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BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Overview

By offering specialist technical and critical study in painting, drawing and printmaking at degree level, our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme is exceptional in the UK.

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students take part in Crit Club.

This dynamic programme is aimed at students who are excited by the prospect of a rigorous materials-based and process-driven education in art practice. 

You’ll study materials and techniques, while also developing and contextualising your own professional practice within the arts.

Based in large open-plan studios with double-height ceilings and north light windows, you will be encouraged to develop an ambitious working practice across all three disciplines. 

In the 2017 NSS our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme had a 90% overall student satisfaction rating, with 100% of students agreeing that “the library resources and services are good enough for my needs”, “feedback on my work has been timely” and “my communication skills have improved” as a result of the programme.

 

Students exhibit in our annual Degree Shows, open to the public for two weeks. 

Your progress throughout the three years is driven by a comprehensive series of technical workshops, underpinned by the teaching of drawing as a core component of your studio practice.

You’ll also gain a thorough, critical understanding of the key theories in contemporary art as they relate to your emerging practice, and will have opportunities to take part in live exhibitions and projects, preparing you for your professional career after graduation.

Students organise and host Crit Club at Tate Modern, London. Photo © Laura Palmer

What will I achieve?

You will study painting, drawing and printmaking, alongside taking part in a wide range of professional opportunities to explore the kind of artist that you want to become. 

You will develop an ambitious working practice based on an investigation of the material and technical possibilities of your creative work, with drawing at the centre of all you do and make. 

Student Conference 2018 from Plymouth College of Art on Vimeo.

We will encourage you to think through making, with your own studio work providing you with a centre of enquiry and a point of departure through the deep learning of a core discipline.

As well as working on their technical painting skills, our students also get the chance to exhibit at and curate shows at Plymouth’s many professional galleries and art spaces.


Thinking & making

Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

We provide a dynamic, stimulating learning environment from which to test new models of practice, while investing in the rich relationship between practice and theory - based on the potential in material and visual exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of histories and contemporary contexts.  

Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Highlights:

  • Develop essential techniques, taught by practising artists, in oil painting, water-based painting, drawing and fine print.
  • Experience freedom to pursue your own creative voice and work in a group of like-minded students who all share your commitment to painting, drawing and printmaking.
  • Work in your own creative space in our purpose-built studios, which are some of the most inspiring spaces to practise art in the UK.
  • Practise drawing in taught sessions on a regular basis throughout your entire three-year degree.
  • Develop your professional practice through opportunities such as residencies, live briefs or internationally through the Erasmus + scheme; or find out about teaching drawing and painting in our own Creative School for 4-to-16-year-olds.
  • Gain a high-quality, critical and technical education in painting, drawing and printmaking.
  • Exhibit and curate, with frequent shows throughout the programme and encouragement to develop your own gallery opportunities, as well as build connections with other professional galleries and art spaces.
  • Leave with a deep understanding of your own art practice, its techniques and the theories behind it, along with an ability to collaborate across other creative disciplines. We’ll teach you to reflect critically on your own professional identity as an emerging artist, and equip you with the necessary skills to step forward into your creative future.

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

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Modules

Year 1

BAPD101 Introduction to Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

This module provides essential induction and orientation for the programme. It will introduce fundamental concepts, processes and making practices underpinning Painting, Drawing and Printmaking.

BAPD102 Painting & Drawing

This module will be used to introduce and explore studio methods and techniques through an in-depth materials driven, process based engagement in Contemporary Painting and Drawing.

The module will enrich the developing studio practice with media-specific knowledge undertaking processes, techniques and methodologies as specified. This will be introduced in relation to an academic understanding of the context of practice through an exploration of identified issues in contemporary art practice.

The module will introduce further workshop inductions which may typically include material skills and practices in paint, drawing, analogue photography, digital imaging and digital media. It is linked to other modules by providing an arena where students are introduced to the opportunities for synthesis between an individual’s practice and its contextualisation.

BAPD103 Printmaking & Drawing

This module will be used to introduce and explore studio methods and techniques through an in-depth materials driven, process based engagement in Contemporary Printmaking and Drawing.

This module will enrich the developing studio practice with media specific knowledge undertaking processes, techniques and methodologies as specified. This will be introduced in relation to an academic understanding of the context of practice through an exploration of identified issues in contemporary art practice.

