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Fine Art asks questions - of itself, of ourselves, and of how we perceive the world. The course fosters a sense of inquiry and, through a combination of practical work, critical studies and professional practice, prepares you to meet the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary art world and wider creative industries.
There’s an open approach to art practice throughout the course with experimentation, learning through making and exploration of contemporary art forms.
Focusing on studio practice, you’ll learn through a mix of visual arts and critical studies. We’ll focus on disciplines like drawing, painting, printmaking, performance, installation, 3D, video, digital and lens-based work, as well as any media appropriate to your studies. You’ll also analyse visual arts through written work and reflective practice assignments.
We’ll introduce you to the creative process and help you generate ideas. You’ll then develop specialist interests and better understand the relationships between sources, ways of making and visual ideas. Critical studies modules introduce key skills, contexts and debates - helping you understand contemporary artworks. You’ll also see how writing can help you analyse artwork and reflect on your own practice.
Art Practice 1: Strategies for Practice
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 1: Introduction: The Contexts of Contemporary Art
Art Practice 2: Initiating Practice
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 2: A New Millennium
As you take more responsibility for your learning and focus on professional practice, you’ll examine modern processes and materials, and learn how to present your work. You’ll prepare a topic for your final-year dissertation based on a programme of research methods, and get the chance to go on an international study exchange.
Art Practice 3: Thematic Developments
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 3: The Mediascape of Contemporary Art
Art Practice 4: Development and Presentation
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 4: Research Methods
By planning and organising your approach to teaching and learning, you’ll select, document and present your own work for evaluation and final assessment. You’ll also undertake a dissertation reflecting your research areas and studio practice.
Art Practice 5: Development Towards Completion
Critical Studies and Reflective Practice 5: Dissertation
Art Practice 6: Completion
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.
Practice-based modules will be assessed on the presentation of visual work, including preparatory work.
Critical studies modules will be assessed on written assignments.
In the final year you’ll be assessed on your dissertation and your studio-based module - culminating in an exhibition of your final-year work.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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 www.falmouth.ac.uk
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.|
|A level||We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Access to HE Diploma||60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.|
|Scottish Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|AS||We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Extended Project||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications|
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 Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. 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 http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening|
|PTE Academic||55.0||A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.|
|Trinity ISE||A minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.|
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
English language support at Falmouth
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|EU||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|International||£16,000 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.