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Posted 05.12.17

In Pictures: Design to Sell 2017

By Sarah Packer

Last week, our pre-degree students, aged 16 to 19, hosted the opening of the twentieth annual Design to Sell event, exhibiting and selling their original work at the college’s Palace Court campus on Buckwell Street, beside the Barbican.

Design to Sell is a collaborative project involving students from our range of Extended Diplomas hosting a public exhibition and pop-up shop where students can sell their work and gain valuable market exposure, as entrepreneurs and professional practitioners.

As an enterprise, Design to Sell gives students the opportunity to develop as independent designer-makers, creating high-quality handmade products for paying customers, as well as gaining commercial experience and acquiring transferable skills with a live understanding of the creative industry. Now in its twentieth year, Design to Sell featured an eclectic range of work, including illustration, painting, glasswork, metalwork, ceramics, photography, fashion, textiles, printmaking and more.

"These are ferociously creative young talents and it shows in the high quality of work they’ve been creating in preparation for the exhibition.”

— Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean  Pre-degree

Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean, Pre-degree at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Design to Sell has been running at the college for 20 years and since it began we’ve seen a lot of other sixth form colleges take up the idea of creating an event where students can sell their work to the public. The difference, however, is that when students join our creative Extended Diplomas at Plymouth College of Art, they’re creating work from day one that’s designed to be sold and exhibited publicly in the real world.

“Employers tell us they can see the difference that this makes, and we also have a healthy amount of students who go on to set up their own businesses following Design to Sell. These are ferociously creative young talents and it shows in the high quality of work they’ve been creating in preparation for the exhibition.”

The Level 3 Extended Diplomas delivered by Plymouth College of Art are designed in collaboration with industry and education partners, and recognised by UCAS, arts universities throughout the UK and by employers in the creative industries. This year 37% of Plymouth College of Art UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma students obtained a Distinction, which is equivalent to 3 A*s at A-level or 168 UCAS points. This was significantly higher than the national average of 23% of students who receive a Distinction in the UAL accredited qualification, demonstrating what an excellent start those students will have, whether they go on to Higher Education or directly into the UK’s thriving creative industries.

Photos by Dom Moore, ND Photography graduate.