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Postgraduate Centre

The Postgraduate Centre is based near our city centre Tavistock Place campus.

Our Postgraduate programmes attract a wide range of artists, designers, craft and media practitioners, educators, critics and entrepreneurs, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices.

The Postgraduate Centre is a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, which welcomes recent graduates as well as established practitioners who are already active in their specialist fields.

"The course was a life-changing experience, enabling me to develop my practice in a variety of ways. Although I am primarily a painter and illustrator, my tutors encouraged me to explore other mediums, leading to a rich, experimental two years of study that incorporated conceptual, 3D and sound art." – Ethan Pennell, Graduate

 

Postgraduate study at Plymouth College of Art takes place in a stimulating intellectual environment with strong support for reflective practice, technical formation and career development. Our postgraduate courses include a suite of MA programmes, and we also offer an extended period of study through our MFA. If you already hold an MA and want to continue developing your work, an MFA will help you to further refine your research and practice for a public audience.

Our Postgraduate Centre is located in Studio 44, a few minutes walk from Plymouth College of Art’s Tavistock Place site. It houses two flexible teaching, study and display spaces dedicated to the use of postgraduate students. Teaching on MA programmes takes place at the Postgraduate Centre and across the Plymouth College of Art campus, where MA students engage with our technical facilities and areas of expertise relevant to their practice.    

At Plymouth College of Art, we embed postgraduate study within a practice-led research culture. The Postgraduate Centre hosts cross-disciplinary talks and student exhibitions which form an integral part of our commitment to experimental creative practice.

Plymouth College of Art’s commitment to Creative Learning and Social Justice is reflected in the diverse research undertaken at the institution. Among a wide range of research opportunities crossing art, design and media, postgraduate students engage with our biennial Making Futures conference and Making Learning symposium.

Students have access to all of our facilities, from glass and ceramics to photography and design.

Making Futures brings together an international community of scholars and makers, curators, businesses, economists, ethnographers, campaigners and activists around a critical agenda for contemporary art, design, craft and media practice as change agents within 21st-century society. Making Futures addresses the urgent global environmental, economic and cultural challenges of today.

Making Learning is oriented towards new developments in arts and pedagogy, especially those that examine new ways in which individuals, groups and institutions might understand their agency. Held at Tate Modern in 2017 and 2019, as part of Tate Exchange, Making Learning seeks to challenge implicit hierarchies of artistic engagement and linearity, using the processes of learning and unlearning to look afresh at the economic, political and ideological implications of ‘creativity’.

Our postgraduate students are proactive, transformative and agenda-changing professionals who contribute to the future of the creative and cultural industries, and who can respond positively to the substantive issues facing contemporary society.

Our dynamic postgraduate community offers a rich environment that provides critical and technical expertise in a range of disciplines. Our postgraduate students develop exposure within their field and refine their practice in a space that fosters experimentation and reflective engagement with issues that are shaping the world we hold in common.  

Our postgraduate students showcase their work at the annual MA Show.

Our expertise

Our postgraduate programmes invite you to explore and refine your creative practice by critically engaging with the cultural, technological and economic changes that are shaping our world.

Throughout your study, the focus is upon making, so that your creative practice is always at the centre of the research that you undertake. As a researcher, you will be encouraged to engage with Plymouth College of Art’s research culture as well as with academic communities across the world.

Our Masters programmes include opportunities to reflect on the technological, economic and cultural shifts that affect all contemporary making practices. We support a wide range of practice-based research with a particular focus on sustainable, technological, global and community futures. Our research staff have specialist expertise in the following areas:

  • Global critical curatorial practices.
  • Entrepreneurship for creative practices.
  • Sustainability for creative practices.
  • Materials-led investigation.
  • Fine art, design, media and craft specialist practices.
  • Creative education across the age continuum.
  • Socially-engaged art and ‘Social Practice’.

Programmes

Our taught postgraduate programmes provide you with core Masters-level training in specialist disciplines, research methods, critical thinking, ethics, project design, professional codes and conceptual frameworks, and an opportunity for negotiated study using outstanding workshop facilities. We offer the following programmes:

MA 3D Design Crafts
MA Ceramics
MA Creative Education: Making Learning
MA Digital Fabrication
MA Disruptive Design
MA Drawing
MA Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice
MA Fine Art
MA Glass
MA Illustration
MA Jewellery
MA Painting
MA Photography
MA Printmaking
MA Textile Design
MA Visual Communication
Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Find out more about our postgraduate programmes and see how to apply here.

Funding

Student Finance England’s new Postgraduate Loan application service is now open. The quickest and easiest way for students to apply is online.

We are encouraging students to apply as early as possible to make sure their Postgraduate Loan is ready for the start of their course.

The Alumni Progression Award gives Plymouth College of Art graduates applying for 2019/20 a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.

Contact

For further information email postgraduate@pca.ac.uk

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