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"We don't distinguish the decision you're making about your academic future from the one you're making about your life." ANDREW BREWERTON — Principal

Careers & Enterprise

The creative sector is the fastest-growing part of the UK economy, contributing £81.4bn each year.

A recent report shows it's worth a massive £9.6million per hour – with the report also showing that 2016 would be another blockbuster year for UK creative output.

You begin your professional career the moment you step into the college. Our teaching staff and technicians are practising artists, our visiting lecturers bring a wealth of insight and our culture of live briefs keeps things feeling real.

We encourage students to think for themselves as practitioners – photographers, illustrators, designers, filmmakers – from day one. Whatever you wish to do, we can support you during your study and help you to fulfil your career aspirations.

BA (Hons) Graphic Design grad Ash Henderson won £1,000 and a creative internship with Sky after scooping the New Designers Sky Award.

We offer you the opportunity to take an ambitious journey of self-awareness, professional development and business planning to equip you to use your creative practice as a springboard to lifelong fulfilment, and an exciting career in the creative industries locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

We'll support you to find experiences that will fit in and around your studies, including:

  • Resources – Online resources and useful links
  • I’m a Creative, what next?’ a programme of workshops that gives opportunities for students to meet, engage with and learn from real world practitioners and industry professionals
  • Careers advice before and for up to three years after graduation
  • Work placements and internships
  • Job Wall – Offers a wide range of external paid jobs and commissions
  • Selling and showcasing opportunities
  • Networking opportunities>
  • Alumni support

Great jobs for great graduates. Quality jobs and paid internships in South West England with companies that value graduate skills and talent. Because we do! New jobs added daily. Visit www.gradsouthwest.com for more information.

Directors of Brume - Decorative Window Film and Wall Stickers looking through our students work as part of an industry live brief.

Case Study

Third year BA (Hons) Illustration student, Jack Viant was selected to join Hallmark for two weeks in their Bradford studio.

"Jack was very enthusiastic,” said Emma Greaves, Art Director (Creative) at Hallmark UK.

"Great character development with amazing expressions – perfect for humour!"

"It was well worth the trip from Bradford to Plymouth to set a project brief for the Illustration students at Plymouth College of Art. Everyone was very welcoming and we were very impressed with the standard of work," she added.

"All the students were professional when presenting their projects. They had researched and developed some innovative concepts that could have easily translated into greetings cards. Choosing placements proved a difficult task with so much choice."

Student work by Jack Viant, BA (Hons) Illustration student.

"Getting this internship has been a great thing for me," Jack said. "It has taught me to work at a fast yet professional rate.

"I can now mock up final designs within a matter of hours whereas before it would have taken me days. I have a better understanding of image composition and general design which I can apply to numerous briefs and projects.

"I also learned how to work in a professional environment and I gained a good new set of skills which I can apply to my course and future job aspects. The people I worked with were incredibly kind and offered great professional advice.

"Overall it was an incredibly fun time. I met some great people, made a bunch of new friends – and I have some work in the Hallmark archive which is a great bonus."

For further information, contact our Careers & Enterprise Team on 01752 205714 or email careers@pca.ac.uk.

If you're a business or employer interested in working with us or our students, please see our Business Services page.

BA (Hons) Glass student Kelsii Burns took on an internship at Teign Valley Glass and ended up becoming an apprentice to renowned glass artist Layne Rowe.

The Agency

Our in-house Agency is a space where external businesses and organisations pitch paid live projects and briefs for undergraduate students to work on. Beyond providing direct industry experience, The Agency drives innovation and prepares students for a higher level of creative employment upon graduation, or to become independent practitioners within their field. Take a look at The Agency brochure below to see some of the work created by our students.
 

 


“Working at The Agency allowed me to interact with clients and briefs I would never have had the opportunity to engage with while studying. The Agency helped me get really motivated with my work – seeing how it could be applied practically and the exciting projects I could take part in.”

- Allie Couch, BA (Hons) Graphic Design
 

"My work with The Agency (Plymouth College of Art’s in house design company) was one of my first professional experiences, and it was really enriching in terms of developing my confidence in a professional atmosphere. Through this work I became familiar with holding meetings with and presenting work to clients, but also sharing my project work with other students. It taught me that it is crucial to know how to work in a team and also collaborate with people in other areas. For me, The Agency was a great place to learn in a live work situation, whilst doing my undergraduate studies."

- Maria Gimenez Fortea, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design students Allie Couch and Jamie Wynn present their work to clients at the Sherford Project