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BA (Hons) Fine Art — Overview

Our BA (Hons) Fine Art programme explores contemporary art-making in its broadest sense, encouraging ambitious, pro-active and critically-engaged approaches to creative practice.

Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art is characterised by its focus on the development of individual practice-based study, within the supportive context of an independent specialist art college. 

Students exhibit at contemporary arts space KARST.

With access to dedicated studio space, you will be supported in developing your emerging practice through a framework of professional practice opportunities, including a programme of artist lectures, exposure to public exhibitions in our onsite exhibition space, The Gallery, and opportunities to exhibit your practice in the public domain.

You will join a dynamic community of creative practitioners, supported by an academic team of experienced artists, all of whom are active makers and researchers in contemporary fine art practice. 

Our fine art programme encourages diversity in thinking and making, based on the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new concepts and materials. 

Our programme provides a dynamic and stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory. 

 

Students exhibit work throughout the year – including at the college's annual Graduate Show.

The programme is multidisciplinary, enabling you to engage with a range of processes including 2D, 3D, 4D and hybrid practices. 

This includes workshops in drawing, painting, sculpture and alternative 3D practices, performance, video, sound, printmaking and critical writing, amongst others. 

We are committed to encouraging studio and post-studio practices, creating artwork that can inhabit a range of settings including galleries, artist-run spaces, and site-specific or event-based projects.

 

What will I achieve?

As well as gaining a high level of practical skill in your chosen field of art practice, you will learn how to work to a brief, explore creative ideas singularly and with peers, and manage independent projects to conclusion. 

 

You will develop a professional understanding of the creative activity of external partners, including galleries, museums, creative organisations and practising artists. 

You will be able to place your work within the wider context of contemporary fine art practice, helping to prepare you for your artistic career or continue your journey through postgraduate study.

 

Graduates from our Fine Art programme regularly go on to land residences and exhibition opportunities at some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary art spaces – including KARST, Spike Island, and Ocean Studios.


Follow the programme on Twitter: @PCA_FINEART

Our high-contact time sets us miles apart from other arts institutions.

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Highlights:

  • Investigate fine art practice, creatively and practically. 
  • Develop a critically engaged individual practice. 
  • Approach art production from a professional and multidisciplinary perspective in all its forms. 
  • Gain an understanding and experience of the creative sector and possible future employment within it. 
  • Benefit from expert staff tuition, national and international events throughout the year, impressive industry links, and a programme of visiting artists and lecturers.

Have a question for our team? Email: FINEART@pca.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Modules

Year One

BAFA101 – Defining Practice

This module provides essential induction and orientation for the programme. A series of short projects stimulate creative ideas through introductions to fundamental techniques in key mediums that ready the students for the start of their progression to BAFA102 & 103.

BAFA102 – Thinking Through Practice

This module supports development in advancing students’ practice through a body of work focused around a chosen artistic, socio-cultural or process-based theme. The theme is negotiated with tutors via tutorials and group critiques and will involve a response to achievements and feedback from module BAFA101, subsequently developed through self-evaluation.

Students will develop further depth of enquiry and breadth of practice. Increased interaction with peers will support development of skills in communication, reflection and analysis.

BAFA103 – Personal Practice Project

This module consolidates the development and production of a body of work that tests and demonstrates the culmination of the sustained direction of the students’ research, defining a series of key areas to continue to explore and take into Level 5 of the programme. Working closely with tutors, via personal tutorials and group critiques, students will discuss aptitudes and ambitions, and will develop and sustain a personally-defined project testing both their evolving practical and critical skills.

BAFA104 – Production & Professional Practice 1

The students will be introduced to the field of creative practice as a professional proposition. This builds on the focus of personal and professional practice in the preceding modules in Level 4 by providing opportunities for working with others - whether it is peers, the creative industry, or institutions. In order to develop knowledge of the critical thinking around dissemination of art practice, this module questions the social and ethical implications of the collaborative roles of artists, audiences, and institutions, subsequently encouraging students to become critically astute practitioners. 

It is linked to other modules by providing an arena where students are introduced to the opportunities for synthesis between individual practice and its contextualisation.