The module will introduce further workshop inductions that may typically include material skills and practices in print which may include intaglio, relief and screen printing. It is linked to other modules by providing an arena where students are introduced to the opportunities for synthesis between an individual’s practice and its contextualisation.

BAPD104 Introduction to Collaborative and Professional Practice

This module introduces collaboration as a working practice in contemporary art and builds on the focus on personal and professional practice in the preceding modules in Level 4 by providing opportunities for public-facing exhibition.

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

BAIS300 Interdisciplinary Studies

This module provides an opportunity to expand and develop skills and knowledge, through the introduction of new approaches and methods that broaden and extend the student’s understanding of practices both in their subject area, and the wider creative context in which they work.

The module will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and methods in their subject, and open up possibilities for engagement with practices both within and outside their immediate subject area. As such, this Module complements all of the student’s study to date, and contributes to their wider knowledge and understanding of creative practices.

The module will encourage students to explore new skills, knowledge and approaches including team working and problem solving. Above all, it will encourage critical reflection on the range of interdisciplinary approaches and contexts explored within the module.

BCOP100 Contexts of Practice 1

This module introduces students to key theories and ideas, and provides a range of critical approaches to support the investigation, interpretation and analysis of contemporary art, design and media. Students will study a range of concepts that have shaped the way that we understand art, design and media in its wider historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop core research and communication skills to help them to articulate and contextualise their understanding of the themes covered in this module, and the knowledge gained will support creative practice by developing an understanding of the relationship between thinking and making.

 

Year 2

BAPD201 Guided Studio Practices 1

This module will be used to further explore studio practice in the distinct strands of Contemporary Painting, Drawing or Printmaking together with a deeper focus on materials and processes.

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

It is one of two modules in Level 5 where studio practice and theoretical studies are taught together, and evidence of the students’ learning and development is assessed alongside a presented argument in essay form.

BAPD202 Painting, Drawing and Printmaking Professional Practice

This module builds on the experiences of Level 4 and offers students the opportunity to inform their understanding of their own personal and professional development through research into the professional concerns relevant to individual interests within the creative industries, external cultural environment and communities of practice.

This module will run concurrently with other Level 5 modules and will inform their broader practical development. It will provide a theoretical and contextual understanding of the level of professionalism required to build a career and make a living and continue to engage them with their own development.

BAPD203 Guided Studio Practices 2

This module will be used to further explore studio practice in the distinct strands of Contemporary Painting, Drawing and Printmaking together with a focus on external opportunities raised by emerging events such as those created by international partnerships, industrial links or cultural phenomena.

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

It is the second of two modules in Level 5 where studio practice and theoretical studies are taught together, and evidence of the students’ learning and development is assessed alongside a presented argument in oral form.

GCOP200 Contexts of Practice 2

This module extends and develops the themes, ideas, concepts and critical discourses introduced in Year One. Students will attend core lectures and participate in a lecture/ seminar series designed to deepen their understanding of creative practice in its wider contexts. This themed approach encourages students to make considered and appropriate links between their area of practice and wider contextual and interdisciplinary discourses. You will continue to develop critical approaches to research, which will inform your understanding of the relationship between context and practice.

 

Year 3

BAPD301 Research and Experimentation

This module will stipulate the overarching direction and outline research methodologies that will provide a platform from which the student’s Creative and Professional Conclusion module may develop.

It is a period of reflection on past creative outcomes and the success of their commercial application. The questioning of theories and experimentation in practical processes will allow students to plan their final project and negotiate a course towards its conclusion considering future career or learning aspirations.

Negotiated proposals for outcomes must evidence indicative inclusion of contextual studies subject matter and creative intent for the final year must be clearly definable at the end of this module.

BAPD302 Creative and Professional Development

During this module students will synthesise their professional and contextual research, skills and creative intentions with their understanding of professional practice and career ambitions. The module will enable students to position themselves at a professional level for progression to employment, self-employment or post-graduate study.

This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop relationships with the creative industries, cultural environments and communities of practice through their work based on previous levels of study and through continued experiences such as work/practice based learning, conferences, exhibitions and other professional engagement and activities.

BAPD303 Creative and Professional Conclusion

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

BAPD304 Contexts of Practice 3

This module provides students with two pathways. Each pathway supports the development of independent critical thinking and requires them to consider and contextualise their practice by situating it within a wider set of discourses and contexts. 
Pathway One - Written Research Project (WRP) is an opportunity to conduct a substantive piece of independent research, which is focused on an area related to creative practice. 
Pathway Two - Contextual Enquiry Project (CEP) is a practice-led research project with critical commentary, in which students conduct an in-depth inquiry intended to inform and reposition their creative practice.

