Centre has theatres, studio theatres, dance studios, music-practice rooms and recording studios. The £19,036,000 investment has ensured every area of technology has been included to its maximum quality.
The Design Centre is an open-plan space where students are free to experiment in ceramics, glass, wood, design and all forms of media and there is access to CAD. It is also home to The Textile Centre, which houses traditional looms and factory-standard machinery. Students design textiles and garments before realising their projects through to complete products.
The Photography Centre is there for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the art of painting by light. There are studios, top-range cameras and lighting equipment, along with editing suits and professional scanners to develop the art into further digital expressions. There are also traditional black-and-white rooms.
The Media Centre concentrates on television and radio production. There is a professional newsroom with scriptwriting and editing software. The fully equipped studios are specialist resources for recording. The centre hires out cameras and equipment and has 30 computers with multi-track audio-editing software and graphics software. There is also a 106-seat cinema.
The new AIR building is a pioneering centre for research and houses our increasingly growing number of MPhil/ PhD students.
Penryn campus also comprises a fabulous suite of other facilities, from modern accommodation, shops and a refectory; to a gym with an exercise studio and a bar that hosts a variety of events.
Postgraduate Study at Falmouth
Individuals make the major and often life-changing commitment to study at postgraduate level for a whole variety of reasons; one thing that you can be assured of is that Falmouth is a special place to realise that ambition. It attracts a special kind of person to study, to work and to live and the environment is vibrant, stimulating and beautiful. There is no doubt that our location profoundly influences the work of our staff and students.
Our graduating students have an excellent reputation in their chosen discipline and are highly sought after. This is a reflection of the quality of the learning experience at Falmouth with access to first class facilities and staff who are practitioners and recognised as being leaders in their chosen fields.
You may be returning to study after a finding your specialisation through work, or continuing your education straight after a degree. Whatever your background, we can offer you exemplary professional advice.
The Falmouth Business Fellows are experienced professionals with a wealth of knowledge and industry contacts. "We're available on campus at any time for students to come and see us," explains Jono Wardle, 2D Design Business Fellow and former Creative Director at J Walter Thompson in London. He and Sara Bowler, (Visual Arts Business Fellow) have the skills to support your success.
We also work with a number of organisations to improve opportunities in the region. Hidden Art Cornwall, a franchise set up to help designer-makers promote themselves and their work locally and globally, is based at the University, as are leading television company Denham Productions, who can often be found working alongside broadcast students in our professionally equipped Media Centre. The Writing Centre, originated at Falmouth, is an online resource for writers to market their skills across the southwest. Falmouth also benefits from the Craft's Council's 'Next Move' scheme designed to aid the creative and commercial development of emerging designer-makers within a supportive college environment.
The importance we place on professional development is expressed by John Holmes, graduate of the MA in TV Production:
"My time at Falmouth equipped me with the necessary skills to produce projects across the full spectrum of television production. This has proved crucial to setting up my own company, Oso Media, along with a friend from the same course. The skills we learnt crossed over into many other outlets and have helped us enter the tough media industry with a good level of knowledge"
BBC TV News Correspondent Fergus Walsh was a student on the Broadcast Journalism PGDip/MA:
"I've particularly enjoyed Current Issues in Health as the guest speakers that came in were extremely knowledgeable and very interesting. The module also got you to look at issues critically, rather than just accepting them as they appear."
Courses such as The MA in Illustration Authorial Practice offer a valuable opportunity for personal creative development.
"The MA has allowed me the freedom and space to think and create, enhancing my working practice far more than I would have thought possible"
"It has been a fantastic year in which I have been able to define my practice, experiment and really engage full-time in making work."
If you had to sum up Cornwall in one word, inspiring would do it pretty well. From the captivating landscape to the vibrant cultural scene, this is an exhilarating place to live, the ideal atmosphere in which to nurture your creativity and meet the challenge of postgraduate study.
Stacey Louise Righton completed her MA in Contemporary Visual Arts at Falmouth after 5 years as a practising artist:
"Studying at postgraduate level in a rural area as opposed to in a city was a refreshing change to the 'norm' and gave me confidence about working as an artist outside of London."
West Cornwall actually has the highest concentration of artists and writers outside of the capital. Quite apart from the enduring reputation of the Newlyn and St Ives schools, there is an impressive contemporary art scene in the county. The Tate St Ives and Newlyn Galleries have been joined by Newlyn's stylish new extension, The Exchange. With these developments and the flowering of artist-led projects in the region Cornwall's creative future looks very bright indeed.
Barnaby Richards, graduate of MA Illustration, describes the unique character of both Cornwall and the town of Falmouth:
"It goes without saying that Cornwall is extremely beautiful. It is difficult to convey the character of a place like Falmouth which feels so peaceful, and yet is filled with lively, stimulating and like-minded people. For this reason, it is a great place to study, offering solitude and good company in equal measure."
Parking at the Tremough Campus is pay and display. There is no on-site parking at the Woodlane Campus. Please park in the Dell car park, which is a short walk from the campus.
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