The creative specialist

Falmouth University is a vibrant specialist creative multi-arts institution based in the beautiful South-west of England. The courses cover the areas of Art, Design, Fashion, Gaming, Photography, Entrepreneurship, Business, Film, Animation, Music, Performance, Journalism and Writing.

Falmouth’s world-class resources are fully integrated into your course, forming an essential part of your university provision. The university is constantly investing in facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and expert technicians, giving you everything you need to excel in your career. At Falmouth ideas, innovation, collaboration and change-makers are celebrated. Students are doing it for real from the moment they arrive at the University - getting the skills they need in order to be a part of the creative economy after graduation.

Falmouth University’s undergraduate degrees are three years in length, focused on the subject area and closely aligned with industry, so students tackle live briefs, work in industry-standard facilities and are taught by academics who are professionals in their field.



Between the 1920s and 1960s saw an influx of influential artists to Cornwall. 

Artists included Barbara Hepworth, Kit Wood and Alfred Wallis. The attraction of Cornwall’s breathtaking natural beauty continues to attract artists and creative individuals.

Cornwall is the 2nd largest creative hub in the UK outside of London and Falmouth University continues the tradition of developing creative individuals in Cornwall.

Falmouth has a wonderful creative community of artisans producing everything from arts and crafts to food and drink.

Falmouth University is located on the south coast of Cornwall. Falmouth University is based across two campuses in the joining towns of Falmouth and Penryn only ten minutes drive apart. 


Skilled and industry ready

The creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy. One in six of all jobs held by graduates in the UK now sit within the creative economy, which is worth £76.9 billion, and Falmouth provides a gateway into this sector.


Distance Learning/Online Opportunities

For candidates unable to dedicate a full in-country year to their studies, either because of work or family responsibilities etc. Falmouth has some excellent, innovative and fully flexible Distance/Online Master’s degree programs available in Photography, Advertising and Marketing, Creative App Development and Creative Events Management. Even though there are some exciting and attractive “in-person” workshops built into these options, none of them are compulsory and you really can design your study schedule to fit with your individual circumstances. Contact your Across the Pond Advisor for more information.


Successful alumni

Graduates include Turner Prize, Jerwood Prize and Man Booker Prize nominees and they work across the world at the highest levels of the global creative industries for organizations such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Mulberry, Nike, the Guardian, Google, Ogilvy, Aardman, Disney, Penguin, BBC, Universal, Elle, Burberry, Adidas, Paul Smith, Pentagram, The Times, and Reuters. For a list of notable alumni, please see the Falmouth University facts page.

If you are interested in applying to Falmouth University, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: about 5,000

Number of international students: 13%

City population: approximately 25,000

Location: Coastal setting on the South-west coast of England. Campuses based in Falmouth and Penryn

Closest airports: Newquay airport is approximately 25 miles away from Falmouth

Date of establishment: 1902 as an Arts College. 2012 approved as Falmouth University

Areas of expertise:  Fine Art, Design, Film, Writing, Performance

Notable alumni:

  • Rex Crowle is a leading creative in the digital games industry.
  • Hugh Pym is a well known political journalist and author who has worked at the major television networks: the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Sky TV.
  • Jethro Macey is a multi-award-winning product designer. He runs his own design practice, his clients include Liberty, Urban Outfitters, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Design Museum.
  • Tim Shaw is a leading sculptor who has gained accolades and awards worldwide for his work.
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a well-regarded artist who has been shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize, widely recognized internationally as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts.
  • John Donohue studied music composition and was recently shortlisted for anEmmy for a score he produced for a television production.  


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Emily F.
Falmouth University
Why Falmouth?

Having visited Falmouth a few times before coming to Falmouth University, I knew that I loved the town. There is such a friendly, creative and welcoming community at both the University and in Falmouth, it was an easy choice.

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Christer L.
Falmouth University
Why Falmouth?

Not many places offer something as specific as Performance Sportswear Design. I spoke to two alumni who share the same passion as me in football kits. They have great things to say about the course. I also exchanged emails with… Read more

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