BCOP100 – Contexts of Practice 1

This Level 4 module will introduce key ideas and theories and will provide a range of critical approaches supporting the investigation, interpretation and analysis of art, design and media. Students will study a range of ideas and concepts that have shaped the way that we engage with, produce and consume art, design and media. Students will develop core research and communication skills to help to articulate and contextualise understanding of the themes covered throughout this module.

BAIS300 – Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop skills and knowledge in fields beyond the immediate programme environment, in subject areas which are nonetheless relevant to personal career aspirations, and which have the potential to develop new horizons and feedback into future modules. Discussed with and counselled by staff, students will select and engage in an elective offered by a discipline outside of Fine Art. While not exhaustive, and will change from year to year, electives may include: drawing, costume accessories, live art, printmaking, curatorial practice, web design, interactive media, creative writing, studio or location photography, underwater imaging, film making, contemporary crafts, textiles, & fashion marketing and promotion.

Year Two

BAFA201 – Active/Reactive

This module continues to develop studio practice and integrated theory. Specifically developing a position informed by contemporary, cultural or current social concerns leading to a body of artwork that is critically engaged. It is expected that the students developing studio practice will be responsive to these discovered and researched themes. 

BAFA202 – Praxis

This module develops a sustained and substantial body of practice, supported by studio-based peer evaluation, workshops and by peer-led seminars. The working methods of the student (studio and non studio) will be tested to explore how these are extended and strengthened in relation to developing and generating a sustained practice. A variety of methods and ideas will be explored, encouraging the student to expand on their practical knowledge and examine how this can be articulated through diverse mediums, methods and creative languages. Recognised areas of focus for practice will be framed by emerging creative and critical interests. This builds on the focus of exploration, and positions the student to be able to map and plan their key areas to develop in the beginning of Level 6.

BAFA203 – Production & Professional Practice 2

This module builds on the route through Level 4 to inform students understanding of their own personal and professional development through action research looking within the creative industries and cultural environment.

Students will explore relevant examples of Fine Art professional practice, contextualising research and project development via seminars, presentations and through collaborative group work.  Students are to develop awareness of the relationship between artistic modes of making and exhibition. The module also requires a demonstration of critical and reflective thinking, planning, problem solving, task and interpersonal management.

Running concurrently with other Level 5 modules, it will inform students’ broader practical development, and will provide a theoretical and contextual understanding of the level of professionalism required to build a career beyond the educational institution. This developed research will inform their particular professional development for their level 6 modules in their final year of study. 

GCOP200 – Contexts of Practice 2

This Level 5 module extends and consolidates the Level 4 introduction to the investigation, interpretation and analysis of art, design and media. Through a series of themed lectures and seminars this module encourages students to make appropriate links between areas of practice and wider theoretical and contextual discourses. Students will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform understanding of the relationship between context and practice.

Year Three

BAFA301 – Research and Experimentation

This Level 5 module extends and consolidates the Level 4 introduction to the investigation, interpretation and analysis of art, design and media. Through a series of themed lectures and seminars this module encourages students to make appropriate links between areas of practice and wider theoretical and contextual discourses. Students will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform understanding of the relationship between context and practice.

BAFA301 – Research and Experimentation

Starting from the evaluation of previous Level 5 work, this first Level 6 module requires students to undertake a focused period of concentrated research, experimentation and development. The intention is to deconstruct preconceived ideas and work patterns, and to allow new creative formations to emerge through calculated risk taking and critical reflection. Throughout the module, the emphasis is on the exploration and development of concepts, media and methods, rather than finished outcomes. It is likely that this intense period of research and experimentation will underpin some of the critical choices made when students map out their aims in the subsequent Creative & Professional Development module. Resultant explorations feed directly into the practical development in BAFA302 & 303.

BAFA302 – Creative & Professional Development

Following on from the Research & Experimentation module, this module is intended to support the further development of ideas, processes and media, but with the purpose of developing these towards finished or presentable outcomes. At the start of this module students will have identified their own focus for investigation, and verified aims through a specific project plan that will be taken through to the completion of the programme. This will be consolidated though practical work via negotiation with the Module Leader and appropriate specialist staff. The module will therefore confirm aims and objectives of the work initiated within this module, and, continuing into the concluding of the completion of the programme.

BAFA303 – Creative & Professional Conclusion

This module represents the culmination of the students’ practical knowledge, skills and understanding acquired throughout the entirety of the study on the programme through the engagement that is the result of a self-initiated or self-selected brief.