 

Module details listed above are indicative content only.
All modules listed are compulsory.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Staff

Dr Majella Clancy

Dr Majella Clancy
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader (on sabbatical)
MA Subject Tutor

Majella Clancy is a visual artist whose practice explores painting and printmaking in expanded ways. Working across large-scale inkjet prints and paint she also incorporates screen-printing, monotype and collage. Her work examines ideas around the Irish cultural imaginary through social, historical and geographical space.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: In-Stream, an expanded painting show, QSS Gallery & Ulster University Gallery, Belfast, (2016).The Faraway Nearby, FE MacWilliams Gallery, Co. Down, (2014), Irish Wave, Shanghai University, China, (2014), Irish Contemporary Works on Paper, The Lockhart Gallery, State University of New York, USA, (2014), (re)viewing, (solo), The Project Space, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, (2012).

She completed her undergraduate studies (BA (Hons) Fine Art) at Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology, Ireland and in 2006 gained an MFA in Fine Art at Ulster University, Belfast. In 2013 she completed a practice-led PhD also at Ulster University. Her research examined Contemporary Women’s Painting Practices. She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, annual conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, (2011). Her research is published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Routledge, USA, (2012). Her work is held in public and private collections including: Queens University Belfast, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Ulster University. She has worked in Higher Education since 2006 teaching across Painting, Drawing and Printmaking areas. She has worked at Ulster University, Belfast and the Open College of the Arts, UK, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Majella Clancy is on sabbatical for the duration of the Academic Year 2019/2020.

Monika Rycerz

Monika Rycerz
Lecturer & Subject Leader

Monika Rycerz is an educator and printmaker. Her work is inspired by human condition, observations from the process and the unexpected. She champions a collaborative approach to work and brings this aspect to her own practice whenever possible.

Monika trained in the UK and USA. She completed a BA in Surface Design at London College of Communication in 2009 and spent a semester at the University of Connecticut. In 2015 she graduated from the MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, where she was awarded the Agassi Book Arts Prize for her installation 'Everyone dreams'.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally - including in the USA, China and Greece.

Her current practice is based around working on socially engaging projects with local communities. She has led and run creative workshops and projects for disadvantaged adults in Plymouth and Bristol, focusing on collaboration and participation.

Her interdisciplinary approach to work incorporates traditional and digital printmaking processes leading to hybrid prints and one-off room installations. She is interested in materials and challenging the process, and encourages experimentation and innovation.

Monika currently teaches across all levels of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking programme.

Robert Manners

Robert Manners
Lecturer & Subject Leader

Robert’s practice moves fluidly between disciplines and has consistently explored and exploited common perceptions of where boundaries between painting, printmaking and drawing begin and end. Studying Mural Design at Chelsea School of Art laid the foundations for a cross-disciplinary practice. A twelve-year hiatus running a successful ceramic tile design and manufacturing company was followed by the completion of an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of West of England.

Painting has always been central to Robert’s practice but this has been significantly influenced by the disciplines and processes of printmaking and collage. Robert’s studio outputs reflect a deep interest in the materiality and physicality of the work itself whilst simultaneously investigating themes of authenticity and modes of understood painting ‘styles’ (the abstract and the representational). Close observation of the materiality of these all these disciplines remains an integral component of his practice. Robert is also actively involved in a number of artist-led organisations and has worked as a curator on a number of arts establishment funded projects in Bristol and in the South West.

Current lines of research at Plymouth College of Art are scrutinizing recurring themes in his practice. These include questions of authenticity, the use of the readymade (and its influence in the context of modernist and contemporary painting) and boundaries between abstract and representational modes of painting.

Dr Helen Billinghurst

Dr Helen Billinghurst
Lecturer

Dr Helen Billinghurst is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, researcher and writer. Her recent doctoral thesis at the University of Plymouth explored the intersection between painting, drawing and aesthetic walking, and her research interests include the performance of making, site-specificity and embodied process. 

Helen is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an alumni associate fellow of the University of Plymouth. She is a member of research groups Performance. Experience. Presence. (University of Plymouth), Land2, and the Walking Artists’ Network.

Helen teaches painting and drawing on BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, as well as delivering MA tutorials.

