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Course summary

Explore your creativity and expand your professional skills by entering the creative industries on an Integrated Foundation Year degree. Taught over four years, these courses include an introductory year to build a solid foundation before you go on to specialise in your chosen subject at degree level. If you're interested in taking on a new subject, or have been out of education for a while, then our Integrated Foundation Year courses might just be for you. These four-year courses include an introductory year to help you build the core skills needed for degree-level study. This is a chance for you to let your imagination run wild and explore your creativity, expand your professional skills and develop enhanced subject knowledge. We'll help you nurture your expertise in problem solving, risk-taking, designing and making as you develop your abilities. Become a rigorous and innovative critical thinker and practitioner. Build your skills, expertise and career opportunities by exploring wide-ranging areas of drawing practice and critical studies. Falmouth’s dedicated drawing degree is one of only a few in the UK. Working within a vibrant and collaborative studio culture, you’ll create ambitious work by developing informed opinions and techniques that combine theory with practice. You will: Work in our purpose-built, dedicated suite of studios with like-minded peers Study a variety of processes and approaches to the discipline, including life drawing, printmaking, etching, digital methods and the moving image Develop a portfolio that emphasises the dynamic possibilities and relevance of contemporary drawing practice Work alongside internationally recognised visiting artists Benefit from placement opportunities in your second year, making industry connections while exploring the real-world applications of drawing across sectors Have the chance to exhibit your work throughout your degree – previous spaces have included Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Gallery Tresco, the Robert Burt Gallery and ShelterBox Truro


You'll build your skills, expertise and career opportunities through contextual and historical theories and industry-level practice. Projects and exercises will teach you to record the material world through observation, memory and imagination, theories and systems, and concepts and narratives. You'll develop your portfolio of work, and have the chance to visit culturally rich European capitals. Foundation Year: You'll study five core modules in your foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs. By the time you progress into year one of your degree, you'll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject. Modules: Explore Technique Apply Industry Launch Year One Working closely with your tutors, and alongside internationally recognised visiting artists, you'll take on a series of projects to develop drawing-specific skills and concepts within a range of contemporary arts contexts. You'll also have opportunities to show your work in the studios and engage with peers across all three years. Modules Observing Worlds Practice in Context 1 Sensing Worlds Practice in Context 2 Year two In your second year, you'll be introduced to various strategies for developing drawing as a process. You'll plan and conduct your own projects with support from tutors, developing the ability to self-direct and manage creative projects. You'll also have the opportunity to work on a live and collaborative project with Fine Art students. Modules World Building Sustained Personal Enquiry 1 Testing Ground: Collaboration New Territories Sustained Personal Enquiry 2 Year three The modules in your final year give you the opportunity to demonstrate originality, skills and professionalism in producing a distinctive body of work and showcasing your ideas. You'll work on a project reflecting and building on your personal discoveries and ambitions, complemented by your dissertation and supporting personal tutorials. You'll also work on a major negotiated project, which will culminate in a public exhibition. Modules Agencies & Audiences Critical Worlding Realisation Public Platforms The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

Foundation Year: Assessments are 100% coursework based Assessment will take place at the end of each module, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio and a reflective journal. Progressing in your specialism Students studying on courses with an Integrated Foundation Year must successfully complete all foundation modules before they can progress to the next stage of their course. Your specialism: Continuous monitoring. Twice-yearly studio practice. Assessments. Written assignments. Self-evaluation. Final-year dissertation, project and exhibition.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

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If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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