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BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
4 years; full-time Extended BA route
6 years; part-time
7 years; part-time Extended BA route


Course: WWDF
Institution: P65

Designed to immerse you in a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques, you will simultaneously develop a distinct creative voice as a contemporary professional artist.

Our tutors are all practising artists who bring unique, independent experience to the classroom and studio teaching. The course specialises in the embodied practice of painting, with the synergy of drawing and fine print together with colour as a conceptual and pedagogical practice.

Based in large, open-plan studios designed with lofted ceilings and windows that allow for northern exposure to natural light, you will be encouraged to develop an ambitious working practice through encounters with all three disciplines.

During the three years of concentrated study, a comprehensive series of technical workshops and material demonstrations provide a core component to the curriculum, fostering a hands-on, deep material knowledge that will directly inform the ideas, methods and idiosyncrasies of your emergent studio practice.

We teach the six visual languages: tone, line, space, movement, shape and colour, enabling each student to be able to express their own imagination and find their own voice, to become the painters, artists, and printmakers of the next generation.

95% of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students agreed that “My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth”.
National Student Survey 2021
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'Eight x Four' by Nicky Harwood

Take advantage of the many cultural and community based institutions located in and near Plymouth, providing you opportunities to see and participate in timely exhibitions that increase your knowledge of the contemporary art world. Recent student trips have included visits to Tate Galleries in London and St.Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum, Spike Island and Arnolfini Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and to the Rabley Drawing Centre. Students in the course have travelled internationally to attend the Impact 10 international printmaking conference in Santander, Spain, and have recently toured galleries and art fairs in Madrid, Berlin, and Amsterdam.

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With active and ongoing college initiatives that help students develop relationships with the contemporary art world and curators, our students show their work in galleries in and near Plymouth, and have previously toured their degree shows at Second Floor Studios in London. Recent contributors to the programme include Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips, Freelands Foundation Creative Director painter and educator Dr. Henry Ward, Sue Kennington, Sarah Hoskins Josie Cockram (Royal Academy Schools alumni) and painters Nina Royle. Our students have gone on to establish successful art practices in Plymouth, Falmouth, St Ives, Exeter, Bristol, London and Europe.

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100% of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students were satisfied with the college’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, agreeing “I have received timely information about my course from my university or college during the COVID-19 pandemic”, “my university or college has taken sufficient steps to protect my physical safety from the virus during the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. providing protective equipment such as masks, social distancing on campus, offering distance learning opportunities)” with a further 92% of students agreeing “I have received useful information about changes to my course from my university or college during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

95% of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students agreed that “marking and assessment has been fair” and “feedback on my work has been timely”. 92% of students agreed that “the institution provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment”.

89% of our BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students agreed that “Staff are good at explaining things”, “I have been able to contact staff when I needed to” and “I have the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course”.

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For more information please consult our How to Apply page and the UCAS Tariff Table.