India Wilkins

India Wilkins
Workshop Co-ordinator - Printmaking

India is an educator and practicing artist based in Devon, UK. She works primarily with printmaking, installation, drawing and painting, and has exhibited her work all over the world – including the UK, USA, Japan, Canada, Italy and Pakistan. Her role at the College involves instructing undergraduate and postgraduate students in the practical application of printmaking techniques.

India gained a BA in Visual Arts (Textiles) at Goldsmiths in 2005, an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2009, where she won the Printmaking Student Award in her graduating year, and an MPhil from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2011.

Her practice responds to notions of order and disorder, from the everyday habits and behaviour that we develop in response to the space around us, in essence how we 'order' ourselves in response to our environment, to more extreme occurrences of disorder, such as the death of someone close, and how we attempt to gain an understanding of these occurrences through the objects, places and ephemera associated with the deceased.

Oliver Teagle

Oliver Teagle
Technical Demonstrator - Imprint Lab

With over 14 years of experience working in art education, Oliver has amassed a wide breadth of knowledge across a broad range of creative disciplines. In his current role, he delivers practical demonstrations of specialist painting and drawing processes and provides technical support to students across all programmes at Plymouth College of Art.

Oliver’s practice examines the physical process of painting, focusing on the application and materiality of the artwork. He explores the idea of the painting as an evolving visual dialogue, with the interaction between artist and viewer determining what is revealed and what is left concealed within the work.

Exhibiting extensively throughout the UK, Oliver was awarded the Wessex Artist Award 2017 at the RWA for his laser engraved paintings which were created using the resources in Fab Lab Plymouth at Plymouth College of Art. 

In 2013, he developed a series of photographic prints from handmade negatives and traditional photographic processes which resulted in him winning the Evolver Arts Prize at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Student Work

Print Club running workshops at Tate Modern as part of Tate Exchange

Aleksandra Sosnowska

Alex Lee

Oona Wagstaff

Oona Wagstaff

Julie Ellis

Marcus Nodwell

David Muddyman

Ratna Saksena

Aleksandra Sosnowska

Katie Roberts

Georgina Lewis

Chris Sargent

A collaborative print project

Christina Lowe

Megan Wright

Guy Barkley Smith

Phil Battley

Rebecca Elia

Ratna Saksena

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Students Say

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking student Julie Ellis (right) with Foundation Diploma in Art & Design student Prerana Kirat Rai (left).

Julie Ellis, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

"I chose Painting, Drawing & Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art because I was really impressed with its vision. There aren’t many other places in the country where you can do this course so I was excited to be one of the first on it!

My tutor has been brilliant at guiding me and I’ve had a couple of great things happen, such as having my work displayed in an open art display in the city centre which I applied for on my own and was lucky enough to be selected for. I won the Corporate Student Prize this year as well, so was really over the moon with that.

"At the moment, doors are opening and opportunities are coming along all the time. Professional development is an important part of our course, and that’s all about getting your work out there, networking, meeting people, and exhibiting your work. I would love that to be my job but I’m also really passionate about art education for children, so that might be the path I go down."

Caitlin Lewis, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

"My time on BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art has been an experience that I could never have envisaged.  I chose this course after learning that as part of it, life drawing sessions run weekly, we are encouraged as individuals, and that by the time we’re in our third year, we are encouraged to get ourselves out in the professional world.

First and second year allowed for a lot of experimentation which, for me, was in the print room learning all kinds of processes like aquatint, screen-printing, dry point, and more.  Over the three years of my course, I have developed my practice by being open to challenging myself, knowing that support was always there when needed. The tutors are enthusiastic and encourage ideas from students. Print Club was one of these ideas, which resulted in a small group of us running a workshop at Tate Exchange in 2018.

There are a number of opportunities that students can get involved in during the programme. These opportunities led to rich experiences as part of my time on this course, including being part of screenprinting workshops run by Turner Prize nominee, Ciara Phillips, and taking a live takuhon printing project to Santander, Spain as part of Impact 10, an international printmaking conference.

These socially engaged projects have encouraged me to run screen-printing workshops with some of my peers, and we have taken our collaborative workshops to schools as a way of learning, and to charities like St. Luke’s Hospice, helping to create an inclusive environment for participants. I look forward to continuing to run workshops like this in the future."

Marie Taylor at The Embodied Experience of Drawing, a one-day symposium held at Ocean Studios, Plymouth.

