Falmouth is an incredible place to study. It’s a place where collaboration, ideas, innovation and change makers are celebrated.
With a focus on the future, we’re exploring the potential of new technology and entrepreneurship, we’re pushing boundaries and capitalising on the power of creativity.
Our approach means that students are doing it for real from the moment they arrive on campus; getting the skills they need in order to be a part of the creative economy after graduation.
All of our courses are closely aligned with industry, so students tackle live briefs, work in professional-standard facilities and are taught by academics who are experts in their field.
Of course, university is more than just an academic experience. It’s also where you meet friends for life, find new passions and grow as an individual. Our vibrant, inclusive community is the foundation of student life. Like-minded people can find their tribe and thrive here.
Based in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, with a social scene to match much bigger destinations, it’s an amazing, inspiring place to live and study.
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Falmouth consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the UK. The town is set among stunning natural beauty in all directions, and you’ll find a rich mix of independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants as well as a year-round programme of events. We think it’s a special place - where else can you find world-class beaches, delicious food, music, culture and art, cutting-edge tech and innovation, and a vibrant creative community all in one place?!
With the great outdoors on your doorstep there is so much to see and do. Cornwall boasts over 400 miles of coastline and Falmouth itself is home to three beaches! You’ll find live music everywhere in Cornwall, from the local Falmouth festivals and music scene, to Eden Sessions, Tunes in the Dunes and Boardmasters – all worth checking out.
Our industry-standard facilities are accessible to all and designed to help you shape and define the future. Cutting-edge technology combines with traditional techniques across all our departments to give you the toolkit you need to bring your ideas to life, become an industry leading pioneer, and develop a skill set you’ll draw on every day in your professional life.
With our unique twice yearly Workshops Festival and weekly Wednesday Open Workshops, we throw open the doors to all our facilities so you can experience the very best of what Falmouth has to offer. Whether that’s trying your hand at making a video game or learning the art of metalworking, you’ll discover workshops across all disciplines and be able to delve deeper into your creativity than ever before.
- Games Academy with immersive experience development Lab, VR development stations and equipment such as HoloLens and motion capture suits
- Photography studios, dark rooms, process areas and photo-microscopy laboratory
- Laser cutters, Jacquard loom, digital embroidery machines, industrial sewing machines, knitting machines and dye labs
- Purpose-built performance venue with theatre space, rehearsal rooms, fully sprung dance floors and recording studios
- Equipment hire facilities including cameras, recording systems, synthesizers, lighting rigs, microphones, grip and stabilisation systems
- Art and design workshops including woodwork, printmaking, metal work, sculpture and wax modelling
- 3D scanning and rapid prototyping equipment
- Production studios, animation studios, stop motion studio and green screen
- Dedicated writers’ room and a fully equipped digital newsroom
- Podcasting and audio recording facilities
Our two libraries are a trove of books, digital resources, magazines, specialist material and journals. You’ll have access to image banks, news archives, creative databases, e-journals and streamed content. You’ll find a supportive team of librarians, technicians and archivists. There’s a range of study spaces including group study rooms, quiet study spaces and open plan areas with WiFi throughout. Our Penryn library is open 24/7 throughout the term. Students also have access to the University of Exeter collections in Exeter with a regular van service between the campuses.
We have IT suites on both campuses, plus a range of specialist training suites and a central service desk for support. You’ll also find Reprographics on the Penryn Campus; services include printing, copying, binding and laminating.
Whether you are looking for graduate-level or part-time job opportunities, Erasmus & Study Abroad exchanges, placements, or advice on starting a business or going freelance, you can access our Employability Service to support your professional development through to graduation and beyond.
You’ll find food outlets on both campuses as well as street food vans during the week. The Shop on our Penryn Campus sells groceries and fresh produce, snacks, newspapers and magazines. Our Falmouth campus Art Shop is stocked with a wide range of stationery and art materials for all mediums.
The Stannary Bar, at the Penryn Campus, hosts everything from open mic and quiz nights through to DJ sets with some of the country’s top artists, and head to AMATA for theatre, dance, music and comedy nights.
Each campus also has a Nursery, offering childcare and education for children up to five years.
Our Students’ Union (SU), is the only union in the country to represent students from two different universities; Falmouth and Exeter. The team provides over 150 societies and sports clubs, volunteering and fundraising opportunities, the chance to be politically active and represent your course mates and peers, as well as support and advice. Its aim is to ensure every student has the highest quality of education and the best experience possible during their time in Cornwall.
There’s a Sport Centre on our Penryn Campus, which provides a four-court sports hall, large fitness studio and gym. Regular classes run throughout the week, including Pilates, kettlebells, Boxercise and Zumba. Away from the gym, the Penryn Campus has a multi-use games area and outdoor gym equipment.
From surfing to Quidditch you’ll find a huge number of Students’ Union sports clubs as well as local football, rugby, netball, cricket and hockey teams. You can also make the most of our location and try surfing, gig rowing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding!
Student support and welfare services
Alongside the support you’ll receive in your academic department, we’re here to help you throughout your time at Falmouth and make sure you get the most out of university life. While you might never need them, rest assured that no matter how big or small your concerns – from money matters to mental health, housing to accessibility – our specialist teams are always available to answer your queries and provide advice and support.
Services include Living Support, Wellbeing Services, Accessibility & Inclusive Learning, Multifaith Chaplaincy, Academic Skills, Language courses and Software training.
Visit the website to find out more about our Support Services.
