Falmouth University

 

Overall ranking: A new entry, in at 60th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Created in 1902 as a private art school. Artists such as Barbara Hepworth supported its becoming a recognised art college but it changed its name to University College Falmouth in 2005, having been granted the right to award its own degree in 2004. In April 2008, Dartington College of Arts merged with University College Falmouth and in December 2012, it became Falmouth University.

Address: There are two campuses. The first is set in the lush sub-tropical gardens of Falmouth, a seaside resort on the unspoilt south coast of Cornwall. The second, opened in 1999, is a 70-acre country estate three miles away at Penryn, and is now the multi-million-pound hub campus of the combined universities in Cornwall, shared with the university of Exeter.

Ambience: A creative community, with surfing nearby. Wonderful sea views at Falmouth from the old Fox family house on the hill, the oldest part of the college. Modern buildings put up in the last 30 years in the Fox gardens, which stretch down to the sea and include art and design studios, and an interactive arts centre. The ancient township of Penryn oozes history but the modern campus at Tremough provides a friendly learning environment, with a multitude of exciting design and media courses.

Who's the boss? The Rector Professor Anne Carlisle, a practising artist, writer and broadcaster, and an award-winning academic, whose background is firmly established in the visual arts and creative industries.

Prospectus: 01326 213 730 or request one here.

UCAS code: F33, Campus A: Tremough and Woodlane Campus B: Dartington

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Students have an average of 285 UCAS entry points, with a minimum requirement of 220. Portfolios are needed for all art and design courses.

Vital statistics: A college of art, design, media, and performance, it has around 3,500 students, more than 3,200 of whom are full-time undergraduates.

Added value: Vocational courses with plenty of practical work. Work experience placements are common, as are lectures from visiting professors and other professionals. Part of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association. New performance centre and additional facilities, with £100m investment since 2004.

Teaching: 100th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching.

Research: 66th out of 124 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Particular strengths include art and design, and drama, dance and performing arts.

Graduate prospects: 98th out of 124 with 54.5 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. University-arranged halls (some shared with Exeter University) average £120 per week. Demand is high but those missing out on a single-occupancy room may be offered one to share with another student for around £70 per week.

Cheap to live there? Not too bad- for local rented accommodation you could expect to pay between £75 and £90 per week.

Transport links: Take the train to Truro and change there for Falmouth Town or Penryn, or go by coach. Free bikes and discounted buses between campuses.

Fees: £9,000 a year for full-time UK and EU undergrads. International students pay more but the cost varies depending on the course.

Bursaries: Available to students with low household incomes and in receipt of certain benefits. Students with a household income of less than £42,600 will be eligible for a maintenance grant of up to £3,250 per year. Various other awards and scholarships.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The Stannary bar on the Penryn campus lays on events including live music and club nights. Numerous pubs, bars and a couple of clubs offering quirky and alternative options. A rich scene in a beautiful location.

Price of a pint: About £3 in Falmouth on average.

Sporting reputation: Not very sporty if the BUCS league is anything to go by- ranked 117th. Watersports is huge here though- there's a big stand-up paddle boarding scene.

Notable societies: There's not a huge range on offer, but plenty of arty ones, as expected. Fans of bees and honey will enjoy BeeSoc which gives students the chance to care for campus hives. Or take a spot of brew with the Tremough High Tea Society.

Glittering alumni: Tacita Dean, artist shortlisted for 1999 Turner Prize; Fergus Walsh and Matthew Amroliwala, correspondents for the BBC; Jethro Macey, designer and winner of the 2009 Hidden Art annual award; Tim Shaw, winner of the £10,000 Federation of British Artists Selectors' Choice award as part of the Threadneedle Figurative Prize; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Turner Prize nominee; Angus Walker, ITV China correspondent.

Alternative prospectus: Meet current, former and prospective students in The Student Room to talk about all things Falmouth University.

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