Marie Taylor, BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

"The BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art is a unique programme with a wide range of approaches which enabled me to explore through process, experimentation, materials and theoretical research.   

My time on the programme developed me in ways that I could never have expected, I took away from it a new way of thinking about and understanding the world. I developed a curiosity and appetite for developing my drawing in new and challenging ways. The cross-collaboration opportunities between programmes and departments was fantastic and The Agency team were on hand to help raise funds and produce a flyer for a self-initiated peer research project. 

The tutor support I received during the course supported me in taking risks and thinking outside of the box when developing my practice. The professional practise opportunities that were available during the programme included work experience, national and international trips and student-led exhibitions, and working with external industries in the art sector was also a really valuable experience.

Since graduating from the programme I have organised a drawing symposium, exhibited both locally and nationally and have worked at Tate Modern delivering tours to young people around ‘Questioning Art’.  Alongside my ongoing research and setting up a business with one of my programme peers, I am working part time at Plymouth School of Creative Arts.

My time at Plymouth College of Art enabled me to acquire the tools I needed to push my practice, make new connections and to make things happen."

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Careers & Alumni

We have an impressive roster of visiting artists and professionals who can give you the benefit of their industry experience. The programme has a strong network of industry contacts, such as art suppliers Winsor & Newton, Art Mill Gallery, who host yearly exhibitions with our students, and with Q-art, who frequently collaborate with students for their renowned Crit Club, most recently at Tate Modern.

You will have the chance to show your work right from the beginning of your first year, in a professional exhibition open to the public, organised, curated and produced by your group.

Our Careers & Enterprise office provides support from a dedicated team who are focused on employability and developing creative opportunities for students. And this doesn’t stop once you graduate – we want to keep in contact with you through our growing alumni network.

Our strong international connections also allow our students to take a semester of study with one of our partner institutions within Europe and North America, and in turn, we welcome overseas students from those institutions to join us in our studios, creating an exciting cultural exchange.

Students exhibiting their work at Artmill Gallery.

Current students are given the opportunity to visit Madrid for the ARCO Art Fair, to work with and gain experience at Port Eliot Festival, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth contemporary art space KARST, Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Maker Heights, and also visit the Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre.

Archive sketching at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery.

Graduates become:

  • Painters
  • Drawing Artists and Visualisers
  • Fine Printmakers
  • Studio-Based Artists
  • Illustrators
  • Art Therapists
  • Public Artists
  • Gallery Owners
  • Lecturers/Teachers
  • Arts Entrepreneurs

 

Careers & Enterprise in the Curriculum’ at Plymouth College of Art 
Professional practice is embedded within all of our programmes.  Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop the key professional, transferable skills for employability in the creative industries and potentially work in partnership with other sectors locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

From writing and making the most of your CV to gaining industry experience, the acquisition of professional skills has been written into the programmes of study by our staff teams, who have ‘real world’ experience. They are also supported by our Industry Liaison Groups, who help inform the development of the higher education curriculum.

Graduates of BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking will have a broad portfolio of expertise to accompany specialist knowledge in a particular field. The majority of graduates will progress to art-related employment or self-employment, whether as a studio-based artist, public artist or through employment in the realm of arts management or arts administration. The course also attracts many students wishing to pursue a career in teaching.

The MA courses at Plymouth College of Art provide logical progression routes for BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking graduates. All Plymouth College of Art graduates receive a tuition fee discount if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at the college.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Entry Requirements

 You will be expected to have obtained qualifications in a relevant subject at advanced level equating to 200 UCAS points (e.g. BTEC National Diploma, Foundation Diploma, A-levels etc) and / or have relevant vocational experience. This can be assessed from a portfolio at interview.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Resources

Currently, the programme is situated in 5,500 square feet of open-plan, double-height, north-light studio space. That’s enough space to stack 33 London buses with room to spare.

We have tutors and technicians who are active, professional practitioners, making and exhibiting their own work, alongside a range of visiting artists from painting, drawing and printmaking disciplines.

Our professional fine art printmaking studios offer a range of relief and intaglio processes, taught by highly experienced technical staff. Our digital Fab Lab houses the latest laser cutting and 3D printing technologies, giving your ideas scope for diverse outcomes.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Print Bureau and Equipment Resource Centre

Our Digital Print Bureau 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. Our highly experienced Equipment Resource Centre 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 FabLab.

Our Photographic cove.

BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking — Interview

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