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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, crafts practitioners, educators, critics, historians and recent graduates working across a wide range of specialist art, design and media practices.

An active, cross-disciplinary community of makers, it provides a fertile intellectual environment with strong support available to help you to experiment, solve technical problems, and reflect on your practice in its critical, professional and social context.

"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

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

We aim for our students to become proactive, agenda-changing professionals who can respond positively to the substantive issues facing contemporary society.

This dynamic postgraduate community offers a rich environment that allows dialogue between critical and technical expertise from a range of disciplines.

Our postgraduate students develop a distinctive position within their field by engaging with debates that influence practice across art and design networks. As a specialist art and design institution, Plymouth College of Art is well placed to provide this kind of cross-disciplinary emphasis.

Our Masters awards are embedded within wider research themes that 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 and media practice as change agency within 21st-century society. It addresses the urgent global questions of environmental, economic and cultural challenges of today.

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

Our expertise

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.

For more information about the structure of our MA and MFA programmes, download our programme structure infographic


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 2017/18 are offered a 10% discount, valid for up to 5 years after graduating.


For further information email

*Please note that these are new programmes for 2017 and are subject to validation from the Open University.