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About Us

Go beyond the studio and interrogate the social, aesthetic and practical dimensions of contemporary practice with staff and students from the interdisciplinary School of Arts + Media.

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.

Our academic schools understand that for creative and intellectual curiosity to flourish, this requires the right balance of ingredients; from access to internationally-acclaimed artists and industry professionals, to world class campus-based specialist workshops and studios; from inspirational teaching that reimagines the world we live in, to flexible approaches to learning that encourage participation and heighten creative engagement.

At Plymouth College of Art, we invite and inspire new modes of creative practice that redefine citizenship in the 21st century. Our programmes examine the interconnectedness of the arts and society, exploring distinct disciplines, expanded fields of study, and the spaces emerging between, across and beyond.

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Undergraduate Study

In their contemporary configuration, arts and media exist in an expanded field where studio and world collide. As artists and media makers living in a richly connected society, we are in constant contact with forces beyond the studio where we routinely encounter economic, cultural and technological systems that shape our experience in both intimate and extraordinary ways.

In the School of Arts + Media we encourage an understanding of contemporary creative practice as an interdisciplinary endeavour that occurs in the lab, studio, street, landscape, library, theatre, and home. Artists today must rely on deep knowledge of traditional forms and materials as well as have meaningful opportunities to extend their creativity into professional contexts that influence where and how we experience culture in the public realm and in a post-studio environment.

With a broad range of programmes designed to extend into adjacent creative disciplines, we invite you to build a distinct practice that expresses awareness of the past with an innovative eye toward the future. Our arts and media programmes afford you a unique education that unites the social, aesthetic and practical dimensions of your creative practice so that you are not merely a maker of things or experiences, but a researcher of the possible, capable of re-imagining the shape of society.

Our innovative approach to your learning incorporates our extended creative studio pedagogy – a hybrid of online and on-campus creative practice within our diverse industry-standard studios and workshops. This is supported through regular one-to-one and group teaching in studios and workshops; and live through our digital platforms to include video-streamed guest lectures by internationally-acclaimed artists, digital roundtable discussions with industry pros, online peer-to-peer crits and technical workshops.

Our units of study are designed to deliver a tailored art-school experience that builds your technical skills, nurtures your ideas and develops your conceptual and critical voice, connecting you with real-world projects nationally, internationally and in our local community. Moreover, our curriculum is designed to accelerate the personal and professional attributes needed for a career in the creative industries.

One of the things that has drawn me across the Atlantic is Plymouth College of Art’s commitment to material practice and dedicated physical spaces to make, which internationally are becoming a rarity. The studio spaces and resources at the college offer possibilities for new hybrids between analogue and digital making techniques, for using digital and physical expertise to solve problems creatively.
Stephanie Owens, Head of School (Arts + Media)