This module builds upon previous achievements to culminate in a final body of work for exhibition, and as a platform for further advanced study or entry into the world of professional practice. Continuing from the Creative & Professional Development module, students will start this concluding module by completing areas of specific investigation. This final body of work will be consolidated through negotiation with the module leader and appropriate specialist staff.

This body of work will demonstrate depth of understanding, creative innovation, aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills, and will be supported by the production of a portfolio of self-promotional materials relating to personal professional aspirations.

BAFA304 – Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires the student to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. Pathway One is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to creative practice. Pathway Two is a practice-led research project, with critical commentary.

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Staff

Steven Paige and Dr. Jenny Keane – Joint Programme Leaders in Fine Art

Steven Paige, Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art

Steven Paige is an artist incorporating in his practice installation, video, print, performative works, drawing and artist publishing. He has shown work nationally and internationally; including producing commissioned work and online projects.

An eager advocate of artist’s practice, dialogue and activity, he is involved in curating and presenting platforms for exhibitions, projects and artists publications. He has co-curated artist-led project Trade Routes, commencing with a exhibition of works developing new projects in Europe and the Middle East in 2011/12. In 2009-10, he was part of The Western Alliance, an artist research and residency exchange project and co-curated exhibition the Control Point: A Temporary Facility at Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK. Publishing projects include Bibliophile, originally commissioned as part of the http://project.arnolfini.org.uk/ at Arnolfini, Bristol.

He is keenly interested in the voice of the artist, and how this manifests in research, practice, writing, events and dialogues. He has worked with and has a strong relationship in the South West regions galleries and cultural organisations.

Watch a video exploring Steven's Contemporary Printmaking and his 'A Treatise on Beasts (after Physiologus)' exhibition in the Forum at the University of Exeter.

www.stevenpaige.com

spaige@pca.ac.uk

Steven Paige

Dr. Jenny Keane, Joint Programme Leader in Fine Art 

Jenny Keane is a visual artist and academic whose research takes an interdisciplinary approach; through personal art practice, theoretical writing, and curation, she examines the concept of horror in contemporary women’s art practice. Keane investigates contemporary video installation and performance in relation to early and contemporary feminist art practices, lesbian representation, and psychoanalytical studies. 

Keane studied for her BA at Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland, and her MFA and PhD at the University of Ulster, Belfast. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as producing papers for international conferences and peer-reviewed books. 

Upcoming projects include: Keane is presenting a paper that examines Bracha L. Ettinger’s concept of the Matrix in relation to expanded video installation and curation at ‘Locating the Gothic’ conference in Limerick, October 2014, and she is also working towards a large solo exhibition in Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, in 2015. 

www.jenny-keane.com

jkeane@pca.ac.uk

Dr. Jenny Keane

Huma Mulji, Lecturer in Fine Art

Mulji completed her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 1995, and an MFA from Transart Institute, Berlin, in 2010.

Huma Mulji is a visual artist who’s practice navigates the border of fact and fiction. She works with sculpture, photography, drawing, and painting, creating material juxtapositions which are attentive to the absurd, and question notions of ‘certainty’, and ‘truth’, through the use of digital imaging, reanimating objects through taxidermy, or creating clumsy, hybrid objects. The often awkward and scruffy artworks imbue a deliberate anti-heroism, playing out ironically, or sometimes comically, in her works, addressing perceptions of ageing and isolation, urban expansion and its related follies, and dust and geckos, as chronic domestic threats. Her participation in recent exhibitions includes “The Great Game”, Iranian Pavillion, Venice Biennale 2015, “Burning Down the House”, 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, “Extra|Ordinary”, Dubai, 2013, “Twilight”, a solo show at Project 88, Mumbai, India, 2011, “The Rising Tide”, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, 2010, “Where three Dreams Cross”. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2010, “The Empire Strikes Back”, The Saatchi Gallery, 2010 and “Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, at Asia Society, NY, 2009.

Mulji was a recipient of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013. Upcoming projects include “A country of Last Things”, a solo exhibition at Koel Gallery, Karachi, in February 2016, and participation in “Warm Data”, a group exhibition at the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh in March 2016.

