Taught course

Fine Arts

Falmouth University · Academy of Innovation and Research

Entry requirements

You'll be a successful practitioner already operating at a high standard. In addition you'll have one of: an MA, a 1st class honours degree or a 2:1 plus at least four years' experience. Your level of experience will be taken into account when we review your application, and in some cases it may be possible to allocate 60 credits under our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) schemes.

Months of entry


Course content

The MFA at Falmouth is a project-based interdisciplinary Masters course, designed for creative practitioners from all backgrounds; theatre makers, photographers, choreographers, visual artists, performance and creative writers, designers, musicians and sound artists, film makers, digital artists and games designers.The creative synergy of this group is an important aspect of this course. You'll begin by interrogating your own practice in two ways: firstly, in partnership with supervisors and through a series of practical exercises, you'll deepen your understanding of where your practice lies and in what it consists; and secondly, you'll enrich and widen your practice through engagement with the multi-disciplinary cohort of fellow students and contact with other artists.

The MFA differs from other taught Masters at Falmouth in that it has a lower number of teaching hours and a much greater emphasis on practice-based inquiry and critical discourse between student and supervisor. The MFA does retain some aspects of academic study in core areas such as research methods and theoretical studies/contextual critical practice. Over time, the practice-based inquiry informs the academic study, and vice versa.

Information for international students

Please apply using the online application form on our website. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work, application project and satisfy the English language entry requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of scholarships for international applicants, details are available on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,250 FT / £3,250 PT
International students
£12,500 FT / £6,250 PT

The University has been awarded 30 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Masters degree programmes at Falmouth in September/October 2015. The scheme can only consider applications from students who: have been paying £9,000 fees as an undergraduate (and graduate in 2015); are a UK or EU student; and qualified for grant/bursary support in their final year of undergraduate studies, or were from Cornwall prior to commencing their undergraduate studies, or have a disability which qualifies for DSA.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

01326 213730