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Projects and Partnerships

In recent years, Plymouth College of Art has considerably developed its activity, presence and profile in European-funded partnership projects. We are proud to work alongside a number of leading creative institutions across Europe and further afield.

During 2017-2018, the college secured over £600,000 of funding from a range of EU programmes, including the European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund), Erasmus+, INTERREG Atlantic Area and Creative Europe.

Our Projects and Partnerships team work with other areas of the college to drive innovative artistic practice, increase business-facing activity, facilitating knowledge exchange and SME support, start-up incubators, and new kinds of creative and design-led entrepreneurial interventions in youth settings.

Read on to discover more about the Projects and Partnerships that the college is involved in leading and supporting.

  • Smart Citizens Programme (SCP)

    Working with citizens, communities and businesses in Plymouth and the region to provide access to digital fabrication facilities, training in digital design and manufacturing and support with sustainable entrepreneurship.

  • BFI Film Academy

    Plymouth College of Art, in partnership with BFI, hosts the prestigious BFI 16-19 Film Academy programme. Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance for talented 16-19-year-olds to be part of our future film industry.

  • Improving Lives

    Improving Lives Plymouth runs information, advice and support services for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

  • Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs

    Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs is a European project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area programme, aiming at building a model of social innovation for young people supporting social entrepreneurship, employment and education in the creative and cultural industries.

  • Hidden Talent in Devon

    Hidden Talent in Devon is an exciting new project that enables people from a range of backgrounds to access creative workshops and learn new skills.

  • SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon)

    SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon) enables local SMEs to access training in 2D & 3D digital design and manufacturing at Fab Lab Plymouth.

  • Street Factory

    Street Factory CIC is a Plymouth-based hip-hop company who are investing in young people across the South West.

  • HackFest

    HackFest is a county-wide project that engages around 200 young people and schools across Devon in digital making, 3D design and coding activities, to create product prototypes that will solve societal issues of the future.

  • DCON

    Devon Collaborative Outreach Network (DCON) aims to raise the aspirations of young people studying in local and regional schools and make them aware of the opportunities in Higher Education.

  • PETS

    The PETS project saw our students taking up work placements in Cyprus and Slovakia – to learn traditional craft skills indigenous to different cultures across Europe.

  • Euranim

    The Euranim project focuses on innovative digital animation technologies and their application in large-scale public and cultural works.


    The STEPS cluster (Soft Skills Training Enabling Progression and Sustainability) looks to develop students’ ‘soft skills’ – the personal and employability skills that are key in individuals furthering careers.

  • Made@EU

    The Made@EU project is a European FabLab partnership that sees the college working in partnership with prestigious organisations in Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Budapest.

  • The Sorrell Foundation

    The Sorrell Foundation aims to inspire creativity in young people and improve quality of life through good design. They also founded the National Art & Design Saturday Club programme.

  • Plymouth Arts Centre

    Plymouth Arts Centre often collaborates with The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art to bring large scale and high profile exhibitions to the city.

  • Jeremiah’s Journey

    We are proud to be working in partnership with Jeremiah's Journey, a local charity that offers support to children and their families who have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special.

  • Making Futures

    Making Futures is a biannual international conference hosted by Plymouth College of Art that aims to improve understanding of how contemporary crafts are practised in relation to developing global, environmental and sustainability issues.

  • Crysalis Project

    Part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund, the Crysalis project is a collaboration between Plymouth College of Art; University for the Creative Arts in Rochester; the city of Calais, and TIO3 in Belgium.

  • Plymouth School of Creative Arts

    We are making a school… Plymouth School of Creative Arts is a 4-16 mainstream, city centre all-through school sponsored by Plymouth College of Art, which opened its Primary phase in September 2013 and will open Secondary in 2014.