Plymouth College of Art

Established in 1856, Plymouth College of Art is an independent, university-sector art school run by artists and designers for artists and designers. 

A Progressive Continuum

Home to a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers for whom creativity is as important as reading and writing, the college, which is a Founding Associate of Tate Exchange and home to Fab Lab Plymouth, offers a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media – combining over 160 years of history with up-to-the-minute thinking and cutting-edge facilities. 

Diverse Processes & Practices

Plymouth College of Art is a UK Advisory Council Member of the Creative Industries Federation, a Member of the Crafts Council Advisory Group and a Steering Group Member of the Cultural Learning Alliance. Plymouth College of Art is known internationally as home to physical and digital working environments that encompass some of the richest and most diverse ecosystems of materials, technologies, processes and practices available in an art school. 

A New Era of Thinking & Making

Following an intensive period of development in response to the 2020 pandemic, in consultation with students and practicing artists Plymouth College of Art recently launched an extended creative studio pedagogy, a hybrid of live online and on-campus creative practice within the physical environment of the college’s rich diversity of industry-standard studios and workshops.

Social Justice & Creative Learning

More than 2,000 students across two city-centre campuses receive high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, providing a 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 the DNA of Plymouth College of Art and at the heart of everything that staff and students do.


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of our full-time UK graduates in 2017 are employed or in further study*


visitors to the college’s public on-site gallery every year

Future-proofing the next generation of creative talent 

With one million new jobs forecast in the UK’s thriving creative industries by 2030*, there’s never been a more exciting time to study a creative specialism at Plymouth College of Art. From day one of their studies, students are encouraged to think of themself as a professional practitioner. Employability is at the heart of the college’s curriculum design with both practical and theoretical learning and an enviable programme of visiting lecturers, live projects and industry placements. Graduates go on to direct music videos for Dua Lipa, produce shows for the BBC, pitch fashion for ASOS, design games for Playstation and shoot photography for The Guardian. 


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*DHLE 16/17
** The Independent Review of the Creative Industries, 2017