SAVE Falmouth Foundation - Protect the Future of the Arts
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Falmouth University’s Foundation Diploma in Art and Design has been suspended as of next September.
Education in the Arts is becoming increasingly downtrodden, it is the closure of essential courses like Foundations that are worth an urgent fight. A Foundation course can be essential to creative students before heading into undergraduate education, it allows a year to grow and explore practices that may be restricted during an A-Level, and Falmouth has been a leading and competitive course for almost 60 years.
The importance of Falmouth is prevalent also in location - for many talented Cornish students going upcountry isn’t a viable option financially, neither is jumping straight into a degree. Falmouth offers a top level and competitive course that frankly the South West otherwise lacks.
As well as being a leading course in Foundation Studies, the staff and tutors are incredible, a font of knowledge - many practicing artists or designers themselves. They deserve more than to be suspended, their hard work is reflected in the results and alumni of the course, aspirations leading achievement such as graduates from The Slade School of Fine Art, award winning directors, this years Turner Prize Winner and Turner Prize Nominee on separate occasions, and successful independent designers and artists in their own right.
Please appeal to save Falmouth’s prestigious Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, if you are a previous student you will understand the quality of the course, and if you are a creative or in support of the arts it’s key courses like Falmouth that we need to fight for. It is worth more than the University may know.
Let us make it clear to Anne Carlisle that the suspension of the Foundation is a huge nail in the coffin for Falmouth University.
"The course gave me the environment to experiment and learn alongside likeminded individuals, allowing the breadth and depth of my practice to grow beyond my expectations. The tutors gave me the confidence to continue my studies to bachelor’s level and furthermore inspired me to return to Falmouth to establish my own career as local fine artist" - Georgia Gendall, local practicing fine artist.
"The Art School has a tremendous legacy in our community and world wide. It is a stellar asset to Falmouth and Penryn but not on the current trajectory." - local supporter of the arts.
As a local and recent alumni of the course myself I cannot stress enough how fundamental it was to my learning and practice. It might not bring in money, but as an investment it certainly brings fresh passion and extremely talented students to Falmouth's legacy, the University and beyond.
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