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Founded in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is an art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers.

We are home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom making is as important as reading and writing, and where the purpose of learning is inseparable from that of living your life. A place for making things, and making things happen. For making a difference.

WHAT WE BELIEVE: LIVE. MAKE. KEEP CREATING

We believe that high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice is the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation.

Social justice, through community impact and social mobility, and creative learning, through pedagogical innovation, are part of our DNA and at the heart of everything that we do.

We provide a platform, a crucible, a space where people come together, explore new horizons, and push the boundaries of creative practice.

Together, we imagine, experiment, think, learn, make things, and make things happen. Whatever you want to make, wherever you want to go, the journey starts here, and never stops.

SPACES TO MAKE

Our working environment is widely regarded as one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems of materials, technologies, processes, practices, art forms and ideas that you will find in the form of an art college.

At a time when others are narrowing the range and ecology of their learning environments, we have invested heavily in both digital and analogue dimensions – because we believe that the space of learning offers, or withdraws, the possibility of learning.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We are committed to making a difference in everything that we do.

In response to the ongoing drive to marginalise the creative arts in mainstream education in the UK, we founded Plymouth School of Creative Arts and built The Red House in an inner-city area of significant social and economic deprivation. Together, we’re building a progressive continuum of creative learning and practice extending from early years to Masters level postgraduate study, research and professional practice.

In 2016 Plymouth College of Art was ranked in the top fifteen Higher Education Institutions in the country for having the highest level of female membership of governing bodies.

In 2016/17, Plymouth College of Art had the highest percentage from across the South East, the South West, and London, of full-time entrants aged under 21 years old, who are entering Higher Education for the first time from neighbourhoods with low participation in Higher Education.

In 2017 we were awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark for our systemic commitment to community engagement and to creating positive social change. And in 2018 we were ranked as 5th out of Higher Education Institutions in the UK for class equality and access to higher education.

This year we created a fashion manufacturing business,Makers HQ, as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in partnership with the Millfields Trust, to drive community regeneration, increase retention of highly-skilled graduates and to reignite the fashion manufacturing sector within the South West.


Programs

Bachelor's degree
Art & Design Length Location
3D Design Crafts 6 years Plymouth
3D Design Crafts 3 years Plymouth
3D Design Crafts (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Animation
Animation 6 years Plymouth
Animation 3 years Plymouth
Animation (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Fashion Design
Costume Production and Associated Crafts 6 years Plymouth
Costume Production and Associated Crafts 3 years Plymouth
Costume Production and Associated Crafts (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Fashion 3 years Plymouth
Fashion 6 years Plymouth
Fashion (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Jewellery 6 years Plymouth
Jewellery 3 years Plymouth
Jewellery (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Fine Art
Ceramics and Glass 3 years Plymouth
Ceramics and Glass 6 years Plymouth
Ceramics and Glass (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial 3 years Plymouth
Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial 6 years Plymouth
Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Fine Art 3 years Plymouth
Fine Art 6 years Plymouth
Fine Art (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Illustration 6 years Plymouth
Illustration 3 years Plymouth
Illustration (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Painting Drawing and Printmaking 6 years Plymouth
Painting Drawing and Printmaking 3 years Plymouth
Painting Drawing and Printmaking (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Photography 6 years Plymouth
Photography 3 years Plymouth
Photography (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Graphic Design
Graphic Design 3 years Plymouth
Graphic Design 6 years Plymouth
Graphic Design (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Industrial Design
Product Design and Innovation 6 years Plymouth
Product Design and Innovation 3 years Plymouth
Product Design and Innovation (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Interior Design
Interior Decoration, Design and Styling 3 years Plymouth
Interior Decoration, Design and Styling 6 years Plymouth
Interior Decoration, Design and Styling (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Business
Management
Fashion Media and Marketing 3 years Plymouth
Fashion Media and Marketing 6 years Plymouth
Fashion Media and Marketing (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Computer Science & IT
Game Design & Development
Game Arts 3 years Plymouth
Game Arts 6 years Plymouth
Game Arts (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Engineering & Technology
Textile Engineering
Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern 3 years Plymouth
Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern 6 years Plymouth
Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Textile Practices 3 years Plymouth
Textile Practices 6 years Plymouth
Textile Practices (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Media & Communications
Digital Media
Digital Media Production 3 years Plymouth
Digital Media Production 6 years Plymouth
Digital Media Production (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Film & Media Studies
Film 3 years Plymouth
Film 6 years Plymouth
Film (Extended Degree) 4 years Plymouth
Master's degree
Art & Design
3D Design Crafts (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
3D Design Crafts (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Disruptive Design (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Disruptive Design (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Printmaking (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Printmaking (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Fashion Design
Jewellery (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Jewellery (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Fine Art
Ceramics (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Ceramics (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Drawing (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Drawing (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Fine Art (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Fine Art (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Glass (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Glass (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Illustration (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Illustration (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Painting (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Painting (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Photography (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Photography (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Engineering & Technology
Textile Engineering
Textile Design (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Textile Design (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Media & Communications
Visual Communication (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Visual Communication (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Digital Media
Digital Fabrication (Taught) 2 years Plymouth
Digital Fabrication (Taught) 1 year Plymouth
Teaching & Education
Creative Education: Making Learning (Taught) 2 years Plymouth

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Plymouth College of Art

Tavistock Place
PL4 8AT Plymouth Devon


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