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The Graduate School

The Graduate School is based within our city centre Tavistock Place campus.

Our Graduate School attracts artists, designers, craft and media practitioners, educators, critics, historians and recent graduates working across a wide range of specialist art, design, craft and media practices and beyond.

It provides a fertile, challenging and intellectual environment with strong support for technical formation, development and reflective practice in a critical, professional and social context. It is an active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers.

"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

In addition to our range of creative MA programmes, we also offer an 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.

The Graduate School is located in Studio 44, a 300m² maker space comprising of three transformative studios – from a dedicated life drawing studio to a space ready for students to work on large-scale pieces and a working space kitted out with smart screens and a mac suite. 

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

Our approach embeds a framework of growing Masters awards within wider research themes, and an active postgraduate community that also extends to our biennial Making Futures symposium, hosted in Plymouth.

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. 

It addresses the urgent global environmental, economic and cultural challenges of today. 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. 

This dynamic postgraduate community offers a rich environment that provides critical and technical expertise in a range of disciplines. Our postgraduate students develop confidence within their field, by refining their practice in a space that fosters experimentation and engagement with debates that influence practice across art, design, craft and media networks and disciplines. 

Ocean Studios is filled with designer-makers working in a diverse range of practices.

Our expertise

Our Masters 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 present your work, engaging with Plymouth College of Art’s own research horizons in sustainable, technological, global and community futures, as well as with academic communities across the world. 

We’re a partner institution of The Open University (OU), who validate all our Masters programmes. 

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’.


Our taught Masters 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 under highly specialist supervision and 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 Masters programmes and see how to apply here.


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.

Plymouth College of Art graduates applying for 2018/19 study are offered a discount of 10% on Masters programme fees, valid for up to 5 years after graduating.


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