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Postgraduate

Postgraduate study at Plymouth College of Art takes place in a stimulating intellectual environment with strong support for reflective practice, technical formation and career development.

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'Presence in Absence' by Paul Hillon, MA Fine Art 2018

The Postgraduate Centre is a dynamic, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, which welcomes recent graduates as well as established practitioners who are already active in their specialist fields. Our postgraduate courses include a suite of MA programmes and we also offer an extended period of study through our MFA.

As an MA student at Plymouth College of Art you will join our Postgraduate Centre, an active, cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers. located in Studio 44, a few minutes walk from Plymouth College of Art’s Tavistock Place main-campus, the centre provides two flexible teaching, study and display spaces dedicated to the use of postgraduate students. Teaching on MA programmes takes place at the Postgraduate Centre and across the Plymouth College of Art campus, where MA students engage with our technical facilities and areas of expertise relevant to their practice.

"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, Masters in Creative Practices for Sustainability

At Plymouth College of Art, we embed postgraduate study within a practice-led research culture. The Postgraduate Centre hosts cross-disciplinary talks and student exhibitions which form an integral part of our commitment to experimental creative practice. And students are encouraged to take part in the college’s wider research activities.

Plymouth College of Art’s commitment to Creative Learning and Social Justice is reflected in the diverse research undertaken at the institution. Among a wide range of research opportunities within the research strands, postgraduate students engage with our biennial Making Futures conference and Making Learning symposium.

  • 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, craft and media practice as change agents within 21st-century society. Making Futures addresses the urgent global environmental, economic and cultural challenges of today.
  • Making Learning is oriented towards new developments in arts and pedagogy, especially those that examine new ways in which individuals, groups and institutions might understand their agency. Held at Tate Modern in 2017 and 2019, as part of Tate Exchange, Making Learning seeks to challenge implicit hierarchies of artistic engagement and linearity, using the processes of learning and unlearning to look afresh at the economic, political and ideological implications of ‘creativity’.

Our postgraduate students are proactive and agenda-changing professionals who contribute to the future of the creative and cultural industries, and who can respond positively to the substantive issues facing contemporary society.

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Get in touch

For further information about postgraduate study please email postgraduate@pca.ac.uk