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Welcome to Plymouth College of Art

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.

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. 

About us

Our Level 3 Extended Diplomas, accredited by UAL, are equivalent to three full A-levels, or a maximum of 420 UCAS points. Students will be supported to progress to Higher Education at Plymouth College of Art, another university or into employment.

We normally offer places to students who have at least four GCSEs at grade A* to C including English and preferably with one in a creative subject, and who show commitment and enthusiasm for art and design through examples of creative work. 

Facilities available

  • FabLab Plymouth - 'Fabrication Laboratory'
  • Craft Design and Fabrication Workshops housing our Jewellery studios, Printed Textile Design workshop spaces, our Glass-blowing house, our Ceramics space, our Illlustration area, and our new FabLab.
  • Equipment Resource Centre 
  • Library
  • The Print Lab
  • The College Shop

Additional support

Students who disclose high needs who have a statement or an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) will be contacted directly and will have their needs further assessed by the Pre-Degree Learning Support Coordinator. 

Support for students with an EHCP is usually delivered on a one to one basis by a dedicated member of support staff.

All our students will be given the opportunity to complete an initial assessment at the beginning of their course, which will identify any indications of Dyslexia and any literacy or numeracy support needs.

Support for students with low to moderate needs is usually provided by our dedicated Study Zone. The Study Zone offers one to one and group study support sessions that can be booked by students themselves or direct referral can be made by their course tutor. Our Study Zone also has a range of online resources to support study skills, accessible to all our students.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Plymouth College of Art directly.

Last updated date: 07 June 2016

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