She was Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts, BNU, Lahore 2003-2015 and is currently Visiting artist 2015-16 on the BFA Program, at Goldsmiths College, and Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fine Art, at Plymouth College of Art, UK.

www.humamulji.com

hmulji@pca.ac.uk

Dr Antigoni Pasidi, Lecturer in Fine Art

Antigoni Pasidi is a visual artist and fine art lecturer. Her work and research examines the element of staging in contemporary sculptural practice. She works across diverse media and disciplines combining objects, installations and moving image into ad hoc stages; architectural models interplay with artificial landscapes, meticulous craft is in dialogue with makeshift, DIY structures.

Pasidi trained in Painting and Sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece (graduated 2003). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins College in London (2004) funded by the Lilian Voudouri Foundation. In 2013 she obtained a PhD from the Department of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London for the doctoral project titled ‘Staging the Encounter: The Work of Art as a Stage,’ funded by the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation (IKY).

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally (exhibitions include Disruption, RCA Research Biennial in London in 2013, Denkmal von Hampstead nach Bern at Fenster Gallery in Bern in 2013, Dermatographies at the Andreas Sygros Moulage Museum in Athens, 2007 and The Partisans of the Biedermeier at the Toihaus Theater in Salzburg in 2005) and has published several articles on artistic research. In 2013 she was artist in residence at the PROGR Zentrum in Bern, Switzerland. She has produced site-specific work for museums as well as commissioned projects for theatrical productions.

www.antigonipasidi.com

apasidi@pca.ac.uk

Martin France, Technician Fine Art

Martin France is a technician with a wide training to support students with the technical aspects of their work, amongst which paper making, use of laser cutter and working at heights.

His background is in 3D, working with glass, metals, wood, and ceramics with a BA (Hons) Applied Arts at Plymouth College of Art. He is interested in experimental photography such as pinhole, photograms and various darkroom techniques.

 

Visiting lecturers 
A choice of high profile artists and curators

Sovay Berriman

www.sovayberriman.co.uk

Bristol Diving School

http://www.bristoldivingschool.net/

Sarah Chapman

http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/pages/view.asp?page=8132

Cel Crabeels

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfFQl_tCfE0

Bryony Gillard

bryonykategillard.blogspot.co.uk

Rebecca Harris

www.rebecca-harris.com

Donna Howard

http://www.karst-projects.org/index.html

Toby Huddleston

www.tobyhuddlestone.net

Kevin Hunt

www.kevin-hunt.co.uk

Hannah James

Represented by Chert, Berlin

Abigail Reynolds

www.abigailreynolds.com

Imogen Stidworthy

http://www.mattsgallery.org/artists/stidworthy/exhibition-2.php

Gavin Wade

http://www.eastsideprojects.org/

Kim Wide, Community Curator for Take A Part, Efford

www.effordtakeapart.org.uk

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Student Work

Graduate Shows 2016

'Ou Topos Ferrier' by Andy Cluer

Student work by Charlie Wildy

Student work by Paul Hillon

Student work by Emma Watson

The Washing Machine is Working by Elena Brake

Student work by Cal Blackburn

Trying to Love The Self by Louise Riou-Djukic

Student work by Will Anderson

Student work by Robert Lance Gosi

Student work by Lisa Davison.

Student work by Stephanie Martin

Student work by Louise Riou-Djukic

Student work by Siobhan Fedden

Student work by Ashley Franceschi

Between the body and the World, 2015 by Lisa Davison

Student work by Sophia Roddan

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Students Say

Jess Young, BA (Hons) Fine Art (Year 3)

I've been really happy on this course. I took a module in curation and that experience has been important, even though I chose the Fine Art route. I've come out more rounded as an artist. I only applied for courses near the sea! I'm working mostly in film at the moment. I've always used mixed media and performative actions, and that has led me to film. I work very low tech, collecting imagery  and collaging it, then running it through video, filming it, moving into digital, back to video. My work deals with themes of ambiguity, obscurity and the reflection of internal conflict on to an external landscape.

