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Palace Studios

Palace Studios, home to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design students.

Palace Studios is situated on Buckwell Street in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre, adjacent to the planned British Land-owned Bretonside multiplex and cinema redevelopment and on the same street as the college’s new Palace Court Pre Degree Campus, which was shortlisted for Building of the Year Award 2016 by The Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall.

“Palace Studios is unique – a place dedicated to Foundation, which is all about discovery and exploring the sheer variety of subjects on offer in this growing industry. Foundation-level creative study is the perfect way for young students to make informed choices about future study and careers, and whichever path they choose, this experience will make their work all the richer for it.”
— Lady Frances Sorrell


Palace Studios includes two large specialist studios, comprising spaces over 160m2, designed to meet the needs of modern art, design and media students plus high windows for natural light, all housed only 250 metres away from the sea and five minutes walk from Plymouth College of Art’s HE campus at Tavistock Place. 

Lady Frances Sorrell, Sir John Sorrell & Professor Andrew Brewerton at the official opening of Palace Studios.

Palace Studios adds to the regeneration of the area between Drake Circus and the Barbican, which we contributed to in 2016 with the opening of Palace Court on Buckwell Street, the college’s dedicated Pre-Degree campus for over 600 16 to 19-year-olds studying creative Extended Diplomas. Since 2010 Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts have invested more than £25m in the city of Plymouth, and created circa 200 new jobs.

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design being taught in Palace Studios is a qualification unique to the creative industries, designed to offer ambitious students the opportunity to spend a year immersing themselves in discovery, experimentation and exploration of different artistic disciplines that are unavailable in conventional education settings.

Through practical workshops and seminars, students are introduced to a range of media, materials, processes, resources and equipment, nurturing creativity and confidence, within a creatively diverse environment that is a progressive gateway to the wider world of art and design, in Europe and beyond.

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is the threshold to a rich and diverse spectrum of art, craft, design and media degree-level progression pathways into the UK’s world-leading creative industries, where employment is projected to grow by a million new jobs by 2030. At £87.4bn GVA, the UK’s creative industries are now bigger than the automotive, life sciences, oil and gas, and aerospace industries combined, jobs seen as far more resilient to automation than those in other sectors.

Palace Studios was officially opened by Lady Frances Sorrell OBE, Co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation and Saturday Club Trust, on Thursday 2 November 2017.

For information on visiting Palace Studios, please visit our Getting Here page.