Master’s programmes are short, intensive learning experiences which demand a high level of independence and a specific set of learning skills. This programme is tailored to help you develop the skills required to do well at MA.

It is designed to bridge the gap between your ability/experience and the ambition to study at postgraduate level. Emphasis is placed on encouraging you to become an independent learner and confident within the English-speaking educational culture.

The Graduate Diploma will help you to develop your spoken English in order to achieve the required level for direct entry onto a Master’s. It will also give you the experience you need an understanding of UK learning and teaching styles, to help you develop your portfolio further and build on existing skills or develop potential lines of research.

What to Expect

The learning experience of the Graduate Diploma will vary according to the individual needs and Master’s course you are aiming for. As a student you will, however :

  • develop an appreciation of current critical debates that are shaping the future of your subject.
  • enter into dialogue with a mix of specialists, providing a unique context for discussion.
  • gain proficiency in digital media skills to become creative entrepreneurs within the current digital age.
  • develop fundamental skills in your specialist area.
  • enhance your own critical reflection of practice.
  • learn how to present your work with an informed awareness of context and audience.
  • build a strong portfolio and learning journal as well as develop research proposals to support your MA application.

Entry Requirements

20 years +

Educational Level
Students should normally hold:

  • a good Level 6 qualification (BA (Hons) degree or equivalent qualification);
  • or a Level 5 international qualification (for example, 3 Years Diploma from a University in China)

in an art or design or a closely related subject including Graphic Design, Illustration, Visual Communication, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Photography, Interior / Spatial Design, Architecture, Product Design, Fine Art.

CSVPA recognises a variety of qualifications and relevant professional experience and encourages applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures with a demonstrative interest in the subject.

English level
September start: IELTS 5.5+ in every component

Good portfolio of work


Course Length
2 semesters

Falmouth University

Contact Time
Up to 30 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Master’s in an Art & Design or Creative Industries subject

What Should I Include in my Portfolio?

Your portfolio is the chance to show us your skills and your passion and as a guide, we would like to see some, but not necessarily all, of the following:

  • drawing of any kind
  • project and self-initiated work, to include work in progress or finished pieces, showcasing a level of visual skill and creativity
  • evidence of primary and secondary research, which might include information from reference books, magazines, exhibition or museum visits
  • your thinking and development process in sketchbooks or notebooks, including reflective thinking
  • personal ideas and areas of interest (if fashion is your passion, show us)
  • experimentation with a range of different media and materials, showing evidence of innovative thinking where possible
  • a breadth of interest in an exploration of a range of art and design disciplines
  • evidence of cultural awareness, identifying social and cultural influences on your work.

If you are submitting your portfolio digitally, you should include between 10–15 images in total, showcasing a range of work, which might include sketchbook pages.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 17, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 semesters
4,500 GBP
Home/EU per semester| International Students: £7,845 per semester
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