Danielle Pugh, BA (Hons) Fine Art (Year 3)

I've lived in Plymouth all of my life. I did the Foundation Diploma here in 2002 and the Saturday Arts Club. It was a gateway into the art world as my family had no connection to art. I started a BA (Hons) Fine Art here six years ago but it didn't work out as my children were too young, so I came back and restarted the first year with new tutors and I've gained a lot of confidence. An environment like this has opened my eyes to new directions. I was thinking of going into teaching but now I'm considering being a practising artist. I don't feel there's any divide between students and tutors - we're equals and the student peer crits are brilliant - you get to express yourself in a different way. This course has helped me develop my communication skills, talking and writing about my ideas. I'm using photographs of my children, my world, and work from them to make large charcoal drawings. I've got so many options now.

Angela Hilton, BA (Hons) Fine Art (Part Time Year 3)

I’ve been a mature part-time student on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course since 2009. Being part time allows me to fit in my other responsibilities – being a parent, working – and the college has also been very supportive when I’ve needed to take time out to be a carer too. The Fine Art programme has challenged my thinking and my practice in a very productive way. With the support of my tutors I’ve been able to take advantage of a whole range of facilities/workshops at the college and I’ve found the peer learning particularly helpful in widening my approaches to making art.

Ruth Brown BA (Hons) Fine Art (Year 1)

I am a mature student in my first year of the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree. I have had a love of art and expressing myself through various media for many years, so it is invaluable for me to have the chance to harness and develop my skills. Since starting at Plymouth College of Art I feel that my self-confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. I feel that the course is opening up new doors, and enhancing networks with other art practitioners, both locally and further afield. The teaching here is of a high standard, and we are encouraged as students to constantly ask questions and learn from each other.

Rob Percy BA (Hons) Fine Art (Year 3)

I am very happy to have ended up at Plymouth College of Art for the final two years of my Fine Art degree. Its relatively small size is a advantage, as my year group has been able to become more tight-knit and we have a sense of community. PCA has facilities to support any practice and for my work, which tends to use digital media, the Equipment Resource Centre is exceptional. The tutors here encourage you to and allow you to grow as an artist in whichever direction is right for you. I have gotten so much out of the Professional Practice module, which is part of the final year. It has pushed me to establish myself as an artist and apply for real-world opportunities, which has resulted in having my work exhibited around the UK, before I have even graduated. This has boosted my confidence and given me even more motivation to keep working towards a career as a practicing artist.

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Careers & Alumni

Essential to our programme are yearly projects that develop your understanding and relationships with regional and national organisations and practitioners.

The college’s own onsite public exhibition space, The Gallery, draws a range of national and international artists and exhibitions and you will have opportunities to engage with them through the installation process, artists talks and screenings. 

You will learn to develop public-facing work, and have opportunities to engage with regional and national galleries and museums including KARST, Ocean Studios, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Spike Island Bristol, Tate St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall. 

You also have opportunities to take part in regular visits and trips, including to national and international art fairs, galleries and artists’ studios and projects.

Recent international trips have included Berlin and the Venice Biennale. In addition, a visiting artist programme supports the progression and development of our students, creating strong regional and national links to professional partners and institutions, through residencies and exhibition projects that provide professional and graduate opportunities.

And there is also the possibility of studying abroad for a semester or a year at one of our Erasmus partner universities.

Students visit the Venice Biennale 2015

Past student achievements:

2014 graduate Jemima Williams was shortlisted for this year's Bloomberg New Contemporaries and selected for Spike Island's Graduate Residency scheme.

Alumni Ryan Curtis achievements include Studio 4 residency, Chisenhale, London summer 2014; Artist Moving Image Commission, Exeter Phoenix, December 2014

2014 graduate Charlie Wildy was selected for KARST's Graduate Residency programme.

2015 graduate Andy Cluer secured both a residency at KARST and a residency at Spike Island.

Graduates become:

  • Academic research
  • Arts management
  • Community workshops
  • Creative consultancy
  • Creative events industries
  • Curation & exhibition industries
  • Gallery and outreach education
  • Marketing & promotion
  • Media & sound industries
  • Science and art collaborations
  • Self-employed arts practitioner
  • Web and interactive design

Careers & Employability: The Three E’s – Employment, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Through consistent, embedded participation in professional practice throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to engage with the key professional, transferrable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially working in partnership with other sectors either locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to curating, exhibiting, or volunteering, the acquisition of professional skills has been designed and written in to the programmes of study by staff teams with ‘real world’ experiences and supported through engagement with Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Fine Art — Resources

You will be taught by our team of highly experienced academic staff, all of whom are active makers and researchers in contemporary fine art practice.

