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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
83% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£17.7k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff 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.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Find your place as an original thinker within the rapidly evolving visual communications industry. You’ll be continually encouraged to challenge yourself, push boundaries and realise your potential. You’ll learn how to analyse a text, generate strong conceptual solutions, compose an image and use colour effectively. You’ll also strengthen your drawing ability and ultimately develop a unique and compelling visual language. Illustration at Falmouth is renowned and respected for its emphasis on professional practice and its connection to the world of illustration. We’ll teach you about core business skills such as marketing, copyright and tax, and train you in the use of key software packages such as Photoshop and Illustrator. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain experience on live projects.


Year one: Your first year will begin by focusing on visual problem solving. This will develop your approach to conceptual thinking by encouraging you to explore a wide range of systematic and intuitive thinking strategies. This is strengthened through themed visual studies sessions, which include life drawing to enhance your drawing ability. Towards the end of the 1st year you'll begin to explore the different applied areas of illustration. Sessions on critical theory and the historical contexts that underpin illustration will run throughout the year. You'll also have the opportunity to travel to London to visit some of the capital's influential art directors and illustration agents, where you'll learn about illustration within the design industry. Part of this trip will include participating in a major illustration forum. ◦Visual Problem Solving - Conceptual thinking strategies for illustrators ◦Historial & Cultural Studies Essays ◦Applied Illustration - Contextualised illustration projects ◦Visual Studies - Life drawing, media experimentation, digital media Year two: Your second year will begin with a series of projects that continue the exploration of applied illustration. These projects will encompass advertising, book cover design, editorial illustration, children's book illustration and information illustration. In the second half of the year you'll develop and negotiate your own projects. This will allow you to put into practice what you've learnt, and develop your own direction in terms of your visual language and the area of the industry that you're interested in. ◦Contextual Illustration ◦Historical & Cultural Studies Essays ◦The Negotiated Programme (Development) - The development of studio practice ◦Dissertation research portfolio - The early development of dissertation Year three: In your final year you'll work towards both a physical and virtual portfolio of work. You'll also write a dissertation and produce a website of your work as part of professional practice studies. In addition, you'll get the opportunity to develop interactive screen-based illustration through a series of dedicated app development workshops. Finally you'll travel to New York, The Bologna Book Fair or a similar destination, in order to show your portfolio. The study trip enables you to get real feedback on your visual language from the best designers and art directors in the business. Alternatively you may decide to undertake a placement ◦The Negotiated Programme (Consolidation & Completion) - The continued consolidation and completion of studio practice ◦The dissertation - a major theoretical written piece of work ◦Professional Practice

Falmouth University

The design centre, Falmouth University

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts university that is a key player in the national and international creative scene. Our justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 83% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
74% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
341 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
69% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £17.7k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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