Plymouth College of Art is an independent art college that welcomes 2,000 students, offering specialist art and design courses ranging from A Levels and Extended Diplomas to Bachelors and Master degree programmes. The college is a small and tight-knit community, allowing staff to support the individual development of all students. Courses are offered in a broad range of creative areas, including Animation, Ceramics, Games Design, Fashion, Film,Photography, and more. Professionals regularly deliver master classes and students continue to win prestigious national and international awards, illustrating the quality of academic and practice-based training the college delivers to all those who attend.
Quality art education
Plymouth College of Art was established in 1856 and today remains a specialist in its field. It offers a high quality education in art, design, and digital media and aims to be a creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation. The college encourages practice and individual development in all its students, championing artistic experiment, innovation and new thinking.
The college provides a multicultural environment where international students thrive and diversity is celebrated. Students engage with the community as well as national creative industries and learn in regional, national and international contexts.
After they graduate, students from Plymouth College of Art have access to a wide range of options, including employment, self-employment or further study. The college keeps strong links with its alumni, providing them with opportunities for future exhibitions, residencies, artist talks, teaching, research, and more. Students are taught by leading artists and practitioners who are active in and have strong networks with their areas of expertise so students leave fully prepared for the creative market.
Varied programmes of study
International students can choose from a variety of programmes and levels of qualification, including BA (Hons) and postgraduate degrees and the college can also accredit appropriate previous study for those wishing to specialise. Undergraduate programmes such as Animation, Ceramics, Fashion, Fine Art, Illustration, and Photography, demand an energetic and inquisitive approach to practice. Students produce practical work and are expected to contextualise ideas and write a final dissertation.
Masters programmes are available across five areas, including Contemporary Crafts, Photography, and Critical Curatorial Practices, and more. These courses provide students with an insight into the contemporary creative landscape and equip them to work effectively within it. Plymouth College of Art students regularly win prestigious awards, including the Prime Cuts Best Film in 2013 and the UK Best Undergraduate Fiction Film at the Royal Television Society (RTS) National Awards.
A culturally rich location
Plymouth, in the heart of Devon, welcomes students from all over the world. The city offers many art galleries, theatres and cinemas and is host to international events such as the British Art Show, America’s Cup, and the Jazz Festival. Plymouth’s old port area, The Barbican, is known for its cobbled streets, modern art galleries, and a creative business community.
Plymouth’s surroundings give students many opportunities to explore, from the moors of Dartmoor National Park to the stunning beaches of Devon and Cornwall. Its also well connected by road, rail, and ferry with destinations such as London, Bristol, Birmingham, Roscoff, Santander and more all easily accessible – while Exeter International Airport is less than an hour drive. Plymouth combines value for money with excellent quality of life, good links, and stunning local scenery.