You will benefit from their knowledge and experience of professional practice at venues including Saatchi, Frieze Art Fair and Queens Museum in New York, and they will encourage you to test materials, concepts, media and audiences.

Your studio practice will also be supported by a studio technician and demonstrator, offering you a wealth of technical knowledge and experience for you to share and draw upon. 

As a Fine Art student, you will have a dedicated space within our studios, with further access to bookable ‘project spaces’, a mac suite and presentation areas.

The college also has a wide range of outstanding art, design and media facilities including drawing studios, workshops for fine art printmaking, ceramics, glass, wood and plastics, the Print Lab and Equipment Resource Centre, open access computer suites, and a well-stocked library.

You’ll also have access to Fab Lab Plymouth, a digital ‘fabrication laboratory’ based in the heart of our Plymouth city centre campus.

Facilities at the college include:


Animation, Film and Photography Studios

Our students make full use of our industry-standard dedicated studio spaces – including our infinity cove, green screen, and specialist sound studio (with Foley pit and vocal recording booth) – plus our stop-motion suite, our darkrooms, and plenty of individual edit suites, all up-to-date with the latest industry-standard software.

Ceramics and Glass Workshops

With a glass furnace that works at 1,100 degrees, 10 potters wheels, resources for hot, warm and cold glass processes, a plaster room for mould making, 16 kilns, a well-stocked glaze mixing area and individual studio space, our Ceramics and Glass Workshops have a real ‘wow’ factor, rivalling any art school around the country.

Our Life Drawing Studio.

Drawing Studios

With north-facing windows, a ‘methods and process’ area, individual studio space and a specialist life-drawing studio, our impressive, open-plan, triple-height Drawing Studio is a huge space, perfect for many different activities and specialisms.

Fab Lab

Our ‘fabrication laboratory’ is kitted-out with the latest in digital design technologies – from 3D printers to 3D scanners, a vinyl cutter, CNC milling machine, CNC router and laser cutter. It adds a whole new level of opportunity for students across all creative walks of life.

Fashion Studios

This large professional studio offers a real-life fashion experience in a fabulous space with sea views. Specialist industrial and domestic sewing machines, a range of knitting machines and a wide stock of fabrics and knitting yarns sit alongside a media and marketing Mac suite, a fully operational CAD cutting facility, and a library of designer garments to inspire.

Fine Art Printmaking Studios

A fantastic facility supporting fine art printmaking, our dedicated space caters for a wide range of programmes and processes. You’ll get access to a 150-year-old Columbian press, an Albion press, an historic and rare wallpaper press, and an automatic FAG proofing press, plus a broad selection of metal and wood type, vacuum screen-printing beds, and four etching presses.

Our Textile Studios.

Jewellery Design Studio

Housed in our fantastic new Craft, Design and Fabrication Workshops, this stunning space provides everything for contemporary and traditional techniques in jewellery design, including benches supplied with gas and oxygen, in-house metal casting resources, hand and machine-forming tools, facilities for vitreous enamelling, and a separate chemical room for etching, anodising and patternation. We also have larger metalwork equipment for welding, brazing, cutting and grinding.

Textile Studios

With views out to sea and 35 metres of print tables to encourage experimentation, our Printed Textile Design Studios also boast a fantastic Mimaki fabric printer, digital embroidery resources, industrial sewing machines, sublimation printers, a dye lab, heat presses, a tufting gun and a Mac suite. It’s got to be one of the best printed textile workshops in the UK.

The Print Lab and Equipment Resource Centre

The Print Lab offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services. And our highly experienced Equipment Resource staff can advise you on which of our 6,000 pieces of industry-standard kit – from underwater cameras to traditional large format cameras and all free to hire – will best meet your needs.

Woods and Plastics Workshop

Alongside the latest in new technology, we value the long-standing traditions of making in wood and plastics – and have developed an excellently-resourced workshop that is open to all our students. It boasts a wide range of kit, including an impressive CNC router, plenty of saws and lathes, and strip-heaters, as well as greenwood-working facilities.

Our Photographic cove.

Our Fine Art Printmaking Studio.

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