Today’s creatives need to be digitally agile and internationally focussed. This means having access to the right equipment and opportunities. We’re committed to helping you access these, regardless of your personal circumstances. All bursaries and awards are provided on top of any government support you’re entitled to.
Visit the Student Funding webpage to find out more.
Courses and fees
We assess every applicant on individual merit. We’re looking for students who can demonstrate enthusiasm and potential to succeed in their chosen subject, and consider a range of qualifications and relevant experience. You can find all our entry requirements on our course pages on the website.
Faculties / Departments
We have courses in the following subject areas:
- Advertising and Graphic Design
- Animation, Film and Television
- Architecture, Interior Design and Product Design
- Business, Marketing and Events
- Fashion and Textiles
- Fine Art and Illustration
- Performance, Theatre and Music
- Writing and Journalism
Tuition fees for full-time UK/EU students starting the academic year in 2020 will be £9250.
Bursaries and scholarships
Visit the funding webpages to find out about our range of bursaries.
Halls of residence
You’ll find a range of accommodation options located across Penryn and Falmouth, designed to appeal to all budgets and tastes. All flats are arranged in clusters of two to nine students and each offers free internet access, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, and, in some halls, a shared lounge or common room.
From self-contained apartments with sea views to en-suite rooms within shared flats, we offer a wide range of accommodation choices:
If you’re a first-year student, you’ll have a guaranteed place in our accommodation, as long as you get your application in on time.
Other housing options / Private halls
Falmouth and Penryn offer a wide variety of private sector housing. Our Accommodation team will support you in finding somewhere to live, offering one-to-one information, advice and guidance. There are also weekly drop-in sessions, accommodation fairs, house hunting seminars and online accommodation lists to help.
Prices vary depending on the accommodation. Visit the website for more information.
Why come to an open day
The best way to find out what’s it like to live and study at Falmouth is to visit us.
You’ll get to explore our world-class facilities with opportunities to get hands-on in our workshops, hear from lecturers, meet the Students’ Union, chat to current students and get all your questions answered. There will also be people on hand to offer portfolio and personal statement advice, as well as representatives from our Finance, Accommodation and Student Support teams.
We offer more flexible ways to visit us through mid-week Open Campus Days and Campus Tours if you can’t make our Open Days. Visit the website to find out about all the options.
Take a look at our virtual tour to see our industry-level facilities, and stunning location and campuses.
How to get to the uni
Visit the website for directions to our campuses.
Our campuses are dynamic, inspiring environments, where collaboration and creativity spark ideas and feed innovation.
Falmouth Campus is nestled in the heart of glorious sub-tropical gardens, with a lively creative community, impressive facilities and a library packed with resources, it’s the perfect space to share and develop your skills – and just a short stroll from the beach!
Penryn Campus is a contemporary creative hub - architectural innovation, outstanding facilities and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also where you’ll find our bustling student village, and the Stannary bar, which hosts a diverse range of musicians, DJs and club nights all through the year.
With great travel links between them, you can easily enjoy both.
Sports and recreation
Our location offers countless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. From surfing and kayaking to hiking and cycling, there’s something for everyone. The Students’ Union offer over 150 clubs, sports and societies, and if what you’re after isn’t there, they’ll help you set up your own!
Both Falmouth and Penryn are vibrant towns with an amazing cultural and social scene.
Falmouth might not be a city, but when it comes to weird and wonderful events, festivals, activities and nights out, our vibrant creative community constantly pushes the boundaries of what a small town can do. You’ll find boutique shopping, gourmet hotspots, cocktail bars, craft beer courtyards and beachside bistros. Not to mention galleries, music venues, cinema screenings and poetry slams.
Cornwall is known for its festival calendar. Annual events include Boardmasters, the Eden Sessions, Tropical Pressure, the Masked Ball and the Cornwall Film Festival. But you don’t have to go far to get involved, the International Sea Shanty weekender, Falmouth Oyster Festival and Real Ale Festival all take place in our very own Falmouth town.
Throughout Falmouth, bands play and open mic nights take place regularly. Check out bookshop-come-pub Beerwolf, The Chintz (a bar where Alice in Wonderland meets boho-chic), Jacob’s Ladder, Finn M’Coul’s, Gylly Beach Cafe and The Front where there’s a mix of upcoming bands, folk sessions and acoustic beats to keep you going.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dance, check out Toast, Mangos, Club I or the Rugby Club for a rich mix of commercial tunes and underground DJs to keep you moving ‘til late.
The Students' Union hosts a jam-packed programme of events throughout the year from the Freshers’ Ball to themed nights in the Stannary.
Further afield discover what’s on at the Old Bakery Studios in Truro, the Acorn in Penzance and the Eden Sessions.
Check out our student life pages to find more about living in Cornwall, what to see and where to go.
Term dates and study blocks are listed on our website.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Designer and Maker Tom Raffield, TV Director Toby Haynes, BAFTA-winning Game Developer Rex Crowle, Artists Tacita Dean, Hew Locke, Tim Shaw and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
Wellbeing services can support you through your time at university. Our councillors and Mental Health team provide expert advice and support to help you cope more effectively with any personal and emotional difficulties that may arise at university.
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
Freshers’ fortnight, run by the Students’ Union, offers plenty of events to help you settle in from local supermarket trips to parties on campus.
What sort of societies are there?
We have over 150 clubs and societies from Quidditch, Sea Swimming and Hip Hop to Cheerleading, Beekeeping and Pokémon!
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
Our Penryn and Falmouth campuses are roughly four miles apart. There are regular buses between the campuses. Falmouth Campus is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and beaches.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
Everything on campus is easily accessible. There is on-campus accommodation at Penryn.