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Chris Smith

Subject Leader

Chris is the Extended Diploma Photography Joint Subject Leader and a practising artist and freelance photographer. As an artist, his work is mostly concerned with landscapes and environmental issues.

As an educator, Chris has spent many years finding innovative ways to enhance curricula by embedding sustainability and environmental awareness. As a result of this the Extended Diploma in Photography at Plymouth College of Art has featured an assignment on environmental issues for a number of years, which has been run in collaboration with various external organisations, such as Devon Wildlife Trust, The National Marine Aquarium, Regen South West and The National Trust.

During the past two years Chris has devised and overseen a project that brings together sustainability and employability for all the Extended Diploma courses, called ‘The Future’. This project combined a creative assignment with live client project briefs from a range of local businesses and community groups involved with sustainability through the college’s collaboration with Regen South West and the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Chris is also an active campaigner for sustainability in education and has delivered papers at numerous conferences on the subject.

Chris is passionate about his teaching work and particularly enjoys teaching the diverse range of skills and subject matter that the Extended Diploma Photography course covers. Course leadership is enabling him to craft a course that is exciting, dynamic and dedicated to helping our student’s skills blossom. He has taught at Plymouth College of Art since 2004 and has been a course leader for 13 years.

In addition to his teaching role at Plymouth College of Art, Chris is also a fully qualified and practicing counsellor and a tutor at Heartwood, a counselling and psychotherapy training organisation based at Dartington Hall. Chris teaches at Plymouth College of Art three days a week, and teaches counselling for Heartwood for two days a week. Chris is a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).