University college Falmouth end of Year show

27 May — 21 June 2008

University College Falmouth students celebrate completing their diploma with an end of year show this week.

Press Release/27 May 2008

The Foundation of Success

The one hundred and forty four University College Falmouth students who began their Foundation in Art and Design studies in September 2007 celebrated completing their diploma with an end of year show exhibition at The Poly and the College's Wellington Terrace Annexe this week.

The exhibition showcased a diverse selection of work produced by the students during the intensive thirty-weeks of study encompassing fine art, photography, fashion, graphic design and textiles and 3D Design with many of them successfully applying for degree courses at Falmouth and across the UK.

"Throughout the year I've watched shy students gain confidence not only in themselves but in what they can create and in how to express themselves and their ideas through trying different aspects of art and design. The exhibition celebrated this formative and exciting period where they ceased being nervous, noisy youngsters and began to grow into artists and designers who stopped and questioned themselves, their ideas and attitudes as well as those around them" said Phil Naylor, Course Leader on Foundation Studies in Art and Design.

Falmouth's Foundation course - available both full- and part-time - offers students an ideal gateway into higher education in art and design through a series of compelling lectures, seminars and practical projects. There are also opportunities to visit London's top galleries and museum's as well as across Europe and to receive talks from professionals in the world of contemporary art and design.

Anna Ronayne who came to Falmouth from Saltash Community School enjoyed the challenge of bringing purpose to items. "I took a brief from Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust to design a sustainable Drug Rehabilitation Centre and began drawing my ideas but realised I needed to be modelling, in paper, to create a sustainable building that incorporated interesting and calming shapes". Anna has been offered a degree place at Falmouth to study Design.

Deborah Collinson, a Theatre Nurse at Treliske before travelling and starting a family joined the course as she wanted to explore new avenues before deciding on whether to return to nursing. "I first started exploring lots of different materials and thought I would make something very big and colourful but through the year found that I was drawn more and more to porcelain and creating quite small and delicate objects. This is the best thing I could have done - just getting in there and having a go - the tutors were wonderful, really encouraging and help you to achieve potential you didn't know you had." Deborah will be starting her degree course at Falmouth in either Contemporary Crafts or Fine Art.

Poppy McKinnon-Evans was at school in Norwich before joining the Foundation course at Falmouth specialising in textile design. "I wanted to escape for a year to decide what I wanted to do and heard about the reputation of Falmouth and knew it was the only place I wanted to be - to study with such great tutors and live in the most idyllic place whilst doing it - it was the best decision I've ever made." Poppy will be relocating to London in the autumn to begin her degree studies at Central St Martins.


In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts to create a new institution focusing on the expansion of Falmouth's expertise in Art, Design and Media and Dartington's expertise in Choreography, Music, Theatre, Art and Writing.

The merger will pave the way for a new specialist Arts University in Cornwall in 2012, creating a Higher Education institution unique to the South West.

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For further information about Foundation Studies in Art & Design at University College Falmouth, visit, email or telephone Admissions on 01326 213854.

The Foundation Studies in Art & Design Show launches the College's summer season of exhibitions - from ceramics and textiles to creative writing and television, this year's Summer Shows feature the work of graduating students from the College's renowned courses in art, design and media and take place at both of its campuses - Woodlane in Falmouth and Tremough in Penryn - from Tuesday 17 June to Saturday 21 June 2005. The Shows will be open to the public - at Woodlane and Tremough - from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 June; from 10am to 4.30pm on Friday 20 June; and from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 21 June.
For further information about University College Falmouth, please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, Telephone: 00 44 (0)1326 213792; or email: