Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art school offering a range of study across Art, Design and Digital. Study here and you’ll be taught by highly skilled tutors and supported by expert technicians. Our commitment to our students is second to none, in workshops, studios and beyond. Our tutors won’t just set assignments and leave you to get on with it. Open and approachable, they’re committed and involved in the whole college community, living and breathing art. As artists, they know how important it is to trial ideas and share expertise. They understand what it takes to develop a portfolio or prepare for an exhibition. They also know it’s essential to be able to think practically as well as creatively. Our course leaders arrange for industry to set and assess real-life briefs, helping students to understand how to succeed in business – without compromising creativity or integrity.
We are a specialist school for artists, run by artists. We combine over a century's worth of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities including a brand new £7.7m art, craft and digital design wing which opened in September 2014. Here, fashion designers, photographers, graphic designers, fine artists and many more learn and create side-by-side. Whatever your specialism, you will have the chance to swap skills and experiment with other methods. You will learn in small groups and have all the time you need with tutors and technicians. They will share their expertise, while encouraging you to find your own path and develop your creative strengths. You will work to live briefs set by industry professionals. You will use industry standard equipment and software, and we will give you regular opportunities for networking and work experience. With a focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship, you will gain essential business skills such as how to price and sell your work.
Our college has strong links with the wider community. We run a busy national and international programme of visiting artists, exhibitions, public events and partnership activities. As a student here you’ll be making connections with artists, industry and potential employers from day one. Many art colleges are phasing out traditional crafts such as print or analogue photography to focus more on digital methods. While we have some of the best digital courses and equipment in the country, we’re also constantly developing and improving our traditional art courses. To illustrate our commitment, we’ve invested in a new specialist art, craft and digital design centre. Phase 1 opened in September 2013 and costing almost £8M, these state-of-the-art ceramics, glass and digital design workshops include a range of facilities such as 3D printing and laser cutting.
SO MUCH MORE THAN A SCHOOL:
TAUGHT BY PRACTISING ARTISTS
TREATED LIKE CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS
LEARN THROUGH LIVE BRIEFS
ACCESS TO WORLD-LEADING FACILITIES
LINKS WITH INDUSTRY
OPPORTUNITY TO PROGRESS
CREATIVE CAREER ADVICE
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